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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Raakhee Mirchandani's brightly colored picture book Hair Twins is a delightful celebration of family connection and Sikh hair traditions. The girl loves it when her dad carefully brushes and braids her hair, and especially loves it when he puts it up to match his underneath his turban. The friendly, engaging illustrations by Holly Hatam reflect a diverse community full of warmth inside and outside the house, and help make this a great read-aloud book.
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What's the Story?
HAIR TWINS celebrates the bond between a father and his daughter through his combing her hair, playing games, carefully braiding it, and using coconut oil just like he does for his. He takes time to do her hair before they go outside to meet friends, and she loves her braid that looks like a unicorn tail. But her favorite hairstyle is when they're hair twins, when he ties her hair up top in a bun to match the joora he wears under his turban.
Is It Any Good?
The sparkling words and images on these pages are a moving tribute to family traditions and the deep bonds that parents and children can create over such simple moments as doing hair. The father in Hair Twins is present with his daughter, listening to her talk about her favorite hairstyles and being playful. This is a wonderful celebration of unique traditions and a beautiful reflection on the power of love between a parent and child.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how they like to do their hair, and if they have any traditions like in Hair Twins. What's your favorite hairstyle? Has it changed as you've gotten older?
Do you know anyone who usually does their hair in a different style than most other people around them? How do you think they feel about that?
What other books about family traditions have you read? Can you name osome of your favorites?
- Author: Raakhee Mirchandani
- Illustrator: Holly Hatam
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: May 4, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Hardback
- Last updated: May 29, 2021
Our Editors Recommend
Lively, loving celebration of a dad, daughter, and her hair.
I Am Perfectly Designed
Gentle, loving tale of an affirming father-son relationship.
Jubilant celebration of girls' hairstyles, hair textures.
For kids who love stories about dads
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