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Holly Clifton-Brown s home base is London, England. She earned her degree in illustration from the University of the West of England. Recently, Holly traveled through Ladkah and North Spain with her husband, furthering her yoga practice and love of surfing. Holly likes walks with her dog, Olive, growing vegetables, and picture books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books
  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761354093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761354093
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
This is quite possibly the greatest children's book ever written. Well, maybe that's a bit much. Maybe just the second best.

Great illustrations.

The book does a great job in teaching kids that their own individuality and believing in themselves is not only ok, but important.

If I had enough hair I'd make my own bouffant.
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Big Bouffant is the story of a precocious little girl who doesn't want to look like the other girls in her class. Annabelle wants to be an original, a one-of-a-kind. Having two daughters - and being quite the girly-girl myself - I found this story delightful. Even my two boys laughed at some of Annabelle's antics as she tried to get just the hairstyle she wanted. We loved the illustrations and rhymes. The story had a very natural flow and voice that made it easy to add fun voice inflections. Some of our "read and chat" point for this book were:

* Hair styles: We talked about what different hair styles the people in our family had, which ones were our favorites, as well as the ones we didn't like so much. We also talked about different hair styles the kids see at school, church, and when we go shopping.
* Hair styling products: At one point in the book, Annabelle uses food to try to get her hair to stay in the bouffant. So I took the opportunity to talk to my munchkins about what types of hair styling products are actually okay to use in their hair and which ones they needed either mom or dad to help them use.
* One-of-a-kind: I asked my kids what talents and traits make them each unique. We had a fun discussion and shared what things we liked about each other, too.
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Format: Library Binding
Witty and funny, the Big Bouffant is a standout in a sea of childrens' books. The colorful and rich illustrations combine with humorous and intelligent text to carry a message of individualism and acceptance of differences. As a pediatrican and uncle, I highly recommend this book.
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A Kid's Review on December 24, 2010
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This book really inspired me by saying " Everyone should be them selfs, no matter how odd and/or unique it can be!" I love it!
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This is the precious story of Annabelle and her desire to stand out! All the girls in class are sporting, "Ponytails and braids!" and Annabelle is itching to be different. She discovers a picture of her grandmother and is in awe of her big bouffant! She decides right away that this is the style she needs and begins her quest to create the biggest bouffant there is. At first Annabelle tries to achieve her look with household ingredients, pretty hilarious, until Mom volunteers to help her. The next day Annabelle is the center of attention with her big bouffant. Some girls laugh but before soon they start asking for help on their very own bouffant creations. Annabelle's teacher also joins the big bouffant revolution! I loved the illustrations, they're full of whimsy and color. I was pleased to see the array of ethnicities within the children in Annabelle's classroom. The story itself flowed easily with rhyme and is perfect for young readers. Annabelle doesn't want to be like all the other girls. She is courageous in her fashion choices, and becomes quite the trendsetter in doing so. This is a great tale for children who may feel different, it really encourages them to embrace their differences. Annabelle is a great role model full of moxie and determination, I highly recommend this book!
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Annabelle wants to be noticed. Her first day of school she realizes that all the girls have the same types of hairdo, ponytails and braids. At home, she sees the picture of her grandmother's bouffant and decides to try it for her face. She tries to create a bouffant by herself using butter and other ingredients, finally her mother helps and she does indeed get her classmates attention. Once all the girls are wearing bouffants however, Annabelle decides that to be unique she needs to try something else.

I have to say, this book reminds me of the girls who like to play with each others hair during story time. I confess I like to have my hair played with as well. These girls are the primary audience of this book. The illustrations are delightful and cute. And the writing is perfect for reading out loud, although, I think I'd lose the boys if I read it for any of my classes. Also, the idea of changing one's appearance to please others is implied, although, I think the idea of Annabelle wanting to be unique comes through in a stronger fashion. This book could provide an opening to discuss the idea of peer pressure and changing our behavior to please others rather than ourselves.
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Annabelle is bored with the boring way the girls in her class do their hair each morning. "Ponytails and braids! Ponytails and braids!" she moans. "I don't see anything but ponytails and braids!"

She decides to make a hairdo to top everyone; she decides to make her hair into a bouffant.

When everyone copies her, she switches gears and turns to designing a more imaginative dress.

"Annabelle went home and slumped on her bed.

`My bouffant's so boring---
I want something new instead!'
She thought very hard
with her eyes closed tight.
`I know what I'll do,
but I need to start tonight."

I love to read stories about kids who don't follow the crowd, and I loved seeing the crazy bouffant hairstyles, so this was a fun read for me.
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