Hair to Share by Sylvia Walker
Hair To Share is a charming children’s narrative about a young girl named Amaya who suffered from hair loss.
It’s a fresh take on celebrating the beauty of natural textured hair. The story tackles the difficulty of childhood medical hair loss and the impact that empathy and generosity can have on one’s self-esteem.
Who wouldn’t love a touchy story of friendship deepened through giving?
The story follows Amaya; she was playing on the playground one day and met a new friend named Suri when her hair scarf fell off. Embarrassed about her hair, Amaya ran away.
Suri, searches for Amaya but cannot find her and doesn’t know where she lives. She comes across a hair salon and goes inside. Suri wants to share her hair with her new friend, so she cuts some of her hair off.
The hairstylist knew Amaya and mailed the donated hair to her. Amaya comes back to the playground with confidence she didn’t have before. Not to mention, she still had a friend in Suri.
The lovely watercolor illustrations depict the African American girls and their community with affection and warmth. The text is not so picture dependent that it will lose its meaning to listeners.
If you have children between the ages of 3-7, this would be a great read for them. It normalizes hair loss and gives kids a way to feel helpful and hopeful.
I haven’t come across many children’s picture books about hair loss. This story is one that will start a conversation with your littles about hair loss and encourage them to be kind to other children who don’t have hair.
What makes this book extra special is that it includes a section (at the end) that explains more about hair loss and resources for hair sharing. Walker’s children’s book is a joyful exploration of friendship, generosity, and confidence that comes from within.
Sistah Girls, we need to be informed about important issues such as this. The world needs to be more aware so that we can be more empathetic.
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