Imani Picks Up the Pieces

Lerner. (Hair Magic). Jan. 2024. 40p. lib. ed. $31.99. ISBN 9781728486888.
Gr 1-3–In the latest from the uplifting “Hair Magic” series, Imani has been tasked with researching a famous woman for Women’s History Month. When she draws Harriet Tubman’s name from a jar, Imani groans: she already knows so much about Tubman, and she’s boring! But as Imani gets to work with her research, she learns that she and her family may have more in common with Tubman than she thinks. When her project goes awry, Imani learns what it means to be resilient and creative, all thanks to the rich tapestry of her family heritage. Written in flowing sentences ideal for practicing readers, this title celebrates Black history, hearth, and hair, and makes any reader feel like they are special and worthy. Simple yet bold illustrations tacitly convey the text’s meaning if a reader is struggling to decipher. Peppered throughout with intriguing nonfiction tidbits, the beginning chapter book boasts three “Think About It” questions that connect readers to the story. The back matter also includes information on the ways enslaved people used songs to communicate.
VERDICT Vivid illustrations paired with a relatable story equals a must-have for any library.

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