Big Bouffant

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"Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids! I don't see anything but ponytails and braids! This class needs some fashion. This class needs some fun. I'll find a hairdo to impress everyone." Annabelle doesn't want the same boring hairstyle that all the other girls have. When she spies a picture of her grandma, she has the perfect idea: a big bouffant! But how can she make her style stand up? And will her classmates really be impressed with her daring 'do?

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"Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids! I don't see anything but ponytails and braids! This class needs some fashion. This class needs some fun. I'll find a hairdo to impress everyone." Annabelle doesn't want the same boring hairstyle that all the other girls have. When she spies a picture of her grandma, she has the perfect idea: a big bouffant! But how can she make her style stand up? And will her classmates really be impressed with her daring 'do?

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Children's Literature - Erika Clark
Annabelle, a student who brings her own creativity and individuality to the classroom, walks into the classroom with a disturbing look on her face. Even though it is the first day of school, she surveys the class to see an average every day setting. "Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids! I don't see anything but ponytails and braids! This class needs some fashion. This class needs some fun. I'll find a hairdo to impress everyone," she exclaims with a pout. Since these observations are too dull for her liking, she decides to explore new options for a hairdo. With determination, Annabelle attempts to create a hairdo that would stand out from the crowd. A marvelous bouffant! Little did Annabelle know a unique hairstyle, such as a bouffant, would take a lot of work and technique. On the next day of school, Annabelle parades her bouffant to her friends on the playground. Everyone snickers with amazement. But as more of her classmates start to notice how different her hairstyle is, the more people at her school attempt to experiment with the bouffant hairstyle. Once again, Annabelle finds herself searching for something new and different to bring to her boring classroom. Explore the creativity and desire to be unique through the lens of Annabelle. Teachers can use this text as a think aloud lesson when reading the book to a whole group. While modeling "think alouds," students will learn how characters can have different personalities and think about the same situation in different ways. Students will also learn to appreciate and respect the actions, styles, and individual expressions of others. Thus, this is a great story to read aloud to students and to use as an aid to help students understand characterization in a given text. Reviewer: Erika Clark
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Annabelle has her own sense of style. On her first day of school, she finds her classmates' ponytails and braids a tad too ordinary for her taste. She becomes intrigued with a photo of her grandmother with a bouffant hairdo and decides that this is just what she needs to liven things up. "A big bouffant is all I really want!" Her mother repeatedly tries to persuade her to try other styles, but Annabelle wants no part of them. Eventually, all the girls and even a few of the boys jump on the big-hair bandwagon. But Annabelle's individual flare won't allow her to be like everyone else so she sets off once again to make a fashion statement. Warm tones and colorful patterns result in rich illustrations that carry Annabelle's exuberance and determination through the pages. Shadow and texture layer the story, and panels help readers move along visually. This rhyming text will delight fans of Robert Munsch's Stephanie's Ponytail (Firefly, 1996) and will make a good addition for hair-themed storytimes.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761354093
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 952,610
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Clifton-Brown was born in London and attended Chelsea School of Art, Media, and Design and Bristol UWE Faculty of Art, Media and Design, where she attained a first class honors BA in Illustration. Her work has been exhibited at The London Transport Museum and in the 2008 Degree Show at the Conningsby Gallery. She is also the author and illustrator of Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza (Andersen Press USA).

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    The rhythm and the illustrations were such fun!

    On the first day of school Annabelle looks around the classroom and what she sees is a very sad sight indeed.

    Ponytails and braids.

    Isn't there anyone with imagination? Annabelle has an imagination... and with a bit of help from her Grandma and Mom she gives the school a hairdo to remember!

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

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    Such a fun book!!

    Big Bouffant is a perfect storybook for all those little fashion divas out there! Annabelle yearns to stand out in a see of ponytails and braids. She wants to be different and stylish. And when she spies a photo of her grandmother's bouffant hairstyle, a new hairstyle craze is let loose on her elementary school!


    I thought this book was just so cute and sweet! The prose is fun and light. The illustrations are beautiful and unique. I loved every aspect of this book! Can't wait to read it to a few little fashion princesses that I know!

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