Hair for Mama

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It’s family picture time for the Carters, but Mama does not want to be in the photo this year. All of her beautiful hair is gone because of chemotherapy treatments for her cancer, and she doesn’t want to be remembered without hair. Eight-year-old Marcus knows that the picture won’t be the same without Mama, so he comes up with a plan to find her some hair and make her better. Even though the plan doesn’t work in quite the way Marcus expects, he comes to understand that “hair is nice to have, but not as nice as me...

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Overview

It’s family picture time for the Carters, but Mama does not want to be in the photo this year. All of her beautiful hair is gone because of chemotherapy treatments for her cancer, and she doesn’t want to be remembered without hair. Eight-year-old Marcus knows that the picture won’t be the same without Mama, so he comes up with a plan to find her some hair and make her better. Even though the plan doesn’t work in quite the way Marcus expects, he comes to understand that “hair is nice to have, but not as nice as me having Mama and Mama having me.”

This is a story for every family dealing with a serious illness. It is told with a touch of gentle humor in a style that children will readily understand, and the warm and inviting illustrations will bring comfort and hope to young and old alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Marcus's mom doesn't want to be in the family's annual picture because she has lost her hair due to her chemotherapy treatment. This is the heartfelt story of a young boy coping with his mother's cancer. He thinks that if he gets all of his hair cut off and gives it to his mother she will get well. Through this story we experience a family's love and their ability to deal with a life-threatening disease. The author has indicated that this story evolved from a conversation she had with her own son when she told him that she would lose her hair because of her treatment for cancer. Sharing this story with children who are experiencing a situation such as this will help them handle their fears, realize that that all is not lost and that they are not alone in their concern for their loved one. The illustrator has captured the emotions of fear and hope through her drawings of Marcus and his family. Reviewer: Leila Toledo
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
This is a beautifully written story about an African-American family dealing with cancer. Eight-year-old Marcus is concerned for his mother, who has lost her hair because of chemotherapy and doesn't want to be in their traditional October family picture. After unsuccessfully trying to find a suitable wig from the Halloween-costume aisle, the child hits on the perfect solution. When he goes to the barbershop for his pre-picture haircut, he asks to have his head shaved so he can give his hair to his mother. Things don't go exactly as planned, but Marcus and his mother learn that hair is not nearly as important as love and family, and they all go to the park to take their photo. Reminiscent of Jerry Pinkney's work, the lovely watercolor illustrations fit the text well, using gold, brown, orange, and green tones to show a family going through tough times together. The story ends on an optimistic note-after three months, Mama is clear of cancer and her hair begins to grow back. A simple, sensitive, and articulate look at an illness through the eyes of a child, the book should be comforting to any youngster facing a similar situation, or as a general introduction to the subject.
—Judith ConstantinidesCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A realistic look at a strong family facing cancer. "Hair has always been important to us Carters," says Marcus, and each family member has a specific hairstyle for annual picture day. Mama usually "loops and gathers her braids together like a beautiful black crown." But this year, things are different: Mama has cancer, and treatment has taken her hair away. Marcus offers her costume wigs in a store, but she declines. Conflating the hair loss (and Mama's plan to skip picture day) with the unbearable possibility of Mama dying, Marcus takes action. At the barber shop, he gets all his hair shaved, planning to take it home for Mama to use. When the barber inadvertently discards it, Marcus breaks down sobbing, but his rock-steady parents are there. Mama agrees to pictures while wearing a gele (headwrap), and her future-while not certain-looks hopeful. Regrettably, the specific hairstyles-Marcus's fade and his sister's braids and beads, for example-are visually indistinct. However, Bates's tender watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are warm in color and feeling, matching the depth of emotions perfectly. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803729551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 805,303
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Ann Sherwood was born & raised in Newaygo County Michigan. She completed her college education at Valley Forge Christian College with a degree in missions. Kelly married Mark Tinham in May 1987. They have two wonderful boys, Justin and Jarred.

As an author, Kelly has written articles for local newspapers and national magazines such as Faces. She completed training with the institute of children's literature.

Kelly makes author visits to schools and libraries. She works as a librarian at Newaygo area district library and is the reader for Carnegie on the road.

Most recently, Kelly released Hair For Mama in May 2007. Hair For Mama is a children's picture book published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group and illustrated by Amy June Bates.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Tear jerker but heartfelt

    This book is so sweet, a little boy's mom gets diagnosed with cancer and the book details the boy's attempts to make his mom feel beautiful again.The illustrations are gorgeous and the book definitely tugs at your heart strings.I'd say it'd be great addition to any library but I also think for kids with family members that are sick it might be nice to not feel so alone.

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