The Proudest Blue

Asiya's hijab is like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave. It's Faizah's first day of school, and her older sister Asiya's first day of wearing hijab - made of a beautiful blue fabric. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful.

In the face of hurtful, confusing words, will Faizah find new ways to be strong?This is an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond shared by siblings and of being proud of who you are, from Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Our review: A beautiful book about two Muslim sisters on their first day back at school, which is also the elder sister’s first day of wearing a hijab. The story and striking images evoke a reverence for the hijab, with the younger sister seeing her big sis as a beautiful princess whose blue scarf looks like crashing waves in the sea or like the deep blue of the sky on a sunny day. I thought this was a great way to encourage in children a feeling of wonder and friendliness towards girls wearing hijabs. The story also conveys the innocence and strength of children amidst the negativity of others in a way that is both realistic and endearing. As a parent, I loved the way that the mother’s words were remembered throughout the day as a reminder to the girls to be strong and remember who they are.

Inquisitarium was founded on the belief that children learn through play and that toys and books have the power to spark wonder and cultivate a curious personality. We love sourcing the best toys that provide a sensory experience or teach the child something valuable. We are also completely addicted to children's books; our favourites are the beautifully illustrated ones with factual details seamlessly woven into a good bedtime story.

The name 'inquisitarium' aims to create a feeling of place for the sense of being inquisitive, curious and questioning about the universe. It also sounds like a terrarium, which fits wonderfully with our efforts to be green.

We are constantly learning about what it is to have an eco-friendly and sustainable business, and subsequently adapting our business processes and approach to product design and packaging to limit our environmental impact.

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