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HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Author: Lisa Dunn-Dern

Illustrator: Virgo Evans

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Publisher: Llumina Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: Every Saturday, Mom goes to the hair salon for her standing appointment … and every Saturday Daddy and his girl do some stylin' of their own. Each week, everyone has a different hairstyle. This is a picture book that celebrates being a family and being unique as an individual, all at the same time.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Read with child 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He laughed at the pictures of Play-doh hair the first time. We didn't have much success trying to read it after the first round, though.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story makes you laugh out loud. Part of the fun is thinking about how some of the "hairless" guys you've known might look in some of these hairdos.

Pros: The story is fun. It presents an inter-racial family in a way that just "is." There's no judgment, there's no in-your-face message, it's just a family that loves each other!

Cons: None, unless you live in fear of having your child style your hair.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! It's a paperback, so you won't likely find it at your library, and it will bring you at least a smile, if not a laugh, for many readings.

If You Liked This Book, Try: KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB   THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN   SPLAT: THE TALE OF A COLORFUL CAT (THIS ONE AND THAT ONE)

Educational Themes: There is lots to share, from creating your own rituals, to explaining how families work, and celebrating individuality and diversity.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, humor, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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