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December 22, 2020
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A joyfully poetic board book that delivers an ode to African American girls and the beauty of their curls.


Mirror Smile

Shine big
hair love

This simple, playful, and beautiful board book stars four friends who celebrate the joy of their hairstyles from bouncing curls to swinging braids.

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CURLS is a celebration of girlhood, Black hair, and friendship. The book is mostly told through illustrations with a simple poem running throughout the book of a few words on each page spread. The book begins with a girl waking up and vibrantly joining the day with a smile - and her hair. Each of four friends have their hair styled beautifully in different ways before playing together on the playground.

What I loved: The celebration of Black hair is not often seen in books, and this does a fantastic job. The text is simple, poetic, and lovely. The book reads quickly, making it great for infants through preschoolers. The vibrant, colorful, and detailed illustrations help to tell the story beautifully with characters young children can enjoy as they tell their own story. The board book format is great for young readers, and the detailed images with minimal text make the pages turn at the reader's pace.

Final verdict: CURLS is a beautiful and vibrant board book with gorgeous illustrations and poetic text. Recommend for infants and toddlers.
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