Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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Book Description: (From Amazon.com) Tarpley’s first book for children joins a growing list of titles about African-American hair—linking it to issues of self- esteem and acceptance. Keyana tells how her mother sits her down each night to comb her hair and to rub coconut oil into her scalp; Mama’s touch and her words are always heartening. Keyana is lucky to have her head of hair because “it’s beautiful and you can wear it in any style you choose.” It can be woven into a puffy bun, braided into corn rows, grown into an Afro style that is partly a political statement, or pulled into two ponytails that “stick out on either side of my head and slap in the air like a pair of wings,” making her feel free enough to fly. Lewis’s imaginative and warm interpretations of these exchanges as well as the inclusion of bits of African-American cultural history expand the personal content. (Picture book. 3-6) — Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Opinion on this book: I wanted to add one or two children’s books to the list. This was a book for a very young child. It wasn’t so much a story as it was a girl talking about all the wonderful things she could do with her hair. I liked it. Reading it as an adult was just, well, it’s definitely a children’s book! I needed a plot! Ha!
Favorite Part: Alright, this might sound a little cheesy but my favorite part was that I knew it existed for children. Reading the book as an adult was kind of boring but the only thing I could think after reading it was, I wish this was around when I was little. It doesn’t do much for me now but I feel like it would have been spectacular to me when I was 4 or 5.
Recommend it? Yes. If you have small children, especially those of color, this is a good, easy read to borrow from the library!