Hair Story

Carolrhoda. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781541579163.
K-Gr 3–Born with the rich curls of their Black and Puerto Rican ancestors, respectively, Rudine and Preciosa are bright stars for their families. As they grow, their families help them try to tame their hair, but it always returns to its natural, free state. As Rudine and Preciosa look at their surroundings, they find inspiration in the strength of their families and friends, who wear their hair proudly like a crown. Readers will learn about individuals throughout history when Rudine and Preciosa stop to admire a wall depicting individuals who also had afros like theirs. The lovely collaged tissue paper illustrations provide a beautiful appearance of texture on each page, and convey the joy Rudine and Preciosa carry. Additional information about the individuals depicted in the mural is included, along with a glossary of selected words and phrases.
VERDICT A lovely lesson in loving and having pride in oneself, perfect for fans of Matthew Cherry’s Hair Love and for any shelf seeded with positive messaging.

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