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Happy to Be Nappy (Jump at the Sun) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 10, 1999
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In bell hooks's first venture into children's books, she wisely teams up with Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Chris Raschka (Yo! Yes?, Mysterious Thelonious). Raschka's bold paint strokes on a color wash background are strikingly original--a perfect match for the exuberant text. This beautiful picture book will surely make any reader, young or old, happy to be nappy--and anyone who raved or ranted over Carolivia Herron and illustrator Joe Cepeda's Nappy Hair will welcome this joyful, celebratory book. (Click to see a sample spread. Text copyright 1999 by bell hooks. Illustrations copyright 1999 by Chris Raschka. With permission of Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children.) (Ages 3 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
the illustrations are **absolutly beautiful**. they accentuate the happy playfulness of the book and are so well done that they can appeal to adults and children alike.
the book is a nice break from the usual children's book roles of african-american characters. here blackness is not defined by its relationships to other races, but just by its beauty.
it is simply a really fun book to read aloud to kids.
The board book is especially good. It's much bigger than many board books, and my son can pull it out and turn back and forth among the pages on his own. He'll open it to a page and just stare at it for a few minutes, touching the pictures, then pull it open to another random page.
I think it's important for white kids to have books that don't just show them more white kids... and this one has glorious pictures. Lots of bold iamges on spacsious pages, visually very interesting for a baby.
I can't wait until he's old enough to sit still for having it read to him, but for now he's so excited that he can do it on his own with this book, he's too impatient to let me turn the pages.
My 7 year old has "nappy" hair but I am trying to make her see the beauty in her natural hair though great books like this.
Would recommend to anyone with children on color.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this book since I was a kid. I loved it. Now I'm looking for books for my little cousins ☺Published 8 months ago by Monaé Walker
Raising 2 little "Nappy" girls, this book means a lot to me and them!!! thanks soooo much!!!Published 15 months ago by Robert Thompson
I order and sent this book to a friend who runs a day care center. The children love this book and the girls have a reference they can identify with.Published 15 months ago by Dede
Gloria Jean Watkins (commonly known under pen name bell hooks) and Chris Raschka worked together to create the remarkable “Happy to be Nappy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tova Steele
So great! Colorful and happy with a lot of different hairstyles represented!Published 16 months ago by Sharon
How on earth the bell hooks/Chris Raschka were allowed to go out of print is beyond me. Love this book.Published 22 months ago by MKMcWillie