Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

By BARNES, Derrick

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ISBN
9781572842243
Publisher
Agate Bolden


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on September 1, 2017  |  Picture Books

K-Gr 3—Rhythmic text describes the feeling of a young African American boy as he gets a "fresh cut" and how a trip to the barbershop changes the way he feels about the world and in turn how the world perceives him. He might just "smash that geography exam" or "rearrange the principal's honor roll" and, of course, the cute girl in class won't be able to keep her eyes off of him. The p...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2017

Brown skin, a dimpled smile, and a fresh haircut worthy of a standing ovation. Barnes takes a weekly, mundane activity for an African American boy--a trip to the barbershop--and shows its potential for boosting his self-esteem and therefore his place in the universe. The unnamed protagonist tells of his haircut from start to finish, narrating most of it in the second person, which invites all readers, regardless of ethnic b...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2018

Brown skin, a dimpled smile, and a fresh haircut worthy of a standing ovation. Barnes takes a weekly, mundane activity for an African American boy--a trip to the barbershop--and shows its potential for boosting his self-esteem and therefore his place in the universe. The unnamed protagonist tells of his haircut from start to finish, narrating most of it in the second person, which invites all readers, regardless of ethnic b...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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