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Co-writer Ozge Alkan, illustrator Serena Geddes and versatile Larrrikin puppeteers.
‘Hijabi Girl series ‘ published by Ali-gator Publishing
Larrikin Puppets’ ‘Aussie Rules’ Footy Puppet for the fictional ‘GoAnnas’ team in ‘Hijabi Girl’
Meanwhile enjoy ‘Dance Like a Unicorn’ with Larrikin Puppets.
And below, meet the ‘Hijabi Girl’ puppets.
‘Miss ‘ the Teacher from Larrikin Puppets‘ Hijabi Girl the Musical’. Designed by USA theatre concept artist Margie Salvatore & built by Brisbane puppet builder Deb Bowen Saunders of HOOZATT performed by Elissa Jenkins of Larrikin Puppets.
- World premiere of ‘Hijabi Girl’ classroom script performed at Watsonia Heights Primary.
Watsonia Heights crew painting ‘Hijabi Girl’ backdrop for premiere.
Ozge Alkan is a qualified children’s librarian.This is her first book.
When Hazel spoke at a literary event ,Ozge requested a ‘fun’ story of a girl in a hijab,
for Book Week Parades.
Aware of the cultural challenges, Hazel suggested Ozge wrote it. But eventually they co-wrote.
sampling.pdf Free ‘tasting’ chapter
‘…best teachers’ resources I’ve seen for this age group…’ Susanne Gervay OAM
Performance Script Hijabi Girl.pdf Useful in Book Week & for Character Parades.
Co-authors of ‘Hijabi Girl’ Hazel Edwards, Ozge Alkan & illustrator Serena Geddes.
( Photo courtesy of Hume City Council)
- Creative problem-solving
- Key Learning Areas: English. Art. Sport
- Creative & Critical thinking
- History Unit: Celebrations
Why Study This Book?
- Diversity in food, clothing, communities and cultures
- Anti-bullying strategies
- Helping others
- Positive depictions of families, friends and other cultures.
Many schools hold Book Parades. Read prior to your Book Week Parade and dress up as characters from ‘Hijabi Girl’. Then fiction becomes real.
Hazel recording ‘Hijabi Girl’ at Vision Australia Studio
* Hazel’s earlier chapter book ‘Misfit’ about being different in a religious school makes a contrasting study. Crystal, a girl who isn’t Jewish in a Jewish school, contrasts with Melek, our hijabi girl who is in a mainstream school. Crystal’s sport is hockey.
‘What’s an ordinary girl doing in a time-warped place where boys wear black lids to keep their brains in? Crystal doesn’t know how she is going to handle it,but it isn’t the first time her parents have sent her to an unusual school. She’s been to a Catholic school, Micheal’s Experimental ,ordinary Fernhill State and to a hippie school. But in this school, all the kids are Jewish.She has to learn to decipher writing that looks like fly -dots and find a way to talk to a whole new set of kids.’
* If you look through a ‘crystal’ there are many facets.
Now available as Kindle e-book here.
Magpies ‘What It Takes’ reviewed by Brenton Cullen.’A definite pick for junior fiction read of the year.’
Good Reads 5 stars average.
muslimreads review.pdf ‘Melek is such a refreshing Muslim girl character,she is both bold and kind.’
kidsbook review .pdf… by Coral Vass …a refreshing look at diverse mix of cultures.
Good Reads. ‘. ‘ All the differences make no difference’.pdf..’ Joanna’s review.
Re-Vu.pdf 5 stars ‘talks of friendship among cultures, where difference is embraced not rejected…’
Dr Virginia Lowe ‘This is a significant book’ .pdf
Reading Time.pdf (The Children’s Book Council of Aust) …gives hijab-wearing students a go-to
costume for Book Week.
ReadPlus …’a fabulous resource for classes to learn about social inclusion,celebrate diversity &
to explore our multicultural society.'(Rhyllis Bignell)
Boomerang Books.pdf (Geo Ivanoff reviewer) ‘… more kids’ books like this please…’
READFORFUN.Hijabi Girl review.pdf ‘…A wonderful snapshot of life in a modern Australian school…’