Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, a picture book for children ages 3 to 8, is among the second such offering from Denene Millner Books, the new line for young readers published under Agate's Bolden Books imprint in partnership with Denene Millner, the noted parenting authority, editor, and New York Times bestselling author. The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother's hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut makes boys fly. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is, on the surface, about the ritual of a new haircut: sitting in the spinning chair, leaning back while the barber creates art with his clippers, peeking at that fresh cut in a handheld mirror when it's all done, and seeing the you that you love the most. Cut deeper and see an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair--a tradition that helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That's where it all begins. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.
Age Range: From 3 to 8
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Agate Bolden, October 2017
Product Dimensions: 11 L × 8.5 W × 0 H
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