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Not Now, Noor!

Not Now, Noor!

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Inspired by the experiences of Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad, this is a beautiful and powerful story about the bond shared between siblings and being proud of yourself and your beliefs. This is such an important book to help children to understand more about other cultures and beliefs and it is great to see picture books representing everybody in our community. This 32 page book is incredibly adorable and silly, and yet so vague in the answer that is the whole premise of the book, that it really has me wondering why we are so afraid (in children's books and possibly in our daily lives) to say that we wear hijab because Allah swt commands it? Imagine Me Stories is an award winning monthly subscription box that aims to inspire all children by providing quality black children's literature and empowering black history activities.

She briefly worked as product designer in Japan and Indonesia before moving to the United States to study children's book illustration. Born and raised in Newcastle Upon Tyne and currently residing in Birmingham, Farhana Islam is a Primary School Teacher with a passion for telling stories and empowering diverse voices. Perhaps the trend has me more frustrated than this book on its own warrants, it really is sweet and I don't regret purchasing it and having it sent from the UK. Just as Noor is ready to give up on her quest, her Ammu arrives home and knows just the thing to say.The illustrations throughout this story are so colourful and vibrant and bring Noor and her family to life through the pages. Back to the story, Noor starts by asking her sister, the coolest hijabi she knows, if she wears it to hide her snacks in, or hide her big ears, but Affa brushes her off with a, "not now, Noor" and she is off to the next family member to ask. A flowery sentiment, but little Noor and the reader never got the answer as to why Muslim women wear hijab, and I think that it is unfortunate. This instructive board book opens with the simple statement that many religious people wear head coverings to show their love of God. Farina Islam and Nabila Adani’s picture book is a bright, cheerful and slightly cheeky look at what the hijab is and why some Muslim women wear it.

Noor’s imaginative thoughts on why her relatives may wear hijab made me smile and I really liked the fact that when she finally gets an answer, her mum stresses how it is Noor’s choice to wear hijab but that it does go to her mum’s identity as a Muslim and she is unapologetic about that. Noor’s facial expressions, from excitement to dismay, are brilliantly funny and work well alongside the text.

When Noor finally gets to her mom it is she who answers with poetic lyricism, "We are Muslim women, my Noor, Unapologetic and true. It seems to be a common approach lately, and I wish that more picture books about hijab would clearly articulate that the commandment to cover is in the Quran. Using a vibrant colour palette of reds, yellows and purples, the beautiful artwork is full of emotion and movement.

Big fan of what this book does: show a sweet and funny little girl lovingly interacting with her family and asking big questions. With my own children way past sharing such titles with me, and my own knowledge now quite poor, I have mostly relied on recommendations from my Twitter friends up until now to guide my acquisitions. The biggest question on her mind is why her Ammu (mum) and the other women in her family wear a hijab (headscarf). For those who are Muslim, it shows authentic representation of hijabis and for those who are not, it answers the types of questions that naturally curious children will have such as whether hair coverings are worn to hide big ears or secret snack stashes to feast upon at a later time.

Yes I know there is a family tree on the inside cover, but at story time, it is cumbersome to flip back and forth. This heart-warming yet funny tale is a celebration of Muslim women, curious children, and family love. The book articulates that we are Muslim and that hijab defines us, which I love, it just seems that while the rest of the book is incredibly direct and funny, the answer is fuzzy and lyrical. is a celebration of Muslim women and gently approaches the religious reasons for wearing a hijab in a light-hearted way for children. It may have perks of keeping your ears warm, fashion, or hiding your earbuds, but that isn't why Muslim women wear hijab.

She originally studied Industrial Product Design in Bandung Institute of Technology earning her degree in 2013 yet found her way into illustration later in life. It is by no means wrong, it just at the end presents what hijab means, the benefits of wearing it, and one's personal feelings toward it, while skirting the answer the girl keeps asking of why?I appreciate that they are in the dining room at home and thus not wearing a scarf, Nanu is because Dada is in the picture, authenticity which I love seeing, but children need a little more hand holding to see which person the text is talking about. Telling the story of young Noor, who is desperate to find out why the female members of her family wear hijabs, this is a read which will delight young readers. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.



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