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Mommy’s Khimar — 21 Comments

  1. This book is filled with vocabulary for children and adults. I love the explanation of who what when where and why when it comes to the Khimar. The students and I looked up online the correct way to pronounce the vocabulary and more. Loved the illustrations and the eyes of the little girl. Can’t wait to add this to my classroom library. 5 of 5 stars.

  2. This was a wonderful book. I loved the illustrations. I feel like kids would be able to relate to main character’s desire to emulate her mother. Many kids look up to an older person or adult, and try to copy aspects of their dress or behavior. I very much enjoyed that the story used another culture to discuss such a common theme among children.

  3. I plan to purchase this book for our library. We currently don’t have any muslim students who wear a khimar or hijab, I want to be prepared for that time when I have a student ask me, “Why does she have a scarf on her head?” I love this girl’s imagination. How a simple scarf can make her a yellow bird who protects her little bird baby brother or makes her a superhero. The illustration are vivid. The language is strong, loving and happy.

  4. I loved reading this book. The illustrations are beautiful and simple and inspiring. The love of the family is portrayed through the pictures and the text. I enjoyed the imagination and creativity of the little girl and felt like I had a window into the Islamic culture and the wearing of the hijab. It introduces a new culture and new vocabulary in a relatable and meaningful way. 5/5 stars

  5. I enjoyed reading this book.The text and illustrations together created a beautiful, fun story. This would make a great read aloud at the start of the school year for primary age students. Most students love pretend play and dressing up in items belonging to someone special to them so they will relate to the young girl in the story. I am always looking for great books that represent students from diverse cultures. This is a must add to the library. 5 out of 5 stars.

  6. Right from the cover art, illustrator Ebony Glenn conveyed the feelings I got while reading this lovely book…loving and happiness. At my school, while we do have a few mothers who regularly wear a khimar, it is definitely not a large part of our population so I am glad to have this book that “de-mystifies” the head scarf and shows how it is simply part of her Mommy’s clothing. I would use this book with younger students because I agree with an earlier post that the main character seems a little younger. I think it could actually be a good pairing with Julian is a Mermaid because of the imaginative sequence when she pretends she is many different things while wearing the khimar.
    The only thing I see as an issue with this book is that on the last page it mentions Mommy being away…but Mommy was just there to put her to bed. It is a bit confusing to me. I know that earlier in the book the little girl mentioned that when she wears the khimar she feels like Mommy is with her even if she’s away…but the last page says it in a way that makes it sound like she is presently away.

  7. This is such a lovely book. Although it is on a list for grades 2-3, I think it is best suited for k-1, mainly because the main character seems to be a younger child and she engages in imaginary play. Although the concept of explaining the khimar/hijab is suited for all age groups, the illustrations, in combination with the text, would make this book much more interesting for early grades.

    I particularly loved the section where the Christian grandma comes over and is clearly delighted by how her granddaughter looks in her yellow khimar. The statement that they are not of the same faith, “but that’s ok” is terrific and much welcomed in this politically/religiously divided world. It’s also the reality that there is diversity within families and that families of color are not a “one size fits all” monolith. I also loved the illustrations where the girl uses the khimar in imaginary play, becoming a super hero, a mommy bird, a queen or a star.

    I am giving the book a 4 out of 5 stars just because I didn’t think the last line of the last page fit. It says that “Mommy is away”, but the mother was there at night when they put their khimars away. This is a minor complaint- I will definitely be adding this to my collection. The message/illustrations are amazing!

  8. This past spring Scholastic had this book available and I immediately ordered it. When I read it a few months ago, I was struck by the creative nature of the little girl and the overwhelming love of the family. As I read it again today, I fell even more in love with the book and its beautiful, bright illustrations. This is certainly a book that I will do as a read aloud at the beginning of the year when we are getting to know each other as we talk about our similarities and differences. I’m so happy that I have already added this gem to our classroom library.

  9. This is a cute story and would be appropriate for K-1st grade. It helps to explain why the khimar or hijab is worn and how important it is to the culture. The illustrations are well done and fit the story so well. At this age children love to dress up and wear clothing that belongs to mom or dad and they would really relate.

  10. I absolutely loved this book. I loved how the love the girl has for her mother radiates through the text and illustrations. This book not only clearly communicates how incredibly special a khimar is to people of that culture, but also shows that on another level people and families of all types are very much alike.

    I think this book is one that definitely should be included in curriculum throughout schools, especially in Minnesota, with our prominent Somali population. Mommy’s Khimar gracefully answers questions students may have about khimars/hijabs while also showing that kids of all cultures are very similar and share many of the same interests. I think this book would be a valuable addition to school curriculum because differences, even among families, but also honors and celebrates belonging to a particular community.

    This book really inspires me to celebrate the differences and the connections we share with others. I also fills my heart with hope and happiness.

    Overall rating: 5/5 stars

  11. This was such a pretty book! The love and admiration the little girl had for her mom was very evident. I like how Grandma was included and even though she had a different faith they were still family. I wished the author would have explained why the girl called it a khimar, but others call it a hijab.

  12. I have so many Somali students and many of my student, me included, don’t know what a khimar is. This book would definitely open that discussion up. It was a darling story about how the daughter loves to dress in mom’s clothes. The illustrations were beautiful. 10/10.

  13. Every little kids has something of their parents they long to wear when they get bigger. They pretend they are grown-up and we get to see a small piece of their parents come out in their play time. I like how the author brings this out when the little girl puts on her mothers khimar. This is a great book to add to my personal library. I give this book a 4/5.

  14. I really liked this book and recommended it as a nominee when I served as a reader for the Star of the North picture book award earlier this year. It is bright, colorful, and such a lovely depiction of the imagination and creativity of a young child playing dress up. And of course, I appreciate the diversity it portrays.
    I would use this book as part of my “clothing” themed storytime. In the classroom it would make for a great read aloud. I can see it prompting rich discussion in either setting. Children are very good at noticing differences and then using those differences to find ways that we are connected by them.
    5/5 stars

  15. What a creative and beautifully written book! Many of my students are Muslim and wear hijabs. I love that this book helps us celebrate our diversity but also that there is additional diversity and acceptance within the book for others who have chosen to believe differently within the culture. “We are a family and we love each other just the same.” A great new follow-up picture book that portrays an older girl who explores all the many ways she and others choose to wear or not wear their hijab is called “Under My Hijab” and written by Hena Khan. “These wonderful girls and smart women inspire me with all that they do. I can wear my hijab like each of them or try something totally new.” I see both these books as must-reads for me! Rate 5/5 stellar stars!

  16. I enjoyed this book. It shows the love of a child for her mother. It makes me think of being a kid and dressing up and taking myself to a new place and land. I enjoyed that this book reached out through another culture. Our world has so much diversity we as educators need to see through the eyes of so many students.

  17. I found this book to be so sweet and the illustrations just glowed! The love between a parent and a child is universal and that message was conveyed beautifully in this book!

    I will definitely use this book as a read aloud with my primary student as a way to bring a bit more diversity to them. I can see it inviting all sorts of conversation about their own relationships with loved adults. It invites sensitive conversations about diversity and respect among communities and even within families.

    I give this book 5/5 stars.

  18. I LOVED this book! There are many children that I have taught that were khimars, but most call them hijabs. Some students seem uncertain about students wearing these and don’t understand. This is a positive way to show how one little girl loves and admires her mother’s Khimars.
    I would use this as a read a lot. I would then encourage students to talk about things they wear daily or on special occasions that they really enjoy. What do those things mean to them? What do they mean to your family?
    This may also be a good book for free reading.
    It could also be brought into an art lesson. If each student could design their own khimar, what would it look like?