A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school - and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab
Product Code: 8486
ISBN: 9780316519007
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Pages: 40
Published Date: 09/10/2019
Availability:In stock
Price: $17.99

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.

Ages 4 to 8

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"Inspiring... The lovely, playful illustrations by Aly capture the spirit of imagination and sisterly solidarity in the face of bullying." - New York Times Book Review

"Memorable and inspiring... Triumphant and true." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A lovely blend of emotional lyricism and closely observed everyday life." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Aly's ink-wash-and-pencil illustrations settle and soar along with the language.... This story, as both window and mirror, inevitably educates, but more important, it encourages pride in and respect for hijab through a tale of two sisters, their bond strengthened by faith." - Booklist, starred review

"This excellent story about identity, visibility, and confidence, touches on rites of passage, bonds between sisters, and bullying and is unapologetic in tackling misconceptions and demanding equality." - School Library Journal, starred review

"Hatem Aly's ink-wash and watercolour illustrations perfectly complement the lyricism of Muhammed and Ali's moving text." - The Globe and Mail

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