Hana’s Hundreds of Hijabs (Razeena Omar Gutta)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Hana’s Hundreds of Hijabs, written by Razeena Omar Gutta and illustrated by Manal Mirza, a tale of one fashion-forward girl learning the importance of selfless service.

Hana is, without a doubt, the most fashionable kid in school. Her vast collection of hijabs and accessories, as well as her meticulous and unique ways of styling them, are the envy of her friends, and they all come to her for advice on their own outfits. Hana loves to express herself through her hijabi style, building avant garde looks around each individual article. Unfortunately, there are two problems with Hana’s passion for fashion: one, her complicated styling sessions are always making her late for school; and two, her hijab and accessory collection has taken over the entire house! Can Hana find a way to share her talent and creativity in a way that is more considerate of others… or better, in a way that provides them their own feeling of fabulosity?

Fantastic and chic. Pairing Gutta’s playful yet earnest text with Mirza’s warm and brightly-patterned artwork, the result is a story that beautifully explores both hijabi fashion and a lesson in generosity. The spectrum of hijabi culture and fashion is particularly cool; Hana’s story goes into why wearing hijab is important to her, but it also clearly establishes that Hana doesn’t see her hijab as an obligation (a common misconception), but something she takes great job in making her own and expressing herself through. It also firmly establishes that wearing hijab is a personal choice; while Hana’s mother wears hijab, for instance, her Aunt does not, and Hana’s friends are a mix of hijabis and non-hijabis. The length is great for a storytime, and JJ loved the creative fashions and theme of helping others. Overall, an awesome read for fashion lovers, and we recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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