Happy hair

Mechal Renee Roe

Book - 2019

"A visual and rhyming celebration of African-American girls' hair"--

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Board books
New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers [2019]
First board book edition
Item Description
"Originally self-published in slightly different form in 2014."
On board pages.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Main Author
Mechal Renee Roe (author)
Review by Kirkus Book Review

A book that pays homage to the versatility of black hair.A dark-skinned black girl, eyes closed, face forward, greets readers on the cover against a bright yellow background, and she wears a pink bow (die-cut out of the case) in her wavy updo. This is one of many hairstyles featured in the illustrations, designed to help readers appreciate the potential for styling natural Afro hair. "Bomb braids," "pom-pom puffs" and "fro-hawk" (an Afro-styled mohawk) also appear. Like these, most of the hairstyle names incorporate alliteration, making them fun to read aloud. At first glance, readers might think this book is about one girl's hairwhich is possible, given how many styles one head of afrotextured hair can sportbut skin color changes, as do clothes, earrings, and other details that are easily altered, although every girl holds the same face-front, eye-closed position. But the sameness of each face leaves no room for variations in other features such as the eyes, lips, and nose. Hence, young readers might consider this a paper version of the video games that allow changes in hairstyles on a face that has limited or no customizabilitywhich also limits the book's usefulness as multicultural literature.The refrain, "I love being me," offers a worthwhile affirmation, but cookie-cutter faces undermine the message about diversity. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.