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Cornrows Paperback – January 27, 1997

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"A jubilant celebration of black culture . . . with absolutely marvelous drawings." --Publishers Weekly

"It's a happy, sad story full of  pride and great people in our history." --Ebony Junior

"As the children sit to have their hair braided, they hear the regal history of cornrowing. Gammaw and Mama describe it as ancient and symbolic." --Booklist

"Camille Yarbrough captures the warmth of family affection and the pride of our rich heritage in a story that's superbly illustrated by Carole Byard." --Essence


"Camille Yarbrough is a poet, griot and storyteller who has crafted a special, rhythmic and moving story for you and yours. . . . The illustrations by Carole Byard dignify and give all due respect to the story." --Council on Interracial Books for Children

A Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Illustration
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

About the Author

Camille Yarbrough is an award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist. As an extension of her creative and activist self, Yarbrough turned to writing in the 1970’s. Her published works have appeared in The New York Times, The Black Collegian Magazine, and The Journal of African Civilization. In 1979 Cornrows, the award-winning, groundbreaking family book that Essence magazine called “a gem,” was published and later three more books followed:The Shimmershine Queens, The Little Tree Growing in the Shade, and Tamika and the Wisdom Rings.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD450L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 1 edition (January 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698114361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698114364
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THIS BOOK WAS BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED. THE CORNROWS GIVE A SENSE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PRIDE AND HISTORY. THE BOOK ALSO GIVES SOME FOCUS ON THE PRESENT, BY INCLUDING PROMINENT AFRICAN AMERICANS, LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING, CARVER, AND MORE PRESENT ONES LIKE THE MUSIC DIVA ARETHA FRANKLIN! GREAT BOOK FOR NOT ONLY AFRICAN AMERICANS, BUT FOR EVERY RACE. ENJOY!
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I mistakenly ordered this book and once I received it realized it was for children. I sent it back but read it anyway because it only took a few minutes. It's an excellent book for young people to learn to take pride in themselves and their heritage and it's an easy read.
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Having a daughter who is often the only brown girl in class I had to teach her to love the skin she's in and that started with her hair. This book is helping me teach her to appreciate her heritage. Great teaching tool!
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I truly love this book. It teaches self love and pride. My daughter was especially proud to read about a connection between royalty and cornrow designs. She now asks for a princess pattern in her braids. The only downside is the diction in which it is written, I have to adlib a bit.
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i remember this book from preschool and loved it - great book for all children.
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