The Proudest Blue

The Proudest Blue

A Story of Hijab and Family

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, ©2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316519007
Branch Call Number: Z MUH
Characteristics: 34 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 27 cm


From Library Staff

Whether they wear a hijab or not, children will be interested by this story by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic sabre fencer and the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics. The story follows two girls on their first day at a new school and wh... Read More »

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JCLLizW Jul 09, 2020

A beautiful story about learning to let go of hateful words and be proud of your culture, enhanced by Hatem Aly's wonderful illustrations. This book is especially cool because one of the authors, Ibtihaj Muhammad, was the first Muslim American woman to wear hijab while competing in the Olympics.

May 26, 2020

What a beautiful book. The words and the pictures went directly to my heart.

IndyPL_JosephL Dec 07, 2019

Profoundly beautiful illustrations match this strong, empowering story of a young girl taking pride in her family traditions as her older sister wears her first hijab to school--one that is the color of blue between sea and sky. Out of love for her sister, she feels like she needs to defend her from the older bullies that mock her but learns from her sister to, instead, ignore other people's hate and ignorance and simply be proud of who you are.

PimaLib_TeneciaP Sep 13, 2019

Love, strength, family, faith, tradition. This book teaches not only about the hijab but these important lessons as well.

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