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Book of the Week: The Proudest Blue

By Pathways

Written by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly, published by Andersen Press

A new year and a new term – Faizya can’t wait to get to school with her new light-up shoes. More importantly, it’s her big sister Asiya’s first day of wearing a hijab. Faizya is mesmerised by the bright blue headscarf her sister has chosen – the colour of the sky and the waves. She looks for it in crowds and dreams of the day when she too can wear a hijab with her sister.

But not everyone sees the headscarf as beautiful. Throughout the day, little Faizya sees children laughing at her sister and passing hurtful comments. How will Faizya respond? Will she find new ways to be strong?

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