I Love My Hair! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-18 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 316 user ratings

"I Love My hair! is a fictional story about a girl who is struggling with the task of getting her hair done by her mother. After seeing that the little girl doesn’t like having hair of her texture and length, her mother tells her of the many ways in which she is lucky to have such hair.
I would use this text in my classroom to show students that sometimes we take for granted the things we are given, but after actually thinking about it, a person can find that they are actually pretty happy about having something as delicate as long textured hair. Students could interact with the text in seeing that they might be going through the struggle of dealing with the same tedious task like getting their hair combed. After reading I Love My Hair! Students might actually find the task more bearable.
Natasha A. Tarpley is the author and she is also the author of another book in which she tells a story that helps young children learn to deal with the hair that they got and what traditions they may encounter with just their hair alone. Tarpley uses common situations to positively reflect what a scary experience can potentially be. This relates well to my topic because it discusses hair issues that a young girl could face and gives insight into why your hair should be appreciated greatly.
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""I Love My Hair!" is a contemporary realistic fiction book geared towards African-American children around age 5 or so.

The book centers around a young African-American girl who is frustrated whenever her mother combs her hair, saying that it's easily tangled. Her mother begins to explain to her how special her hair is, and all the different ways it can be styled: in braids, in an afro, etc., and all these styles represent proud elements of African-American history.

I think this book is a terrific example of diversity in children's literature. Growing up, I never read books like this, and I appreciate a book that's geared towards a specific culture. It shows me a side of this particular culture that I'm not familiar with, and reading it, I'd imagine it's a huge part of growing up as a young girl in an African-American family. The illustrations are very realistic drawings. They actually look like watercolor paintings. They serve to bring the story further into the real world. Children of all ages, no matter what their race, could find this book informative. It will either reinforce and comfort the reader, or it will challenge them to see what it's like to grow up in a different way.

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" This book is great for African-American girls who have "unmanageable" hair. it normalizes black children and their hair, which is something little girls need, especially in this society. I admired this book truly, because I was not always accepting of my natural hair. Now, I love it! But I didn't always. The book is unique in that it captures the importance of a little girl's hair by showing different types of hair styles that can be done to little girl's hair. " said.

"This children's fictional, multicultural story features a young Keyana with a thick, full head of hair that is painstaking every time Mama tries to comb it, no matter how gentle she tries to be. Keyana wishes she didn't have a full head of thick hair, but Mama gives Keyana several reasons why she's lucky to have her head of hair. "Because it's beautiful and you can wear it in any style you choose," says Mama. The author uses descriptive language, such as "fine, soft yarn", that may capture students' attention, and the author also utilizes sounds like, "Tap! Tap! Clicky-clacky!" that will capture students attention and help them to follow along with the reading. Because the author is apart of the cultural group depicted in this story, she provides a genuine and realistic perspective that students of this cultural group can identify with while providing a new perspective for students of other cultural groups. This story may not be best for instructional use, as it partial to females rather than all students. However, it may serve as good reading material to have in a reading center that can enhance reading comprehension and vocabulary, and because it is a picture book, students will find it interesting to read as they are learning. Lastly, students will learn cultural awareness, acceptance, and self-esteem through such a story as Keyana's." said.

"This book affords the opportunity to consider in-school teasing, to celebrate difference, and to explore the many ways that children prepare for the coming school day at home. If used as a read aloud, show the whole book, but be sure to note that the endpapers are the same at the beginning and the end. Allow students to discuss why the endpapers are the same. Does this show that before and after Keyana experiences teasing that that her feelings about her hair were the same? Does it indicate that the basic items used in getting her hair done do not change? Let students be on the look out for other things are the same from beginning to end in this story. How does the many styles that Keyana's hair is able to be styled in relate to the unchanging theme (the same hair, many styles)? The artwork in this text is gorgeous and the glimpse that this book provides into the ordinary activity of an African American child and her family is special. The illustrations help readers (and listeners) make sense of common African American language for hair styles and build cultural knowledge about why some African American female students may be sensitive about others bothering their hair. These black girls know the backstory to how their hair became styled and now these black girls' classmates can gain access to this knowledge through this excellent book." said.

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Tarpley, Natasha Anastasia. I Love My Hair!. Little, Brown and Company, 1998. 24 p. Gr. Pre-K-3.

The reader is presented with a positive celebration of the African American race and culture through this picture book. The narrator, Keyana, reflects upon her experiences with her Mama, as she combs and styles her hair each night. Through the pages of the book, Keyana relays stories that her Mama taught her about her culture, history, and the reason for some of the hair styles she wears. Artwork in the book includes muted, full-bleed, photo-realistic watercolors on two-page spreads.

Reader response/classroom connections: This book could be utilized in the Pre-K–third grade classroom. The book would be a tremendous addition to a unit focusing on multiculturalism and would, work well in a text set with non-fiction and poetry books that celebrate African American culture, especially during 'Black History Month'. An interesting partner activity would be to ask students to conduct research about African American hair styles' origins and changes over time and how those styles relate to things that were happening to the people from that culture. A cross-comparison of another culture's hair styles (caucasian cultures) during those same time periods and what those people's lives were like could be a wonderful spring-board for difficult conversations about race struggles.
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"I Love My Hair is a beautifully written contemporary book about an African American girl's acceptance of her hair. This book won the Coretta Scott King award. I can relate to this story because I hated getting my hair done as a little girl! The book was written for children from age 3 through 8. The book is beautifully illustrated, and I loved the picture of the hair accessories that we grew to either love or hate as a child. This book brought back memories for me and will do the same for most readers. The book details the nightly rituals of a mother doing her daughters (Keyana)hair. Keyana does not like getting her hair done, but the mother gently tells her daughter to be grateful for her beautiful hair. The mother weaves a picturesque story for her daughter that may have begun in her bedroom but reaches out into the neighborhood about the wonders of her hair. Her mother talks of cornrows and hair buns and all the beauty of her daughter's hair hoping that her daughter will accept her hair's beauty. The book is very intimate between mother and daughter, and in other ways, it can be shared by a group. The text of the book is more appropriate for an experienced reader, but can be read to younger children as well. The illustrations tell the story even if the child is not fully at the age to read alone. I love how a child can read this book and begin to feel good about themselves. This is a common thread with a lot of little girls today with their hair. I believe that after reading this book that little girls all over the globe sitting between their mother's knees will begin to see the beauty of the experience as they journey from indifference to acceptance with Keyana." said.

" A wonderful story of acceptance for a very real important detail in the lives of young girls, their hair. This book shows the beauty in difference and can help girls to feel confident in themselves. The picture and text relationships that Natasha provides can really help to create a sense of identity and adventure for any girl that thinks their hair is more of a burden than a gift. Great read for young readers. (Seen as an ebook.) " said.

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