Mommy’s Khimar and Mama’s Belly

h1 May 11th, 2018 by jules

— From Kate Hosford’s Mama’s Belly,
illustrated by Abigail Halpin

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— From Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow’s Mommy’s Khimar,
illustrated by Ebony Glenn


Last week, I wrote here at Kirkus, in anticipation of Mother’s Day this Sunday, about Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow’s Mommy’s Khimar (Salaam Reads, April 2018), illustrated by Ebony Glenn, and Kate Hosford’s Mama’s Belly (Abrams, April 2018), illustrated by Abigail Halpin.

I’m following up with some art from each book today.



From Mama’s Belly:


“‘Will my sister have freckles?’ I ask. ‘Not right away,’ says Papa,
‘but maybe after a few summers by the lake.'”

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From Mommy’s Khimar:


“A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears.
Before she walks out the door each day, she wraps one around her head.”

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“In Mommy’s closet, there are so many khimars — so many that I can’t count them: black ones, white ones . . . purple, blue, and red . . .
stripes, patterns, and polka dots, too.”

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“Some have tassels. Some have beads. Some have sparkly things all over.
And she has my favorite color . . . yellow! When I put on Mommy’s khimar,
I become a queen with a golden train.”

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MAMA’S BELLY. Text copyright © 2018 by Kate Hosford. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Abigail Halpin. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Abrams, New York.

MOMMY’S KHIMAR. Text copyright © 2018 by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Ebony Glenn. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, New York.

One comment to “Mommy’s Khimar and Mama’s Belly

  1. I have REALLY loved the books this year dealing with head gear – head coverings and nifty braids and twists and such. The illustrations really make those books, of course, but I love that the subject matter is there, just to explore – and it reminds older readers (ahem) that it’s okay to look without judgment – that it’s just something pretty or neat or different, and not threatening. And if the wee kids know that now, they will change tomorrow’s world…

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