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Posted June 29, 2009
While I found the concept of this story very innovative by using the call and response that is so popular, I found the delivery left much to be explained. In theory, the nappy haired girl in the book is being celebrated at the family reunion, but what happens is that uncle whoever essentially goes dirty dozen on the girl while the family listens and agrees for three quarters of the book. Finally in the last quarter the child is not complimented by her family, but rather told that god made her that way because he wanted himself a pretty brown baby girl with nappy hair.
Many kids will misunderstand the comments in this book as insults with out proper guidance. And because the format mimics the game play of dirty dozens ("yo mama so fat... you so stupid... you so black...etc) it has great potential to do more harm than good without someone there to ensure that readers come away with the intended message not just the snazzy "yo hair so nappy" parts.
After reading this book through one time I gave it away. When it comes to children's picture books I much prefer books that are written with their mental capacity in mind. The book "I love my Hair" by Natasha A. Tarpley is a much more positive and nurturing book. It does not need to be interpreted for the reader. There are only positive images put forth and therefore only positive images to take away from it.
Nappy Hair is an great book in the tradition of call and response of black culture, but it leaves a lot to be desired in the positive example department. The mixed message sent is one that works the same as the proverbial double edged sword. Careful with this one.
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Posted February 19, 2013
Terrible! I would never read this book to children! It is a self
Terrible! I would never read this book to children! It is a self-hate and demeaning book that would kill the self-esteem of African children that this book is targeted for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2001
It's time for a change.
I'm 21 years old, but occasionally I find myself in the juvenile literature sections of book stores. There are so many stories that came after my childhood days that I feel would be a travesty to not allow my self the honor of reading them. Especially the works that are geared toward African-American children. I have often had the displeasure of reading Caucasion misrepresentations of African-American life, so I specifically target the works of writers who are of African descent. I currently work in an elementary school classroom, and I look forward to bringing Nappy Hair to share with my students. This is a story that is personal, energetic, truthful, and informative and should be a catalyst for changes in our perceptions of beauty and African identity. There is one problem, however, with the Dragonfly Books paperback edition. On the inside cover, it recommends lessons to suppliment the reading. One of these lessons is the writing descriptive sentences about one's physical features. The lesson asks the child 'What is your hair like? What are your eyes like?' And goes on to give examples like 'Sarah's hair is soft as silk' 'John's nose is small as a button' 'Nancy's eyes are as blue as the ocean' and 'Dave's cheeks are as red as rubies'. These are all caucasion features and have absolutely no place in a book that is intended to be a celebration of African identity, especially without a single African feature even mentioned. Not only is that a disservice to Ms. Herron's great book and her noble intention, it's disrespectful and I will not use that activity in my lessons related to this wonderful work of art and literature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2000
Nappy Hair for a skit
I have never read the book, but I plan to buy it. I saw Nappy Hair done for a competitive skit competion. The actress who did it was an African American highschooler who chose it because of her own nappy hair. SHe was hilarious in doing all the voices and persuaded me to check out the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2000
nappy but sassy
I loved this book. I think this is a great self- esteem book to read to little girls with hair just like that. It shows how unique and special they are and that they should not feel bad about the type of hair they have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2013
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