I Love My Hair Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
If your looking at this book don't think twice you'll have no regrets what so ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 2 year old daughter loves this book. It is a good read and nicely illustrated. This book will be read for years to come.Published 12 days ago by mel
Bought this along with one other book last year as a birthday present for my then soon-to-be 8 year old god-daughter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely positive story about a girls thoughts and feelings regarding her Afro hair. Great illustrations and an up-beat story. Arrived quickly and a decent price. Would reccommendPublished 1 month ago by Patricia Francis
I am very happy with this book. My son has lovely afro hair and this book helps him overstand his heritage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mervyn williams
Purchased to try and make my granddaughter understand her hair a bit morePublished 2 months ago by Ladylol
Great story, very relatable, good illustrations and nice thick strong pages that daughter can't easily tear as she's still pretoddler.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful words and illustrations, depicting the versatile treasure that is Afro hair! Also, the bond between mother and daughter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my grand daughter's favourite book. She loves the part that discribes music in her hair on the way to the shop. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Innis
A story so many young girls can relate to. Impressive, creative illustrations. I bought this for my granddaughter - hair plaiting sessions are now so much easier.Published 3 months ago by Margaret