The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Mira’s Curly Hair
Publisher: Lantana Publishing
Mira wishes she had straight, smooth hair, just like Mama’s shiny elegant locks, but instead, she has an abundance of unruly curls. She tries everything she can think of to straighten them, from endless brushing and hair clips to standing on her head, but nothing works and the curls bounce back again. However, when it rains while they are out for a walk one day, Mira discovers a secret about Mama’s hair which makes her feel much better.
The little girl’s desire to be like her mother is touching and the concept that differences should be celebrated rather than supressed is an important message to communicate to young children.
Vibrant artwork that is full of detail, colourful clothing and striking Arabic architecture fills every page, creating a rich, warm backdrop to the rhythmic text. This delightful tale, featuring black and minority ethnic (BAME) characters, celebrates diversity and self-acceptance.