by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
This is a lovely read, and especially refreshing to have a positive spin on the khimar (or hijab) where often the portrayal in American media is negative. I also loved how the topic of interfaith families is touched on just ever-so-gently in this family (I don’t have the book in front of me but it’s something like, Grandma doesn’t wear a khimar, she doesn’t go to mosque like us, she goes to church but she loves me just the same). I read this one in quick succession with Mama’s Saris and also What Can You Do With a Rebozo, and was struck by how similar these pieces of cloth are in their versatility and the connection they make between grandmothers, mothers, and daughters, so I put them together and did a storytime about them. (I actually ended up reading My Dadima Wears a Sari – and abbreviating it for time reasons.) The craft was paper dolls and paper clothes, then they could take a scrap of fabric from the fabric box to make a rebozo/sari/khimar to go on top. Overall, one of my favorite storytime themes I’ve done!