Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron

Title: Nappy Hair

Author: Carolivia Herron

Illustrator: Joe Cepeda

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Published Date: 1997



This is a crazy story about a little girl that has some crazy hair is awesome!! I say crazy in the most awesome form of the word I possible get. Let’s call it crazy awesome!

Uncle Mordecai is telling the story of Brenda and her nappy hair. He talks about the history of her hair. How God made her hair nappy for a reason. He wanted her hair to be the nappiest hair the world has ever seen. And so it was done. He compares brushing her hair to the crunching sound made walking on fresh snow. All in all, he highlights all the complications of having nappy hair and makes them sound beautiful. This is truly an amazing story. All children have little things that seem to be bad or a complication. By celebrating those things and making them something beautiful, Herron shows that its not something to be ashamed of, but proud.

In the telling of the story, I really enjoyed how the people that are supposedly listening to Uncle Mordecai tell the story are also involved. It has a church-like feel with the preacher telling the story and the congregation responding.

The best part of this story…the illustrations. I don’t think this book would have turned out so great without the awesome illustrations. Some people don’t really understand nappy hair and how difficult it can be, but looking at this book you do feel sorry for Brenda.  Curly hair in general is hard to take care of, but this hair is in its own category. The colors are vibrant, they tell the story in pictures, and really give you the sense of understanding and loving that all the characters have for Brenda and her hair. It’s a true celebration of African hair.

Happy Reading!



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