The Long and the Short of It: A Tale About Hair

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With colorful illustrations and a comforting message, this picture book follows the parallel stories of two young girls who are having problems with their hair. One wants to grow her hair longer, while the other, who has lost her hair during cancer treatment, would just like to have it back. Their friendship leads them to a new understanding of hair loss and the act of giving, and teaches them about courage, generosity, and pride. A helpful reading and discussion guide for parents and a list of fun, related ...

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With colorful illustrations and a comforting message, this picture book follows the parallel stories of two young girls who are having problems with their hair. One wants to grow her hair longer, while the other, who has lost her hair during cancer treatment, would just like to have it back. Their friendship leads them to a new understanding of hair loss and the act of giving, and teaches them about courage, generosity, and pride. A helpful reading and discussion guide for parents and a list of fun, related learning activities for kids are also included.

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Two five year old girls live in different states. Isabel has brown hair. Emma has straight blond hair. Emma learns she has cancer, and the medicine makes her hair fall out. Isabel wants to have long hair like her older cousins. From a friend at school she learns about giving hair away to make wigs for people who lose their hair. Emma is embarrassed about not having hair. She has hats and bandannas but is happy to finally get a wig. The wig is itchy, so Emma is glad when friends attach a pony tail onto a cap which she can wear. Isabel has to have patience to grow her hair ten inches long, before it can be cut and donated for wigs. Emma gets well and her hair grows in brown and curly. Full page colored pictures accompany the text. Each paragraph is accompanied by a single sentence in darker type for younger children. There is a guide for adults to pages that deal with feelings children may have, such as frustration and patience. Questions for children to think about and Web sites for donating hair are listed. Children will find this book informative and full of hope. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604430172
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 704,375
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Meyers is the early childhood education department chair at Georgia State University and has been an educator for more than 40 years. Lydia Criss Mays is an instructor in early childhood education at Georgia State University and is involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. They both live in Atlanta, Georgia. Shennen Bersani is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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  • Posted December 19, 2014

    This book is so fabulous! I got a copy for my nephew and since

    This book is so fabulous! I got a copy for my nephew and since then I buy this every child in my life. It really does help children think about others. One of my friend's daughters read the story when she was 4 and once it was time for her scheduled hair cut she told her parents she wanted to grow her hair out to donate it like in the book. She ended up growing her hair until her 7th birthday and donating it all.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Long and the Short of It is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Amazing

    This is the story of friendship, with lessons of compassion, understanding, empathy, and optimism interwoven... a MUST for any teacher, parent, or healthcare provider who is struggling to impart any of these lessons to a child.

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