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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family (2019)

by Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.
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A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.
  NativityPeaceLibrary | May 29, 2022 |
On the most beautiful day of school, Asiyah wears her hijab for the first time. The first day of wearing a hijab is special. It means being strong. Sister Faizah hears a boy laugh at her and wonders "why?". Then another boy yells, "I am going to pull that tablecloth off your head. Mama says to drown the hurtful words that others say, "they are not yours to keep". The two sisters proudly walk home together in solidarity.

Critical Analysis: This mirror/window/sliding door story promotes diversity and fosters being proud of your own identity/cultural identity. Children can learn about the differences in others and appreciate and value that diversity. They could talk about the characters aad judge the appropriateness of the behaviors and predict possible consequences as well as moral and ethical discussion making (especially discussion of bullying) They will be able to make inferences about the feelings of others, develop compassion and empathy, and engaging in prosocial behaviors and through roleplaying

Favorite quote: "Asiyah's hijab is like the ocean and the sky no line between them saying hello with a loud wave saying I'll always be here, like sisters, like me and Asiyah." ( )
  J_Odiorne | May 10, 2022 |
Great story with wonderful illustrations ( )
  Georgiaeli | Mar 8, 2022 |
Excellently illustrated, rich with symbolism and culture, The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family shows the importance of the religious garment while showing the effects on the family. The storyline is not forced, feeling very natural and engaging while telling the story. The illustrations are breathtaking and are rightly considered as works of art in and of themselves, spanning across pages and showing the depth and importance of the story. Extremely well done. ( )
  HeidiSV | Feb 5, 2022 |
This beautiful picture book is about a girl, Faizah, who looks up to her sister, Asiya. Today is a very special day, it is the first day her sister gets to wear a hijab. Asiya chooses the color blue like the waves of the ocean. Faizah adores her and the choice to wear the hijab. When kids at school think Faizah's sister is strange and make comments and fun of Asiya. Faizah only sees more beauty and strength. This a story about love of sisters, the power of family and faith.
  MelissaSweeney | Jul 27, 2021 |
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Zayd and Maliha -- may your faith be greater than your fears. - IM
In memory of Raheemah Yazdani. -SKA
To my mother, Samia Abdel Mohsen, with love. - HA
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Mama holds out the pink. Mama loves pink.
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Asiya's hijab isn't a whisper. Asiya's hijab is like the sky on a sunny day. The sky isn't a whisper. It's always there, special and regular.
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