Mommy’s Khimar

Mommy’s Khimar, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Ebon Glenn, Salaam Reads 2018
03/07/2019 Review

This is the third treasure I found on my library’s new-books shelf. It’s written by another debut author – Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow – and illustrated by Ebony Glenn.

The back cover description quotes the first couple of lines in the book – “A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears. Before she walks out the door each day, she wraps one around her head.”

Mommy’s Khimar is a beautiful story about a daughter’s love and admiration for her mother, and the wonder-filled joy a little girl takes in the grown-up womanly things she associates with her mom – in this case, her beautiful yellow khimar. The main character is sweet, imaginative, and has a joyful and loving spirit. When she wears her Mommy’s khimar, she simultaneously feels closer to her mother and gains the confidence to jump into her own creative adventures. The book touchingly portrays her relationships with the other women in her life, too – her grandmother, “Mom-Mom,” the older women at the mosque, and her Arabic teacher.

The illustrations are vibrant, imaginative, and sweet, just like the main character – in other words, they perfectly convey the tone of the text.

My children really enjoyed reading this story, and I love that it introduced them to another culture and religion in such a relatable way.

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