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The Hijab Boutique
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The Hijab Boutique
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"The Hijab Boutique is a wonderful book that will appeal to young readers age 10 and up. Black and white illustrations add to the message's impact. One of the striking attributes of The Hijab Boutique is its sensitive treatment of the topic of respecting cultural differences, and rethinking automatic responses." —The Midwest Book Review

"Michelle Khan's first children's book, The Hijab Boutique, is a quick read with a deep and resounding message... I’m excited to have such a simple yet profound story to share with my nieces, and any other girl who cares to read and learn a meaningful lesson about inner strength, faith, and womanhood through another’s eyes." —Luxury Reading

Farah enjoyed her private girls' school and fun with her friends. Then an assignment meant she had to talk about her mother for "International Woman's Day" in front of the whole class. Compared to her friends' glamorous actress, make-up artist, and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest mother possibly have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To Farah's surprise, her mother was quite the business woman before putting her career on hold to care for her daughter.

Michelle Khan is an award-winning Indian Canadian writer. She started her career at a University of Toronto student paper, and eventually her words hit daily newspaper pages. For six years, Michelle wrote an internationally syndicated youth advice column. Her work led her to win a $5,000 scholarship from book publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. She went onto earn a $15,000 award from Global Television Network. Michelle lives in Toronto, Canada, with her parents and younger sister. This is her first chapter book for kids.

"The Hijab Boutique is a wonderful book that will appeal to young readers age 10 and up. Black and white illustrations add to the message's impact. One of the striking attributes of The Hijab Boutique is its sensitive treatment of the topic of respecting cultural differences, and rethinking automatic responses." —The Midwest Book Review

"Michelle Khan's first children's book, The Hijab Boutique, is a quick read with a deep and resounding message... I’m excited to have such a simple yet profound story to share with my nieces, and any other girl who cares to read and learn a meaningful lesson about inner strength, faith, and womanhood through another’s eyes." —Luxury Reading

Farah enjoyed her private girls' school and fun with her friends. Then an assignment meant she had to talk about her mother for "International Woman's Day" in front of the whole class. Compared to her friends' glamorous actress, make-up artist, and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest mother possibly have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To Farah's surprise, her mother was quite the business woman before putting her career on hold to care for her daughter.

Michelle Khan is an award-winning Indian Canadian writer. She started her career at a University of Toronto student paper, and eventually her words hit daily newspaper pages. For six years, Michelle wrote an internationally syndicated youth advice column. Her work led her to win a $5,000 scholarship from book publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. She went onto earn a $15,000 award from Global Television Network. Michelle lives in Toronto, Canada, with her parents and younger sister. This is her first chapter book for kids.

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About the Author-
  • Michelle Khan is an award-winning Indian-Canadian writer. She got her start at a University of Toronto student paper, and eventually her words hit daily newspaper pages. For six years, Michelle wrote an internationally syndicated youth advice column. Her work led her to win a $5,000 scholarship from book publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. She went onto to earn a $15,000 award from Global Television Network. Michelle lives in Toronto with her parents and younger sister. This is her first chapter book for kids.

Table of Contents-
  • 1. Miss Peaboy's Academy and the impossible school assignment
    2. Me, the invisible girl?
    3. My mother's secret life
    4. Dreams, ambitions and the Hijab Boutique
    5. Hijabs in the spotlight
    6. Conclusion

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  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2011

    Farah, a fifth-grade student of Indian Muslim origins at a fancy girls' school in Los Angeles, must bring in something representing her mom for International Women's Day, but the usually creative student can't imagine what would impress her classmates.

    When her mother finds her looking through her closet, Farah feels guilty, but her mother reveals that she herself has a secret. Widowed a few years before, Farah's mom is opening "The Hijab Boutique," a store selling Muslim headscarves. Farah finds a topic for her speech, and her mom makes a new start. Some explanations of Islamic practice are woven into the novella, particularly a discussion of why some women wear the hijab. The contemporary story has subplots concerning friendship and cliques, but the leaden prose will limit readership. Narrator Farah reflects on her father's gold convertible: "I find the courage to stare at the symbolic fruit of his hard work." In the final chapter, "Conclusion," Farah too quickly tells readers that the "Cool as Ice" girls aren't so important, and she feels good in a new neighborhood, where she has joined the Muslim Girl Scouts and has a new friend. The realistic black-and-white pencil illustration that accompanies this summation shows her wearing a hijab.

    Books about North American Muslim life are badly needed, but this short novel is too pedantic, albeit well-meaning, to appeal broadly. (Fiction. 9-11)

    (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

  • Booklist

    October 1, 2011
    Grades 3-5 Farah Khan is close to her loving, widowed mother, but when the assignment for International Women's Day at her prestigious, all-girls school in Los Angeles is to bring something that symbolizes her mother, Farah does not know what she can take to her fifth-grade class. How can she avoid the jeers of the cool as ice crowd with their fancy-schmancy stuff? Published by the Islamic Foundation, this story has a heavy message as Farah talks to her momand to the readerabout hijab and what it means. But many kids will want to know all about it, and the tension builds to Farah's presentation as she shows that hijab is not a sign of women being oppressed and can be ultrachic, including a great variety of colors, fabrics, styles, and patterns. Many full-page, black-and-white illustrations show Farah at home and in the classroom, with a final view of her wearing hijab. A great title for discussion.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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