The inspiration behind the title character, Little Miss Crazy Hair, comes from our niece, Vivian. When Vivian was 5 she was preparing to embark on a new life experience – a new school. As any person at any age would be, she was nervous. She was leaving behind the comfort of her Montessori pre-school and entering a land of unknown and scary Elementary School. She questioned, “What if they don’t like me?”, “What if I am different?”
Of course, that is ridiculous. Who wouldn’t love our beautiful and talented Vivian?
One of Vivian’s many special characteristics which makes her so unique is her thick, beautiful, curly hair. Vivian and her mom have a daily bonding ritual where every morning she and her mother work Vivian’s hair until a masterpiece is created. Time, trust, patience, and sometimes tears produce results that only make you smile. During these daily sessions Vivian earned the nickname, Little Miss Crazy Hair.
The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair – The Girl with Curl, is the story of a girl and her best friend, her dog Duke, who go on daily adventures created by how Little Miss Crazy Hair decides to wear her hair for the day. This book captures 7 days of hair choices which power Little Miss Crazy Hair’s ability to fly through the air, roar through the jungle, and even command crocodiles to move out of the way.
But this book is not only about hair styles and imaginary adventures. It also quietly provides learning and growth opportunities as Little Miss Crazy Hair demonstrates how her adventures can lead to BEEing a better person. Embedded in the illustrations for each adventure is a BEE who quietly highlights the daily learning. Little Miss Crazy Hair learns to BEE Brave by commanding crocodiles to move out of the way. She discovers how to BEE Determined by practicing her ballet moves until they are perfect. She learns to BEE Adventurous by flying through the air and exploring her city from the clouds.
Little Miss Crazy Hair’s 7 BEEs are not called out in the text of the book. They are creatively placed within the illustrations. The child is encouraged to find the BEE and identify the learning. Any discussion that follows is determined by the reader and the child. The length and depth of the discussion is relative to that child’s personal story.