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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
I Love My Hair by Nevaeh Nicole Brooks-Brown is an adorable story that speaks about acceptance and embracing your own self. Nevaeh, the girl in the story, likes the spirals and curls in her hair, and she likes to wear it natural without any chemicals. She likes it that way because it makes her feel like a unique little girl, and she feels her hair is as unique as she is. She and her cousin like wearing their hair in braids. Nevaeh’s mom makes sure that she washes and combs her daughter’s hair a lot so that there are no tangles and knots. The little girl also speaks about how she likes her brown skin, natural hair, and, moreover, who she is.
This beautiful book will help young readers understand more about hair, curls, and braids. The little girl speaks about how in ancient times they believed how hair prevented the escape of energy, and how in The Old Testament hair was associated with power, music, spirituality, strength, and pride. The pictures in the book are colorful and I like the topic of speaking about hair and how the people during ancient times perceived it. The little girl’s acceptance of her skin color and embracing her uniqueness is a good message to all young readers, especially those with darker complexions. It is a good story for classroom read aloud sessions as it will help dark skinned students in the class become more confident about themselves and their personality, and will help them understand that beauty comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes.