I Love My Hair!

I Love My Hair!


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A modern classic, this whimsical story has been celebrating the beauty of African-American hair for 20 years!

In this imaginative, evocative story, a girl named Keyana discovers the beauty and magic of her special hair, encouraging black children to be proud of their heritage and enhancing self-confidence.

I Love My Hair! has been a staple in African-American picture books for 20 years, and now has a fresh, updated cover that shines on the shelves!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316523752
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 65,053
Product dimensions: 10.05(w) x 10.05(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile: AD840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley is the author of several books for children, including The Harlem Charade, Joe-Joe's First Flight, and Destiny's Gift, and the companion to this picture book, I Love My Haircut! She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and numerous other awards. Natasha is a graduate of Howard University and resides in Chicago.

E. B. Lewis is the illustrator of dozens of books for children, including Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes. His work is frequently exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, and he serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club. He lives in New Jersey.

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I Love My Hair 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
msdixon11113 More than 1 year ago
This book helped my baby girl understand she is beautiful.
shanda1021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a great book that talks about different styles of African American girls' hair. Keyana doesn't care too much in the beginning for her hair but in the end she loves it.Personal Reaction:I could understand her when she talked about how bad it hurt when her mother combed her hair because my mother is a beautician and I hated when she combed mine because it hurt.Classroom Extensions:1. This is a good book to introduce different cultures and maybe answer questions of being different.2. I would maybe have the students draw a picture of what makes them different.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An empowering book that celebrates different styles of African-American girls' hair. Young girls of all backgrounds will love and appreciate this book that assures readers it's ok---actually, it's wonderful-- to be yourself.
crystalr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THis book was very good in making children realize that they should be happy with who they are. and not to change for anybody.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My older niece loves this book, all about a black girl who, as you expect, loves her hair.She describes it in various poetic and imaginative terms - her hair can be like a globe, or be spun into a braid; it's curly like a vine winding into space; she likes to wear her hair in "ponytails like wings".There are some unnecessarily didactic elements - kids at school teased her, so her teacher talked to them about having Pride in Your Heritage (a good concept, the whole book is about that, but that page wasn't so well-handled, I think), and her mother starts talking to her directly about how she's "lucky to have this head of hair" when she complains that haircombing *hurts* sometimes.Also, some of the illustrations have odd perspective - I'm thinking specifically of one where she's going down the street with beads in her hair.However, overall this is a really great book. And my nieces (aged five and 2.5) agree. They love reading this book.
katiekaufmann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Makes readers think and reflect about problems and differences. Might help some become more confident about their identity.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the detailed and beautiful color illustrations. The storyline will remind some readers of the times when their own mothers combed and oiled their hair or just combed and brushed their hair. A beautiful story to share with young members of your family and discuss traditions of styling hair at home. *Good for a self-esteem class or session for six to nine year old youth and they will probably be drawn to the color illustrations in this picture book.
bibliophilist More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautifully written reminder to black women and their daughters about the wonder that is their hair. Cornrows, single braids with beads, puffs and fros, we all remember feeling like Keyana. I keep this book as a reminder to myself that the way my hair comes out of my head is exactly right. I do not need a relaxer or weave to make me beautiful. My hair is beautiful the way it occurs naturally. I share this story with my niece whenever she is over and she is always so excited by the beauty of her hair when we are finished. Great, great read. aAmust have for all little curly and kinky haired girls as well as their parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a delight to both my 6 year old and I as it makes her proud of her hair as well as reminds me of my childhood.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story about a little girl named Kenyana who is kind of tenderheaded. Her mom gets her mind off the pain by telling her that her hair is beautiful and imagine it being all of these great things.While reading this book all of these memories came back of when my mom used to braid my hair and how I used to move and cry.I thought the book was a brillant idea and the pictures were fantastic.Its a great book for kids especially little girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keyana's admiration for her hair, leads us on a journey through her mind, letting us see the repect she has for her hair. Keyana emphasizes the value that her hair has to her and allows us to see her her admiration her her roots. She also let us see how she views her hair as being an important aspect of her life and heritage. I consider this to be a good book for children because it teaches them to be proud of themselves, and thier heritage.