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Saturday at the New You
     

Saturday at the New You

by Barbara E. Barber, Anna Rich
 

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Saturday is Shauna's favorite day of the week, because that's the day she helps Momma at her beauty parlor. On this special Saturday, it's Shauna who comes up with the perfect style for a hard-please customer. Barber creates an inspiring story of real women in a warm, accepting atmosphere where "all hair is beautiful." Full color.

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Saturday is Shauna's favorite day of the week, because that's the day she helps Momma at her beauty parlor. On this special Saturday, it's Shauna who comes up with the perfect style for a hard-please customer. Barber creates an inspiring story of real women in a warm, accepting atmosphere where "all hair is beautiful." Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Describing this tale as "a sweet slice of life in an African American neighborhood," PW said that both art and text "overflow with familial tenderness and neighborly love." Ages 3-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-2-An expressively written and beautifully illustrated story of a young African American girl's special Saturdays spent with her mother at The New You Beauty Parlor. The shop is set up for business, and the day unfolds to the wonderful smells of sweet peach shampoo, strawberry conditioner, and fresh coffee. Customers share laughter, chocolate-chip cookies, jelly donuts, and sweet-potato pies. Some enjoy napping while sitting under the dryer. As the day ends, Shauna sits down with her dolls and her comb and works on her ``customers.'' The first-person narration mirrors the myriad activities of the shop and the child's enthusiasm about spending her day there. The double-spread illustrations feature the activities of the day, rendered predominately in vivid shades of peach and pink.-Barbara Osborne Williams, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY
Hazel Rochman
In an upbeat picture book, Shauna, a small African American girl, talks about the fun she has on Saturdays helping out in her mother's beauty shop. There's not much story, but as in Heath and Hamanaka's "Sofie's Role" (1992), the fun lies in the child's experience of a family work place. The beauty shop is busy with people from the neighborhood, and words and glowing pictures focus on the various characters, including Mrs. Johnson (who brings treats from her bakery and falls asleep under the drier), Ms. Escobar (a teacher from Shauna's school, whose red hair is combed and curled on top of her head), and Tiffany (a bratty five-year-old who sticks out her tongue and screeches for attention). Kids will enjoy the bustle of the work day, the clowning around, and the intimacy between mother and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780766532
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2013
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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