This is such a fun read- for both the children listening, and the adults reading it! The illustrations are captivating too - we always stop and look for all the little details to be found. A great lesson packaged in a fun read!
"Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair" is a book about a girl who did not want to brush her hair. Guess what happened? Hundreds of spiders lived in her hair! She still didn't care! Her mother despaired! Maggie, beware of those hundreds of spiders in your hair! What finally opens her eyes is not parental despair, tantrums not rare (unfortunately), or sleeping with spiders in hair, it's the ITCHING that's there, because of the spiders in her hair! Now Maggie the fair has learned the wisdom of brushing her hair, no spiders live there! Taking care of yourself and brushing your hair is the best possible repair! So parents of kids with aversions to care (specifically brushing hair), take heed and take heart. Maggie McNair will be there to help teach your daughter or son their own special part of self-care! "Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair" is appropriate for all ages who need hair care skills review and improvement! The humorous rhyming text and wonderful colored illustrations of spiders living cozily help to keep the laughter coming and the pages turning.
My family had the pleasure of meeting the author, Sheila Booth-Alberstadt, at a book signing last weekend. She is a very approachable and intelligent lady. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with her. The books take personal hygiene and put it in funny terms that make it fun for children. They read and learn at the same time. Now brushing my daughters long hair has become more of a game than a chore as I have to help her brush those "spiders " out of there. Instead of fussing she is laughing by the time I finish. I would highly recommend this series to any family looking to make learning fun for their child. Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair Maggie Mcnair Has Sugar Bugs in There Maggie McNair Wears Stinky Underwear
I read Maggie McNair to my kindergarten students at large group time a few weeks ago. The classroom was silent except for the giggles at the appropriate moments! After I finished it was a different story! "Did that really happen?" "How did the spiders get in there?" AND there was the little girl who hurriedly had her friend searching to make sure she didn't have anything living on her head!(her mom's thank you note came the next day) Maggie MacNair is the perfect book for stimulating a healthy discussion about 5-year-old hygiene! This is a book that should be in every kindergarten class... and every home where hair brushing is an issue! WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!
I originally purchased this book because I am a big Norris Hall fan! He is an awesome artist and I am blessed to have a piece of his work in my home as well as the book. Then of course the name, well I have my own Maggie and she is a terrible mess trying to get her hair brushed! Since reading the book, in the morning when it's time to brush her hair I say, "Maggie McNair, it's time to brush your hair." Of course it really makes her mad, but it doesn't stop her from reading the book over and over and it doesn't stop me from calling her Maggie McNair in the mornings! It's a delightful book and the illustration is everything I would expect from the talented Mr. Hall!
I have struggled with my tender headed daughter for quite some time now when dealing with her hair. Until Maggie McNair! Now she realizes that brushing her hair is not an option, it is a matter of good hygiene. She uses her Maggie hairbrush at home and at school. She brushes before bed and in the morning first thing. I am so glad there is a book series that finally addresses everyday issues parents face with their children. THANK YOU MAGGIE MCNAIR!! Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair Maggie Mcnair Has Sugar Bugs in There Maggie McNair Wears Stinky Underwear
My students LOVE Maggie McNair! I use the Maggie McNair books to teach our classroom health objectives, but my students re-read them because they are so entertaining. Maggie is an adorable child that hates to brush her hair. The author handles this common childhood issue in a way that makes readers laugh-out-loud, yet also makes the children aware of why they should demonstrate good hygiene. The illustrations are hilarious and the rhyming text is very entertaining, but the message is very pointed and eye-opening for children. I highly suggest all elementary teachers add this series to their classroom libraries!
My daughter has naturally curly hair that is thick and pone to knots. She really doesn't like fixing or brushing her hair. After getting and reading this book along with a "wet brush" she is now better about fixing and brushing her hair. Pretty cute book. This is not a board book thought so if you have a little one just be careful about the pages or they will get ripped. My girl is 3 1/2 so she's ok with the pages for the most part. Sometimes she will try to rip it just to giggle at the sound of the page ripping but she is getting better the closer she gets to turning 4.