Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a children’s picture book. A Khimar is a flowing scarf and is also called a hijab. In this story, a young girl plays dress-up with her mother’s head scarves. By wearing Mommy’s Khimar she becomes a queen with a golden train, a mama bird protecting her baby brother and a superhero in a cape. She smells her Mommy’s Khimar and becomes surrounded by her mother’s love and warmth. The illustrations by Ebony Glenn were catchy with bright colors and the facial expressions of the young girl were exquisite. This book is the perfect book about a girl’s love for her mother and embracing Muslim culture and traditions. Rating: 5/5 Published: April 3, 2018
The Mindful Bea and the Worry Tree by Gail Silver is about a girl called Bea. Her birthday party is coming up and she is worried about many things. Will her friends come to the party? What if they don’t like the games? Will the cake be enough? Her worry sprouts and grows like the branches of the willow tree in Bea’s home. Will Bea confront her worries or will the branches of the willow tree surround her and choke her? The illustrations by Franziska Hollbacher are beautiful with a vibrant green background. This book teaches little ones how to confront their worries and be more mindful of their thoughts. Thank you to Netgalley, The American Psychological Association and Magination Press for the ARC. Rating: 5/5 Published: April 16, 2019
Muddy: The Raccoon Who Stole Dishes by Griffin Ondaatje and Linda Wolfsgruber is a children’s picture book. Muddy is a raccoon who does not fit in his tribe. While his family and other raccoons are satisfied with eating clams, Muddy has a taste for gourmet human food. Muddy steals the food from a nearby restaurant and heaps the plates on the river bank. His family and other raccoons discover the plates and confront Muddy’s parents that his habit could be dangerous to the group. The rest of the story is about how Muddy solves the problem of stealing food from the restaurant. The illustrations in the book could be better in a few pages. Otherwise, the ending made me smile. This book introduces the value of food and the role of raccoons in our ecosystem to little ones. Thanks to @netgalley and @northsouthbooks for the ARC. Rating: 4/5 Book published: April 2, 2019 How do you teach the importance of food to your kids?