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A report on the book nappy hair by carolivia herron

AD200L Nappy Hair is a book about a young girl who is proud of her nappy hair, no matter what others say. Our culture has put a large emphasis on looks and beauty, especially in young girls. This book is about showcasing African Americans nappy hair, and showing readers that nappy hair is beautiful.

  1. Although the plot gIves students something to think about and question, I do not think it is very appropriate. This helps the readers to learn not just about being proud of nappy hair but also to learn a little about the African American culture and a way of communication that is important to their culture.
  2. How does the artist show that Brenda is having a rollicking good time at the family picnic? Pride comes from within a person.
  3. When finished, have students compare and contrast their self-portrait and the picture drawn by their partner.
  4. How do they know Brenda is close to her family?
  5. Different members of my family contributed different parts of the story. She is portrayed as a happy, spunky girl that is proud of her hair.

This is a unique book in that it also portrays an important form of communication that is popular among African Americans, a call and response book.

The book has several characters that are involved including the girls: Throughout the book we can see interactions with the family by way of call and response- making this a fun read aloud with groups of students or children. This book portrays social development well for the age group 8-10.

Around this age characteristics begin to show that children begin to be influenced by their peer groups and they begin to show others points of view and their reasoning.

It shows African American children that their nappy hair is beautiful.

  • How does the text of Nappy Hair remind them of a blues song?
  • You can tell from the cover of the book, just the girls head with her hair piled on top;
  • There is no tokenism present within the story either, the African American characters look African American instead of characters who look Caucasian with African American features;
  • The story does not really have a problem and solution, instead it is just Brenda's uncle preaching about how nappy her hair is;
  • Ask students to share who in their family has similar hair.

This book also helps children begin to grow in personality development as well. Middle age children begin to feel a sense of productivity and accomplishment. Characterization- The way that the young girl is portrayed makes her an important main character.

  • Allow students time to share something about themselves that makes them proud;
  • On Self-Esteem This story from my student is the story of every child—it is a story of self-esteem;
  • Theme- The theme in Nappy Hair allows children who have nappy hair, or know others with nappy hair, to identify with the story and become involved with the girl in the books story;
  • Tell how the motion and movement of the illustrations resemble a dance;
  • He lives with his wife and son in Rosemead, California.

She is portrayed as a happy, spunky girl that is proud of her hair. The way that she is characterized helps readers understand that she is proud of her nappy hair.

Nappy Hair Teacher’s Guide

This helps the readers to learn not just about being proud of nappy hair but also to learn a little about the African American culture and a way of communication that is important to their culture.

The language helps to bring the story to life, which is an important aspect to literary elements. Theme- The theme in Nappy Hair allows children who have nappy hair, or know others with nappy hair, to identify with the story and become involved with the girl in the books story.

  1. In this story the color red represents power; the power Brenda has because of her unique hair, heritage, and culture. How does the artist show that Brenda is having a rollicking good time at the family picnic?
  2. When finished, have students compare and contrast their self-portrait and the picture drawn by their partner. Have the class rewrite a portion of the text in Standard English.
  3. Cepeda's stylized art picks up on the energy and exuberance of the crowd; his work also focuses on Brenda who otherwise is not heard from , defining her character to be as strong-willed and lively as her famous hair. Pride comes from within a person.
  4. Then pair the students and have them draw a picture of their partner.

This theme of self-understanding is carried throughout the book and allows children to see that being different that the social norm is okay. The illustrations throughout the book are larger than life. You can tell from the cover of the book, just the girls head with her hair piled on top. The hair is huge and the girls face is cheerful. The illustrations throughout the book portray proudness and excitement over her hair. This book would be good to incorporate when learning about writing and how different authors write in different ways.

After the students are done writing their books ask if anyone would like to share their books with the class. Enjoyment- Readers from around age 8-10 would find this book appropriate for their reading level. The book also focuses on African American culture specifically regarding their nappy hair- so it could also be used to help self-confidence in children with nappy hair, or to teach others about something they are unfamiliar with.