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The Resource Hair dance!, words by Dinah Johnson ; photographs by Kelly Johnson

Hair dance!, words by Dinah Johnson ; photographs by Kelly Johnson

Label
Hair dance!
Title
Hair dance!
Statement of responsibility
words by Dinah Johnson ; photographs by Kelly Johnson
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • K-Gr. 3 This celebration captures the beauty and diversity of African American hair. The words, proud and positive, both describe the hair ("It's sassy short and bouncy long") and the feelings it engenders ("Heart happy / Hair happy"). The evocative poem comes alive in the photographs of girls, from young ones to teens, their hair in variety of styles: braids, dreads, Afro puffs, curly, straight. Textured blocks of color are juxtaposed against the appealing photographs that show the girls, usually one to a picture, in various poses, looking strong and beautiful. A short bibliography will lead readers further, but they might have a hard time tearing themselves away from the arresting photographs. "It's a wind song / a hair song." -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 12-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 8, p49)
  • K-Gr 5 —This vibrant offering pairs colorful photographs of African-American girls with upbeat verses. The youngsters are shown alone and together, and their moods and expressions vary from shy and pensive to bold and exuberant. They wear their hair loose and natural, and in barrettes, beads, Afro puffs, or braids that "fly high into the sky." One to three photographs appear on each spread, surrounded by linen-textured blocks of color that connect the fabric of this tapestry of young beauty, strength, and promise. Most of the verses are short and rhythmic and read aloud like a jump-rope rhyme. For example, a series of three photographs follows a girl whose love of dancing can't be concealed as her body moves to an unknown rhythm. Her hair is described, "It's sassy short/and bouncy long/barrettes on my braids/keep the beat of the song." Another page, featuring a photo of three friends, makes readers welcome: "come on, you'll fit right in/with our rainbow tribe/of heritage/our sisterhood of hearts." A lighthearted font matches the text's effervescent tone. A child can hold this volume and think, "That's me!" and then—"Beautiful!" This title can encourage discussions about self-image, feelings, and cultural identity. Pair it with Natasha Anastasia Tarpley's I Love My Hair! (Little, Brown, 1998) and Sylviane A. Diouf's Bintou's Braids (Chronicle, 2001).—Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA --Teresa Pfeifer (Reviewed November 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 11, p108)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
215021
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Dinah
Dewey number
811/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
NP
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PS3560.O3747
LC item number
H35 2007
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 5
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Johnson, Kelly
  • Henry Holt and Company
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hair
  • African American girls
  • Hair
  • African American girls
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Hair dance!, words by Dinah Johnson ; photographs by Kelly Johnson
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
655944
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805065237
Lccn
2006030616
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805065237
  • (OCoLC)71329950
Label
Hair dance!, words by Dinah Johnson ; photographs by Kelly Johnson
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
655944
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805065237
Lccn
2006030616
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805065237
  • (OCoLC)71329950

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