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Franny B. Kranny's long, wild, red hair seems to have a will of its own. It ties itself into knots on the buttons of her dress and gets stuck in the regrigerator door! Her parents wish she'd just cut off the curly mop, but Franny B. Kranny won't even consider it...until a homeless bird sees her hair as the perfect nesting material.

Best-selling author and psychologist Harriet Lerner teams up with her big sister, biologist Susan goldhor, and world-renowned illustrator Helen ...

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Overview

Franny B. Kranny's long, wild, red hair seems to have a will of its own. It ties itself into knots on the buttons of her dress and gets stuck in the regrigerator door! Her parents wish she'd just cut off the curly mop, but Franny B. Kranny won't even consider it...until a homeless bird sees her hair as the perfect nesting material.

Best-selling author and psychologist Harriet Lerner teams up with her big sister, biologist Susan goldhor, and world-renowned illustrator Helen Oxenbury to bring us a hilarious and heartfelt story about daring to be different.

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Children's Literature
Franny's long, frizzy red hair causes all kinds of problems, but Franny loves it. When a hairdresser piles it on top of her head for a family party, however, a bird takes up residence there, which makes it difficult for her to get undressed, take a shower or sleep. Then Franny is a big hit at the family reunion, even making the TV news. But just when her family begins to like her hair, "a little bird" tells her it's time to cut it. We find out why on the final endpapers, when her bright red hair has become the tree home for the bird's eggs. Oxenbury's textured, colored drawings with just enough context, bring alive the parents, prissy sister, classmates and others, along with the delightful, independent Franny. The actions and reactions of the bird add to the visual fun. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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K-Gr 2-Franny B. Kranny has extremely frizzy hair-and lots of it. Even though other kids make fun of it, even though it gets caught in things, she loves her locks. When the family is invited to a reunion, Franny goes to the hairdresser, who piles her tresses on top of her head. A bird finds its way into Franny's do and stays there, much to the child's delight and the family's chagrin, but the little redhead becomes the hit of the party. The people in this story are all a bit quirky. Mom has a broad blond streak in her black hair. Dad's reading glasses give him a perennially perplexed look. Oxenbury's illustrations are lively and fun, but the story is slight and totally predictable.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Lerner and Goldhor are so agenda-driven—their message to Be Your Own Person! feels like it's being nailed to your forehead—that their story is more like a lecture, despite the peerless Oxenbury's sweet-hearted illustrations. Franny has a great mop of wild red hair—her pride and joy. Mother, sister, and father all advise her to get it cut—or at least tamed—but she refuses. Comes the day of the family reunion and her mother insists that she get a hair-do, which is essentially piling the hair in a topknot. At first Franny is appalled, but when a bird takes up residence in her hair, she decides it might be all right. As in several other recent stories about tending to unexpected tenants, (The Singing Hat, p. 187; Albert, p. 263), Franny accommodates the bird by bathing instead of showering, sleeping upright, and doing deep-knee bends to take off her shoes. She is the hit of the reunion (bringing happiness to the dour and the halt in another of Lerner and Goldhor's ham-handed lessons)—but decides the next day to get her hair cut. Why? "A little birdie told me to," she chirrups as she hands the clippings to the bird to build a nest. This force-feeding of Franny's nonconformity is enough to make rebellious youngsters want to toe the line, if this is what being a maverick means. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060295035
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2001
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2001

    A girl with an independent streak and respect for nature

    The young girl in this book has an independent nature and respect towards nature. She has a big mess of red curls that everyone else thinks she should change, but she likes herself exactly as she is and doesn't feel the need to conform to anyone else's standards of beauty. The family brings her to the hairdresser to do up her hair in this huge bun for the family reunion. She doesn't like the look at all, until a bird flies down and lands in it,using it as a nest. Everyone thinks she looks goofy, but she is quite proud that the bird chose her and does her best to not upset it's rest, opting to take a bath rather than a shower and sleeping upright in a chair rather than her bed. The day of the reunion, the relatives find her interesting, rather than an oddball. In the end, she cuts off her hair and gives it to the bird who makes a wonderful nest. :-) Too often girls, as well as boys, are pushed to conform to fit in. I loved the fact that Franny felt confident enough about herself to risk going her own way and I thought it was great that she treated the bird in her hair so respectfully.

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