Under My Hijab by Hena Khan; illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel. 2019. Adobe Photoshop. Published by Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Brief summary: A young girl shares how six different women in her life wear their hijab according to their own preferences. She observes how the headscarf is worn in different styles and considers how she would like to wear her hijab one day that would match her personality too.
Comments: I learned that Hijab is singular and plural. There is an “About the Hijab” section in the back that explained that a Muslim female may choose to wear the hijab or not depending on her interpretation of Islamic religious requirements. The headscarf is often taken off at home. Girls don’t wear the hijab daily until adolescence, so that could be why the young girl in the book is considering how other women in her community wear theirs.
I think I would share this book by bringing in my mother’s lace scarf that she and the other women use to wear on their heads when they went to Mass in the early 1960s. She did not wear it any other time and would always have it in her pocketbook.
The illustrations are bright and colorful especially the eye catching cover.
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear; illustrated by Julie Morstad. 2018. Liquid watercolor, gouache, and pencil crayons. Published by HarperCollins.
Brief summary: Growing up in Italy, Elsa notices the brilliant colors of the flowers. She enjoys designing dresses and is influenced by the countries she visits. Back in Paris, she befriends other artists of the surrealistic art movement and begins to bloom at age 37 when she opens her first shop. She and a chemist, Jean Clement, create a bright pink in which she uses in her dress fabrics.
Comments: End pages are brilliant pink. Told in the first person narrative through Elsa’s voice. She was known as mixing fabrics not commonly done and often had clothing as art. Brief bio sketch in the back detailing some of the new clothing creations that are common today like see-through raincoats and colored tights. Book for the young artistic fashionista.
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