We know one thing that Black people love or love to hate is their hair. This is evidenced by the varying hairstyles from twists, locs, cornrows, braids, wigs, and weaves to the abundance of children books on the topic.
Is the children book market saturated on this topic? Never! There is certainly room for Why is my hair curly by Neil Thompson, a book dedicated to his niece and nephew.
In the story, a young boy Anthony is curious about the length and texture of his hair and asks his mother about it.
His mom advises that he calls Uncle Neil because he is a scientist. Using technological communication devices, Anthony and his mom call Uncle Neil who provide a wealth of knowledge and scientific explanation.
The story is powerful in its articulation of cultural history, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and demonstrating the importance of family relations. I believe this short story is a good tool to use in the classroom to introduce the scientific method. It would be empowering to allow students to think of themselves as scientists, asking questions, brainstorming hypotheses and coming up with possible solutions.
Olivia Lauren and I truly enjoyed reading it and recommend it to other 1st to 3rd graders to read as well. Kudos to the author and illustrator for a job well done.