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Happy to Be Nappy

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Lighthearted tribute to Black girls' hair.

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This lighthearted board book with mystical elements is fun to read and will be fun to share with young children. One of several collaborations between writer bell hooks and illustrator Chris Raschka (the team that created Skin Again and Be Boy Buzz), Happy to Be Nappy shows Black children and their hair in a consistently glowing light. The authors take care to convey that African hair is beautiful, whether its cut close and tight or long and plaited. A charming detail that parents and children alike can appreciate: Look for the perturbed faces on the children getting their hair styled -- a scene that many people can relate to.

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