Every design has a name and means something in the powerful past and present richness of the Black tradition.
Mama's and Great-Grammaw's gentle fingers weave the design, and their lulling voices weave the tale, as they braid their children's hair into the striking cornrow patterns of Africa.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||9.87(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Lexile:||AD450L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Camille Yarbrough is an award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist. As an extension of her creative and activist self, Yarbrough turned to writing in the 1970’s. Her published works have appeared in The New York Times, The Black Collegian Magazine, and The Journal of African Civilization. In 1979 Cornrows, the award-winning, groundbreaking family book that Essence magazine called “a gem,” was published and later three more books followed:The Shimmershine Queens, The Little Tree Growing in the Shade, and Tamika and the Wisdom Rings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My mother bought this book for me as a gift in 1990, in part because the author shares 75% of my name, but also because of the culture and hertiage woven into the text. In this day, cornrows are viewed as a 'stereotype' for people of color, but this book defines the origin of cornrows and the important significance they carry. I used this book in a class project for a Reading class I took, and my peers and professor loved it.