Bugs In My Hair?!

Bugs In My Hair?!

by Catherine Stier, Tammie Lyon
     
 

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(Ages 6-9) When Alex spills milk on his football jersey and Morgan's braid unravels, they both say, "These things happen." But Ellie LaFleur, who is practically perfect, sniffs, "Not to me." And it's true. Ellie's nails are always filed, her clothes are snazzy, and her long locks are lovely. So when Ellie's head begins to itch, she's sure it's an allergy.

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(Ages 6-9) When Alex spills milk on his football jersey and Morgan's braid unravels, they both say, "These things happen." But Ellie LaFleur, who is practically perfect, sniffs, "Not to me." And it's true. Ellie's nails are always filed, her clothes are snazzy, and her long locks are lovely. So when Ellie's head begins to itch, she's sure it's an allergy.

"WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE BUGS IN MY HAIR?!" blurts Ellie when her mother and the school nurse give her the bad news: Ellie has head lice. "These things happen," says Ellie's mother. At home, Ellie and her mother talk to the doctor and read the papers from the school nurse. Then they shampoo, comb, and do laundry. Ellie even writes a note for kids who get head lice-"These things happen," it says.

The author includes a note for concerned parents. Catherine Stier's light look at this all-too-common problem is sure to strike the right note with stressed-out kids and families. She lives in Illinois. Tammie Lyon's humorous paintings complete this reassuring tale. She lives in Ohio.

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Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Ellie LaFleur is prissy, pretty and takes perfect care of herself. Everything about her is always in place and carefully tended. So, she is shocked and dismayed to find that she has lice. What is a pretty princess to do? Stier has taken an unusual approach to head lice, telling the story of Ellie's anguish and revulsion when she discovers she has lice. Having to sit still while her parents carefully comb out the nits, Ellie reads the papers sent home from school for her parents and becomes interested in the little bugs that have invaded her head. She even makes her own information sheet to share with other children, full of childish drawings and multicolored writing, in addition to interesting facts about head lice. Educational without being boring, this is a perfect book for schools to keep on hand when the lice strike in first or second grade. A note to grown-ups at the beginning of the book explains current treatment for lice, reassuring them that lice happens even to those of us who are prissy and perfect. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- When a visit to the school nurse confirms that lice have invaded the pretty hair of "Absolutely Perfect" Ellie, the third grader is horrified-this type of thing doesn't happen to her, she reasons. Ellie and her mom head home to treat the problem, but during the long process Ellie gets so bored that she begins to read the paperwork the nurse gave them. Armed with the not-so-scary facts, she drafts a letter for other kids to reassure them that lice can happen to anyone, and that they are relatively easy to get rid of. When Ellie goes back to school, the nurse loves the letter and distributes copies of it. Stier has taken a difficult topic and turned it into a charming story that demystifies the fears and false information surrounding lice infestation. The writing is stylized yet not overdone and comes across simply without sounding didactic. Cartoon illustrations capture Ellie's emotions as she goes from feeling grossed out to upset, sullen, and, finally, elated to be free of the bugs. The letter is presented at the end of the book; it is hand-printed on sheets of notebook paper and illustrated, adding to the lighthearted approach to a topic that causes many children-and their parents-angst.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807509098
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
407,552
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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