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Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time

S. & S./Salaam Reads. Oct. 2019. 48p. bibliog. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534418882.
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Gr 1-5–Beginning with the definition of the word rise, this collective biography seeks to inspire young people (especially Muslim girls) to rise to their own challenges. Each two-page spread features one or two notable Muslim women, an inspirational quote by them, and a brief overview of how their early passions and determination to succeed made them who they are today. The book also includes small icons symbolizing each woman’s achievements and a tableau of the featured woman in her element. From Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad and student-activist Malala Yousafzai to designer and visual artist Hana Tajima and mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the subjects vary greatly in background and accomplishments. These simple, brief overviews paired with crisp, colorful illustrations are ideal for a wide range of ages and applications.
VERDICT This title easily earns itself shelf space next to similar female-forward, picture book biographies such as Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World.

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