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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (28 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316523755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316523752
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "I Love My Haircut! "(formerly titled "Bippity Bop Barbershop"):
"The light-dappled watercolor paintings give the scenes a real sense of place while bringing the characters to life through a sensitive depiction of expressions, gestures, and body language. A child-centered story, well paced and beautifully illustrated." ""Booklist," starred review""

"What Natasha Anastasia Tarpley did for the mother-daughter bond in "I Love My Hair!" she now does for father and son..." ""Publishers Weekly"""

"Tarpley's "I Love My Hair!" celebrates the positive self-image and cultural identity of African-American girls, and [this book] does the same for boys... Lewis's delightfully fluid watercolor illustrations get everything just right. The book is filled with cheerful and loving scenes of home and community..." ""School Library Journal"""

Praise for "I Love My Hair!"
"In this gracefully told story, a young African-American heroine celebrates her lovely head of hair as part of her heritage." ""Publishers Weekly"""

"A very special book about self-acceptance." ""School Library Journal"""

"This picture book is a celebration of African American identity." ""Booklist"""

"Lewis's imaginative and warm interpretations of these exchanges as well as the inclusion of bits of African-American cultural history expand the personal content." ""Kirkus""" --This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and numerous other awards.
E.B. Lewis is the illustrator of two Corretta Scott King Honor Books, including The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis and Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes


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Format: Board book
I bought this book for two of my god-daughters and they both loved it so much! Both mums told me that the children even slept with the book!
This book is much needed for little Black girls, not just here in the UK, but worldwide as it is a rare book which teaches self-acceptance through images as well as words.
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I bought this book for my nieces in the Caribbean, both aged 7 years, and they absolutely love it. It's their favourite book out of several similar ones I've bought them. It's easy to follow, and they can both relate to the pictures and the story. Also, it's a board book which is great as the pages can't be ripped! Definitely a great self acceptance book for black or mixed race girls who might compare their hair to caucasian hair. Every home/school should have a copy!
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i bought this wonderfull book for my little girl,who is mixed race ,she loves me to read it to her,it is a gracefully told story where her mum tells her, her hair is beautiful and you can wear it in any style you choose thats why shes lucky to have it
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My daughter always showed early signs of loving books from about 6 months so at Christmas I decided to start building her collection. She was only 18 months old when I bought this for her and every day she was throwing it into my hand and saying "book!". She loves it, and I love it more. Especially as it takes me back to my childhood and getting my hair pulled!

I particularly find it useful as she is growing up with images and representations of herself that she can understand. At 22 months old now, she opens the book, points to the hair and says, "Mummy, haaair!" The image looks like her and definately looks like me when I'm trying to keep her still whilst combing and braiding!

No matter how young or old the child is, this book is an essential for the Afro Caribbean/European youth. Positive and realistic images of themselves and their traditions are few and far between, so this is a welcome must have.
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This is a lovely little book written for pre schoolers with tightly curly hair. It acknowledges the challenges of detangling while putting the positive side of styling in an easy to follow way. My daughter related so well to this story and enjoyed it when hair day was done!
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I love,love,love this book! This book is a must for all girls, I read this whilst doing my children's hair and they really enjoy listening to the story and also share there own experiences. A wonderfully put togethere book with good quality hard wearing pages that are easy to wipe clean.
If your looking at this book don't think twice you'll have no regrets what so ever.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I am a public librarian and a mother. It is so difficult to find any material that gives black children a sense of self and this book accomplishes the task!!! Also, the illustrations by E. B. Lewis are wonderful.
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Bought it for my 4 year old niece then noticed that the pages are hardboard so kept it for my 2 year old. She loves it, we read it frequently. The story is great and she can relate to the brushing and the coconut oil in the hair. Lovely book with beautiful pictures
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