Hair Love

by Matthew A. Cherry

Hardcover, 2019



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Penguin (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.

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LibraryThing member varwenea
“Zuri’s hair lets her be her. It coils and kinks to perfectly match a princess tiara or a superhero cape. But an extra-special day calls for an extra-special style” – from the book

In ‘Hair Love’, Zuri wants to have an extra-special hair style because it’s an extra special day. She
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goes through her day preparing, along the way explaining the hair styles she has sported, and some failures too. Her dad tries his best to help, and it’s not easy to create a beautiful crown of hair. Lots of patience, a tablet with videos, and finally success, Zuri is ready for her special day! Spoiler alert: Her mom is coming home from the hospital.

Since I was reading inclusive children’s books, I wanted to read one targeted to black children, too. This book is for a younger age, possibly pre-school to kindergarten. I think it’s super cute, very sweet, well-illustrated, and most importantly, I think it’ll help with a tender subject – hair. Let’s face it, I’m not black, and even I know this is a tender subject. Just like Asians are mocked for eyes, hair can be a challenging feature for Blacks. I can just see the tears of the little girls while their parents are combing out their hair. In my research, this is the best book on this subject. I can see why. Thumbs up.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Based upon a film of the same name, also written by Matthew A. Cherry, and due out later this year (2019), Hair Love is a sweet picture-book about a little African-American girl who is determined to have a very special hairdo for a very special occasion. Her father steps in to help, and after some
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trial and error, they produce just what she's been looking for...

There has been an uptick recently of picture-books featuring positive messages about black hair - think titles like Cozbi A. Cabrera's My Hair Is a Garden, Sharee Miller's Princess Hair, or Derrick Barnes' Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut - but Hair Love is something more. Although its does contain some positive affirmation - Zuri's hair is beautiful and versatile, the styles she uses reflecting her activities and moods - it is just as much a family story. Specifically, a loving father-daughter story, something not seen as frequently in picture-books, I feel, as other parent-child combinations. I found Cherry's narrative engaging and ultimately heartwarming, and thought that illustrator Vashti Harrison's artwork was charming. I particularly loved her depiction of Zuri's cat (small surprise), although all of the characters were expressively realized. Recommended to anyone looking for books about little African-American girls and their hair and/or the loving bond between fathers and daughters.
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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
Very sweet and cute with great art. As a former stay-at-home dad, I really appreciated seeing a another father dealing with braiding and buns.
LibraryThing member LibrarianRyan
Zuri is right. This book is hair love. Zuri gets her hair done by her dad, and certain styles makes her feel certain ways, but today is speical and she has to have the most special hair ever. It’s up to her, her dad, a tablet and some videos, but they will create an awesome do for an awesome day.
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I love that this book shows Dad doing hair. Readers need to see more of these things, and that traditional gender roles need not apply.
+16 #TBRread
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LibraryThing member Stahl-Ricco
"My hair is Mommy, Daddy, and me. It's hair love!"

Wonderful! The story, the message, and the illustrations - all just beautiful as can be!
And it's extra special that the adapted 'film' of this just won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short this past Sunday! Well deserved!!! But read the book
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first! It's equally award winning!

"Sometimes, love looks like braids, puffs, and twists."
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Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Picture Book — 2022)
Georgia Children's Book Award (Finalist — Picturebook — 2021)
Monarch Award (Nominee — 2022)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Preschool — 2021)


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10.25 inches


0525553363 / 9780525553366
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