Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
A joyfully poetic board book that delivers an ode to African American girls and the beauty of their curls.
This simple, playful, and beautiful board book stars four friends who celebrate the joy of their hairstyles from bouncing curls to swinging braids.
About: Curls is a children’s board book written by Ruth Forman and illustrated by Geneva Bowers. It was published on 12/22/2020 by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 26 pages. The genres are hairstyles, board book, and African American. This book is intended for readers ages 0 and up, grades P and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Little Simon publishes innovative books for young children. Among our award-winning and bestselling titles are Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book, Karen Katz’s Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?, Robert Sabuda’s The Wizard of Oz pop-up, and David Carter’s The Happy Little Yellow Box. Little Simon’s Classic Board Book collection features timeless favorites perfectly designed for the youngest of readers, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and Little Quack.” Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Curls for my 20 months old daughter’s bedtime on 3/28/2021 and finished it that same night. We read it again the next night and the next. I loved the illustrations! The hairstyles were excellent. I liked how happy the characters looked on every page. This board book was cute and a quick read. I loved the colors and I liked to point them out to my daughter so she can learn colors too. The friendship between the girls looked happy and carefree.
Curls followed “four friends who celebrate the joy of their hairstyles from bouncing curls to swinging braids.” The story started with a girl on her bed, waking up in the morning with a smile on her face. She went to the bathroom and looked at herself in the mirror, still smiling. She’s feeling happy and loving her hair. She went out to meet her friends, four girls with four different hairstyles.
I enjoyed reading the author’s note. The author was shocked when her pk3 daughter came home from school saying she didn’t like her curly hair and wished that she had straight hair and light skin. Due to the limited number of children’s books for people of color, the author committed herself to write one. Curls was intended for young readers, “celebrating identity and self-love for children of color and for all children to enjoy.” I highly recommend this book for everyone!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: curly hair, braids, girls’ hair, African American, friendship, feeling happy
About the Author and Illustrator:
Ruth Forman is the author of award-winning poetry collections We Are the Young Magicians and Renaissance and children’s books Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon and Curls. She is the recipient of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, among others. She has presented in forums such as the United Nations, the PBS series The United States of Poetry, and National Public Radio. Ruth is a former teacher of creative writing with the University of Southern California and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and is a longtime faculty member with the VONA writing program. https://www.ruthforman.com/about/. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and Info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website. Book photos obtained from Edelweiss).
Geneva Bowers is a self-taught illustrator based in western North Carolina. She’s illustrated children’s books The Dragon Thief, Beyoncé: Shine Your Light, and Curls, among others. Geneva’s work has won the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist and a 2018 BSFA Award nomination. She loves manipulating color and adding whimsy with a touch of realism and calm. Visit her online at GenevaB.com. (Photo obtained from Google image search and Info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.