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Nappy Hair

This inspired celebration of African-American hair will help kids feel good about themselves, from the roots down. $6.99; ages 4-8



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A joyful celebration of black hair and of African-American culture, Carolivia Herron’s Nappy Hair (Dragonfly) is written in the traditional “call and response” form of storytelling.

This book exploded into controversy soon after its publication in 1998, when a white teacher was accused of propagating negative stereotypes by using the book in her classroom.
 
Indeed, it is a book that must be read to the end, preferably aloud, in order to grasp its message: that the little girl in the story is treasured by her large, lively, extended family, right down to the last “nappy hair” on her head.
 
Reviewed by Sherri Gragg, mom to two girls adopted from Haiti, who love their hair. She blogs at everydaymiracle.wordpress.com.

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