Author: Ruth Forman
Illustrator: Geneva Bowers
Simon & Schuster
Curls is a sunshiney celebration of Black girls and their uniquely beautiful hair.
The text in the book is simple, the art radiant. Poet Ruth Forman and Illustrator Geneva Bowers deliver an charming tale of four girls delighting in their hair.
A little girl awakens –
We are treated to glorious illustrations of two other girls – one sporting pigtail puffs (“up soft/black brown”) and another in an afro (“thick curl/sun crown”) getting ready. Our main protagonist awaits her friend’s arrival on the porch as a young woman attends to her hair.
A fourth girl in swinging beaded braids soon joins them and the girls are off to play as soon as our protagonists abundant curls are worked into beautiful cornrows.
The three adults in the book are also worthy of mention, varying in age, body size, and yes, hair styles.
Curls is a sunshiney celebration of Black girls and their uniquely beautiful hair. Forman’s rhymes, though sparse, are infectiously joyful, and Bowers illustrations have the girls adorable jubilation jumping off the pages. Truly a joyous book.
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