Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: In this follow-up to The Proudest Blue, Faizah is happy to be heading to school in the red dress that has been worn by both Mama and her older sister Asiya. Her teacher has the class brainstorm about what kind of world they want to live in, and the kids put their ideas into practice on the playground, helping and including each other in their games. After recess, the class lines up for picture day, Faizah feeling great in her new dress. But when her classmates’ siblings come to pick them up, she notices that many of them are dressed alike, unlike her and Asiya. Her best friend Sophie saves the day, taking off her red sash and wrapping it around Faizah’s head just like Asiya’s hijab. Includes an author’s note about her experiences she used to write this book and a photo of her with her older sister and brother. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: I was excited to see this book, because I have several girls in my school who wear hijab, and they love The Proudest Blue. Two of them have checked it out a total of five times in the last year. I’m sure they’ll enjoy this new story with its focus on kindness, friendship, and family.
Cons: I couldn’t quite figure out why all the siblings were dressed alike. Were they also being photographed in family groups?
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