Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Title: Mommy's Khimar
Author: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow @authorjamilah
Illustrator: Ebony Glenn
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Islamic Content: Khimar/Hijab
The little girl's mother wears a khimar every time she leaves the house, and she loves to play pretend with her mother's yellow scarf, her favourite colour. She is like the bright sun, or a shining star, like a queen or a superhero in a cape, even a mama bird that takes care of her sleeping little bird. Most of all, when she wears her mama's scarf, she can feel her presence through the scent of her coconut oil and cocoa butter mama uses.
I actually read this book when it first came out, before I started this page and I don't why it took so long to have it featured here. This dreamy book is absolutely stunning. So many beautiful aspects of hijab come through. First of all, can I just say how ecstatic I am to see that a mainstream book is referring to the scarf as the khimar!
The book begins by an introduction to khimar and continues to show a healthy imagination of play pretend. Then it goes on to show the depth of connection the little girl feels for her mother, the compassion for her little brother and the love she has for her grandmother. So refreshing to see this book represent a mixed-faith family. She explains that her grandmother doesn't wear a khimar or go to the mosque like she and her parents and they love each other just as much. The little girl also goes on to describe the reaction she gets from other Muslim ladies when they see her in hijab. This book truly captures the little girl's love for khimar. It is flawlessly presented from a child's perspective and it is a must-have book.