After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take anymore and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.
My Review of My Hair is a Garden
This is a beautiful story for children that may struggle with having hair they deem ‘unmanageable’. Over the last ten years, there has been a huge movement to help young girls finally gain confidence in themselves and their hair–mainstream beauty standards be damned. What I love most about this story is how it weaves in proper hair care tips and even includes a moisturizing recipe right on the back.
My son and daughter both loved this book and immediately began making sure their hair was correctly moisturized! Two weeks later we are still enjoying the book and everyday they both ask (especially my son) “Is my hair healthy yet?”
I love the text and the illustrations, this is a wonderful book for everyone to read and enjoy. As someone that was bullied over her hair, I could immediately relate to MacKenzie and how she felt. It’s refreshing to see an author tackle an issue the way she did. Seeing MacKenzie reclaim her individuality and freedom by loving her hair and accepting herself is a message that children and adults can relate too.
About the author (I love her official photo)
Cozbi A. Cabrera
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