The Proudest Blue
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.

The Proudest Blue Details

TitleThe Proudest Blue
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 10th, 2019
PublisherLittle Brown Books
ISBN-139780316519007
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Cultural, Islam, Muslims, Academic, School

The Proudest Blue Review

  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    This book is GORGEOUS! Empowering and celebratory of Muslim girls who are hijabis, and their families. The type of book that will help kids feel seen, and help other kids become more understanding. This is an important book that should be on all the shelves.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful book! It’s a true window & mirrors book; readers will see themselves and others will learn about the Muslim faith.
  • Cindy Dobrez
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful story about rites of passage, the bonds of sisters, overcoming classmate cruelty and taunts, and the importance of faith to a young girl. Little sisters look up to older sisters usually and for Faizah watching her sister buy her first hijab and wear it to school on the first day is a special moment. Aly's illustrations are beautiful as they bring to life the ocean/sky blue color that Asiya selects for her hijab. The anonymous way in which the bullies are portrayed is powerful as What a wonderful story about rites of passage, the bonds of sisters, overcoming classmate cruelty and taunts, and the importance of faith to a young girl. Little sisters look up to older sisters usually and for Faizah watching her sister buy her first hijab and wear it to school on the first day is a special moment. Aly's illustrations are beautiful as they bring to life the ocean/sky blue color that Asiya selects for her hijab. The anonymous way in which the bullies are portrayed is powerful as well.How heartbreaking to put down this book with a smile on my face this morning and then pick up my phone and learn about the terrorist attacks on New Zeeland mosques. All the more reason to have books like this in our world.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so beautiful! I sobbed while reading it. I loved the relationship between the sisters. Faziah was so proud of her older sister on her first day of wearing hijab, referring to Asiya as a princess. The other students whispered about Asiya and teased her for wearing a hijab. Faziah was upset by the students' words, but remembered some of her mother's sage wisdom. "Don't carry around the hurtful words that others say. Drop them. They are not yours to keep. They only belong to those who said"Don't This book was so beautiful! I sobbed while reading it. I loved the relationship between the sisters. Faziah was so proud of her older sister on her first day of wearing hijab, referring to Asiya as a princess. The other students whispered about Asiya and teased her for wearing a hijab. Faziah was upset by the students' words, but remembered some of her mother's sage wisdom. "Don't carry around the hurtful words that others say. Drop them. They are not yours to keep. They only belong to those who said them." Those are important words I still need to remember as an adult. Lastly, I love how this book celebrated Muslims! This is an #ownvoices picture book since both authors are hijabis. In her author's note, Ibtihaj Muhammad stated she wrote this book because she wanted it to be a mirror for young Muslims, who are often marginalized both in literature and in the society at large. I wanted to tell this story so that children who look like me could see themselves in a picture book — a story of family, love, and faith ... So that children of color, Mulisms, and those who are both (like me) know they aren't alone and there are many out there who share our experience.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    A book about two Muslim sisters who celebrate pride in their faith by wearing hijab, and also about the cruel remarks bullies can make, and how personal, emotional strength can overcome those remarks. As Asiya and Faizah's mother says, "Don't carry around the hurtful words that others say. Drop them. They are not yours to keep. They belong only to those who said them." This valuable story will encourage young readers to try to understand and celebrate differences and to take strength in faith, t A book about two Muslim sisters who celebrate pride in their faith by wearing hijab, and also about the cruel remarks bullies can make, and how personal, emotional strength can overcome those remarks. As Asiya and Faizah's mother says, "Don't carry around the hurtful words that others say. Drop them. They are not yours to keep. They belong only to those who said them." This valuable story will encourage young readers to try to understand and celebrate differences and to take strength in faith, traditions, and family. It also includes authors' notes at the end, including a "Dear Reader" from co-author and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, which talks about how her personal story impacted the way she told this story, "so that children who look like me could see themselves in a picture book." As a librarian, because of the crucial importance of representation in picture books, these are the kinds of stories we are always looking for for our youngest customers.
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many things I loved about this book. Authored by a former Olympic medalist, the stunning illustrations, especially the faceless bullies, and the message.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous illustrations accompany an empowering story. I loved the supportive and loving relationship of the sisters and the encouraging words from their strong mother. "Some people won't understand your hijab, Mama had said. But if you understand who you are, one day they will too."
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  • Calliope van Poe
    January 1, 1970
    Such a lovely read!
  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful #ownvoice story about a girl who wears hijab to school for the first time and her adoring little sister. There are bullies, but the girls' faith keeps them strong.
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful story both for youngsters who need to see themselves and their culture in picture books and to use to introduce the tradition of wearing the hijab.Sweet and celebratory with absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Hatem Aly.
  • James
    January 1, 1970
    Such a gorgeous cover and illustrations, with an amazing story to go along with it!
  • Barbra
    January 1, 1970
    The first day of school is special to Faizah and very special for her sister Asiya. It's her first day to wear her hijab. She picks ocean blue and feels very proud. Younger sister Faizah gets very worried when she sees other children making fun of her big sister. But they ignore the bullies and become stronger together. This beautiful book is about accepting different cultures. It's about sisters and its about staying true to yourself. A great book to read to young ones and open up a discussion The first day of school is special to Faizah and very special for her sister Asiya. It's her first day to wear her hijab. She picks ocean blue and feels very proud. Younger sister Faizah gets very worried when she sees other children making fun of her big sister. But they ignore the bullies and become stronger together. This beautiful book is about accepting different cultures. It's about sisters and its about staying true to yourself. A great book to read to young ones and open up a discussion about different traditions.
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  • Aolund
    January 1, 1970
    A moving story of standing up for yourself and your beliefs told in an accessible and engaging fashion. Faizah's big sister Asiya is wearing hijab to school for the first time, and despite being bullied by some classmates, she is brave, confident, and proud, a role model for her younger sister, her friends, and for those who read this book. Ideal for a kindergarten or slightly older audience. Themes: School, Islam, Colors, Siblings
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  • Annese
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love everything about it. I need to get my own copy. (I'm currently hoarding a library copy...)I love that this story is presented from little sister Faizah's point of view. I love Faizah's excitement for a her sister's big moment, and imaging her own first day hijab moment. I love the way Faizah interprets the color blue. I LOVE big sister Asiya's unspoken yet unwavering confidence, that served to reassure Faizah of her feelings. I love how this book is relatable I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love everything about it. I need to get my own copy. (I'm currently hoarding a library copy...)I love that this story is presented from little sister Faizah's point of view. I love Faizah's excitement for a her sister's big moment, and imaging her own first day hijab moment. I love the way Faizah interprets the color blue. I LOVE big sister Asiya's unspoken yet unwavering confidence, that served to reassure Faizah of her feelings. I love how this book is relatable and easy for children to understand. I love Faizah light up shoes. AHHHH, I could go on!!I'll end with this: I have no idea what it feels like to be a young black Muslim girl in this world, but I hope ANY young girl who identifies as such can walk into my library (or anywhere in the world for that matter), see this book and feel special and seen. LOVE!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very personal to me. It allowed me to see that I am not the only one that goes through the feeling of wanting to start wearing the hijab and constantly looking out for those who wear it. In this story it shared the story of 2 sisters who had started the first day of school but it was not only the start of a new school year it was the first day of starting to wear the hijab. The younger sister was so proud of her sister but noticed that people did not see her sisters hijab as beauti This book was very personal to me. It allowed me to see that I am not the only one that goes through the feeling of wanting to start wearing the hijab and constantly looking out for those who wear it. In this story it shared the story of 2 sisters who had started the first day of school but it was not only the start of a new school year it was the first day of starting to wear the hijab. The younger sister was so proud of her sister but noticed that people did not see her sisters hijab as beautiful. This book shows that everyone is different and we have to value and appreciate others and not judge them because they look different then you.
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  • Shireen Hakim
    January 1, 1970
    "If you understand who you are, one day they will too."I almost cried tears of blue like Faizah's Hijab. This story of a younger sister Asiya worried about her older sister being bullied for wearing Hijab to school for the first time is so sweet I wanted the book to continue forever. Read it.
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  • Engel Dreizehn
    January 1, 1970
    Really is encouraging and beautiful narrative for anyone, whoa re aware they socially-culturally different yet unique. Prose was beautiful with it's imagery and poetic voice along side the seas of illustrations.
  • Morgan Rhule
    January 1, 1970
    With bright illustrations and colorful language this book brings you with a young girl who looks up to her sister for wearing a hijab during the first day of school. With words of pride and wisdom along with situations where those words are useful this book allows children to either find pride in who they are or learn about others who may be different.
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  • Victoria Shircliffe
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful art, beautiful writing, beautiful message. Ibtihaj Muhammad is a wonderful role model for young women; she has a beautiful heart and mind.
  • mg
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful story of a younger sister being proud of her older sister for wearing hijab for the first time.
  • Erin Downing
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely story with gorgeous illustrations!
  • Jayne Pixton
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful book.
  • Melissa Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot wait to read this story ro my niece. It is absolutely beautiful. The illustrations are stunning, but the story is so wonderful. A story of two sisters. For Faizah, it's her first day of school and for her sister Asiya, it her first day of hijab. To Faizah the hijab is the ocean and her sister a princess. I really loved this story and the author's note at the end. Beautiful.
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  • Isaiah
    January 1, 1970
    YES!
  • michele
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful message and beautiful illustrations. Really, I can't get over some of the gorgeous spreads Hatem Aly created to show Asiya's power. And I loved how the kids who make fun of her are portrayed without specific defining features.The author, Ibtihaj Muhammad, said she wanted to tell this story to help others "see that the parts of ourselves that might make us appear 'different' are worth celebrating." This is an amazing book to help anyone who feel "othered" by their faith re A beautiful message and beautiful illustrations. Really, I can't get over some of the gorgeous spreads Hatem Aly created to show Asiya's power. And I loved how the kids who make fun of her are portrayed without specific defining features.The author, Ibtihaj Muhammad, said she wanted to tell this story to help others "see that the parts of ourselves that might make us appear 'different' are worth celebrating." This is an amazing book to help anyone who feel "othered" by their faith realize that they are not alone and that those differences are worth celebrating. S. K. Ali, the co-author (I believe), said it all when she stated, "this book can serve as a testimony to the fire and love within ourselves, which all of us--not just those othered for observing hijab--can reach for in times of fear and sadness."Quotes from the book:Some people won't understand your hijab, Mama had said. But if you understand who you are, one day they will too.Mama: Don't carry around the hurtful words that others say. Drop them. They are not yours to keep. They belong only to those who said them.
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  • Margaret Boling
    January 1, 1970
    Why I want to read this book:https://twitter.com/BrightAgencyUS/st...
  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    The book "The Proudest Blue," by Ibtihaj Muhammad is a story about a little girl's older sister who chooses to wear a bright, ocean blue hijab on the first day of school. The beginning-middle of the story focuses on the little girl praising her sister for picking out such a bold color. She mentions her sister looks like a princess, and so she feels like one too. She goes throughout the day mentioning her sister's hijab to everyone she sees. She compares her bright blue hijab to the ocean, the sk The book "The Proudest Blue," by Ibtihaj Muhammad is a story about a little girl's older sister who chooses to wear a bright, ocean blue hijab on the first day of school. The beginning-middle of the story focuses on the little girl praising her sister for picking out such a bold color. She mentions her sister looks like a princess, and so she feels like one too. She goes throughout the day mentioning her sister's hijab to everyone she sees. She compares her bright blue hijab to the ocean, the sky, and many more beautiful blue things. This book discusses some tough issues such as bullying and judgement about the Muslim religion and the reasoning behind the hijab. It also teaches a beautiful lesson about the importance of a young girl wearing a hijab and how it means they are growing up and taking new steps. The book made me think about what is most often viewed as a clothing item, and how it was so much more than just a clothing item to those who wear it. It inspired me to do more research about the topic, and I believe it will do the same for my students when I read it for them. While the book has a beautiful message, I only rated it three stars because the text itself is underdeveloped in my opinion. The text supports the plot of the story, but doesn't do much beyond that. I would use it to introduce the topic of Muslim religion/culture, but nothing further.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, along with S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly, have composed a truly wonderful and confidence building picture book that will be enjoyed by the young and the mature, female or male, religious or not, the open minded and the closed (that will eventually be opened). When a young girl's pride and admiration of her older sister's first-day hijab is met with negative and biased opinions by peers, she takes the advice of her mother: "Don't carry around the hurtful words that oth Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, along with S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly, have composed a truly wonderful and confidence building picture book that will be enjoyed by the young and the mature, female or male, religious or not, the open minded and the closed (that will eventually be opened). When a young girl's pride and admiration of her older sister's first-day hijab is met with negative and biased opinions by peers, she takes the advice of her mother: "Don't carry around the hurtful words that others say. Drop them. They are not yours to keep. They belong only to those who said them.", and quickly follows it with one of the best acts of rebellion by any heroine in the history of literature: "It takes me forty-eight steps to get away from the yelling boy." - Faizah.I would encourage each school and communal library to carry a copy of this book, and to keep it circulating as much as possible! Without books like this, and authors/heroes like Ibtihaj and company, how can we truly celebrate and learn from others in this beautiful and diverse world?
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    In this gorgeously illustrated book, the narrator's older sister, Asiya, purchases her first hijab for her first day of school. The narrator, Faizah, thinks her sister's new blue hijab is beautiful, and simply doesn't understand why a group of schoolmates taunt Asiya for her scarf. For Faizah, the hijab is a part of Asiya, both "special and regular," and an "ocean waving to the sky. It's always there, strong and friendly." This book would undoubtedly be empowering to young Muslim girls on the pa In this gorgeously illustrated book, the narrator's older sister, Asiya, purchases her first hijab for her first day of school. The narrator, Faizah, thinks her sister's new blue hijab is beautiful, and simply doesn't understand why a group of schoolmates taunt Asiya for her scarf. For Faizah, the hijab is a part of Asiya, both "special and regular," and an "ocean waving to the sky. It's always there, strong and friendly." This book would undoubtedly be empowering to young Muslim girls on the path to wearing their first hijab as well as educational to non-Muslim children as to why Muslim women and girls wear hijabs. As you read, the taunts unfortunately reflect what many Muslim women and girls hear in today's society, and Faizah's mother's answers to those taunts reflect the difficulty of being Muslim in that same society. At the end of the book, Olympic Medalist (and author) Ibtihaj Muhammad talks of her journey with the hijab, giving an even more in-depth look to what the hijab means to Muslim women and girls.
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  • Ettak
    January 1, 1970
    The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad centers around little Faizah and her big sister Asiya on the first day of a new school year AND the first day of Asiya wearing hijab to school. The excitement Faizah feels towards her big sister wearing hijab is marred when people start to question in different ways Asiya's wearing of the hijab. How they both react to the these questions/comments is inspiring. I love how little Faizah is always counting steps! The accompanying illustrations are simply beautiful: the oce The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad centers around little Faizah and her big sister Asiya on the first day of a new school year AND the first day of Asiya wearing hijab to school. The excitement Faizah feels towards her big sister wearing hijab is marred when people start to question in different ways Asiya's wearing of the hijab. How they both react to the these questions/comments is inspiring. I love how little Faizah is always counting steps! The accompanying illustrations are simply beautiful: the ocean blue color of Asiya's hijab is used to full effect in expressing inner strength and the pride Faizah has in her sister.
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