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Enter the imaginary world of a little girl playing with her mother's hijaab. With a swirl of the hijaab, she is at once a brave warrior queen, an adventurous nomad in the desert, a beautiful bride, inside a bedouin tent....

Title : The Swirling Hijaab
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ISBN : 9781852691639
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 24 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Swirling Hijaab Reviews

  • AiyshaIlyas
    2018-10-16 15:49

    After experience as a teacher, Robert wrote her first picturebook which addressed multiculturalism. Culture is represented in The Swirling Hijaab from the viewpoint of a child. Roberts use of first person narrative from the girls perspective would allow child readers to relate and comprehend the use of the hijaab as they follow her journey. The illustrations assist this, as all of the pictures bleed to provide the reader with an immersive experience of the girl's imagination. The hijaab, a piece of cloth, is a symbolic item which provides the girl with a sense of empowerment as her journey entails powerful roles such as becoming a warrior queen and a beautiful bride. The metaphors used to describe the hijaab as "soft and wide" and the illustration of the hijaab as it flows onto the recto of the first page, allows the reader to immediately recognise the subject of this story, the hijaab. The representation of the hijaab as a succinct black colour enables it to stand out from the other bright colours used. The use of bright colours reflects exhilaration and discovery of the different cultures. For example, the use of the sari represents Indian culture, the use of the tea party represents western culture, and the nomad's culture is illustrated as they travel. However, the journey ends on the last page where the purpose and meaning of the hijaab is portrayed. This would provide a simple explanation to the child reader of why Muslims wear the hijaab. Robert acknowledges the implied reader suggesting children would apply their previous knowledge of different cultures to derive meaning from the story. Nilesh Mistry's illustrations would allow child readers to also gain new knowledge and depictions of culture. This ca be reinforced by adult readers through exploring deeper meaning and raising points which are beyond the words of the text (Meek, 1988). This book contributes to exploring and clarifying the purpose of the hijaab, which is important and relative to current society. This book addresses diversity and would be a good opportunity for children to develop their understanding of diverse backgrounds and faiths.

  • Michelle Byrne
    2018-11-11 21:54

    I came across this book as an adult whilst studying for my degree in education I was exploring literature from other cultures. I found this text particularly striking in its simplicity and poignance regarding an often devicive symbol of culture and femininity. Through the innocent perception of a child the author strips back and lays bare the fabric of the hijaab to what is quite simply a piece of cloth. As an adult I found it refreshing and inspiring that through such an innocent and culturally valuable text the concept of interpretation and allocation of both meaning and function was so successfully questioned and perceived.The story takes the garment through an array of contexts and distance lands all within the construct of a child's imagination.

  • Alison
    2018-10-21 19:49

    A rhyming picture book about a little girl, showing her imaginative games with her mum's hijaab. Amongst other thing it becomes a fort, a warrior queen's cloak, a Bedouin tent and a picnic blanket. At the end of the book, the girl is shown wearing the hijaab to show its importance to her mum when praying.This would be a wonderful book to read in a Reception or Year 1 class to discuss children's own experience of dressing up games, as part of a topic on clothes or, in RE, to introduce Islam. My copy is a dual text edition in Somali and English. Highly recommended, as are all Na'ima bint Robert's books.

  • Sajeda Assenjee
    2018-11-12 13:59

    Just finished reading this lovely book. It is beautifully illustrated with pictures of how to use the hijab. My class thoroughly enjoyed the story and were able to understand why Muslim women wear the hijab. They enjoyed the different ideas for the use of the hijab from the little girl and used ideas to draw pictures with hijabs. A good book to introduce children to the idea of the hijab.

  • Taghreed Arman
    2018-11-13 21:52

    The Swirling Hijaab is an awesome book. The illustrations were straight to the point. The book is a about a young girl that explores the different things she does with her mothers Hijaab. She goes on adventures with it and explains its use in each adventure. "Covering my mom as part of her faith is what the Hijaab does best."

  • Library Quine
    2018-11-03 21:15

    Simple text about the wonderful things a little girl can do with her mummy's hijaab. It's a fort, a ship's sail, a warrior queen's cloak, and so much more. Most importantly it covers her mum as part of her faith. A lovely gentle introduction as to why Muslim ladies wear the hijaab, and has great potential to show how imagination can transform a familiar object. I'm looking forward to telling this story with a big soft square of material, so the storytime group can all experience the swirling hijaab and encourage the children to mimic each picture with a scarf of their own.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-10-31 16:59

    Apparently, there were a bunch of versions of this story, printed in English and another language. The one I read was in English and Somali.A young girl describes the different things she can do with her mother's hijaab, or head covering. It reminded me of Carmen Tafolla's What Can You Do With a Rebozo?, and would pair nicely with it. I especially liked the final spread, in which the girl acknowledges the true use of the hijaab. Very nicely done, but apparently only available through the publisher, Mantra Lingua, which is in the UK.

  • Aubrey
    2018-11-06 15:02

    In English and Urdu. Beautiful, colorful, flowing drawings. About a girl who uses her hijaab as piece in her adventures: for a tea party blanket, as a cape to play warrior, as a fort and ship's sail, although her favorite use is for a head covering as part of her faith. Excellent children's book.

  • Mathew
    2018-10-25 18:51

    This is a simple, rhyming story in which a young girl celebrates and embraces her mother's Hijaab playing with it in different ways of using it imaginatively such as pretending it's a tent, or a robe for a warrior princess. For me, especially in the current climate, it is important in breaking down barriers and demystifying the hijaab.

  • Fouzia Dib
    2018-11-06 16:03

    I didn'i like this book! From the perceptive of an Ex-muslim, I would say that this book is a lie to kids especially little muslim girls. Trying to hide what Hijaab means exactly! I would put 0 stars if I could. This is an Indoctrination's type of book!.

  • Mikelle
    2018-11-08 15:47

    Read this as part of learning German (dual language book) and found that it gave me a greater understanding of the importance of a Hijaab, through the eyes of a child. Beautifully done and very sweet.

  • Cara Byrne
    2018-11-06 21:50

    A bilingual book about a little girl playing with her mother's hijaab. She feels empowered by this garment worn, ultimately, to show "part of her faith."

  • Amy
    2018-11-10 18:00

    The many uses for a hijaab as told my an imaginative young girl...some lovely illustrations...told in somali & english

  • Sandy
    2018-10-16 14:07

    Really sweet story about a girl who imagines all the ways she can use her mother's hijaab. The story ends peacefully and solemnly with the little girl wearing her mother's hijaab and praying.

  • Lynn
    2018-11-10 17:52

    Cute book about a little girl wearing and playing with her hijab. I used this book with a girl who was embarrassed by her hijab and kids wondered why she wore it. This book made wearing it. Oil and took the pressure off her.