by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James - £6.99 Tradewind Books (2019)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781926890227 | ISBN 10: 1926890221
In this vibrant and exquisitely illustrated picture book, written by Commonwealth Prize-winning Jamaican-Canadian Olive Senior, and with pictures by the acclaimed artist Laura James (the team that created Anna Carries Water), a young girl learns to love her difficult-to-manage, voluminous and boonoonoonous hair.
"The versatility of Black hair is celebrated and showcased through the cornrows, braids, plaits, afro puffs, twists, bow-adorned afro, and straight hair that Jamilla wears throughout the book."
"Jamaican-Canadian writer Senior uses playful rhymes to speak directly to young readers... Artwork by James – who is of Antiguan heritage – is an explosion of colour and energy. Together (they) show young readers that being different isn’t a bad thing."
(Quill & Quire)
(Price & availability last checked: May 2020)
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