Mira’s Curly Hair by Maryam al Serkal, illustrated by Rebeca Luciani and published by Lantana Publishing is a picture book about a little girl and the struggles she has with her hair.
Mira hates her hair, it is curly and wild and sticks out all over the place. Her mum’s hair is smooth and straight, how she longs for her hair to look the same. She tries everything to tame her locks, even standing on her head and using heavy books to try and flatten the curls but nothing works.
But after mum and daughter get caught in a rain shower whilst out for a walk, something happens that changes how they both feel about their hair for good. Mira watches in amazement as her mother’s straight hair starts to transform as it gets wet.
The illustrations are bright and full of energy and we love the expressions on Mira’s face as she battles with her hair and the love as she gazes up at her mother, in awe of her hair as it changes.
An engaging book that manages to communicate an incredibly positive message about loving who you are and not feeling the pressure to try and change it. It is so important for all children to be able to see themselves and their life experiences reflected back in books; to recognise people who look or feel the same as them may seem like such a small thing but it is beyond powerful. This is something that Lantana Publishing do a fantastic job of with their wide selection of diverse authors, illustrators and characters.
As adults, Mira’s struggle with her hair is sure to make us think a little deeper about the messages that our children are seeing, either from the media or from us, and recognise just how much influence they can have. Our favourite image is this one, at the end of the story Mira and her mum look at each other’s hair and see it for what it is; beautiful in all it’s natural glory.
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Many thanks to Lantana Publishing for sending a copy of this book for review.
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