When Scholastic gifted me the beautiful book, “Curly Girly” there was one little girl I thought of instantly. Imogen enjoyed the story and we had a lovely discussion with loving the body you have, but considering she has lovely wispy straight hair, I thought the book needed to be read by a curly girl as well. So I gave the book to my friend Lacey and she has graciously written a review of the story below.
A common tableau happens in our home and I’m positive it’s unique to my family alone. It looks a little like this. Child x wanders into child y’s bedroom, and absentmindedly picks up a toy that hasn’t been played with in months. Child y, who was happily engrossed in Peppa Pig, begins to whine/sulk/pout/scream/convulse because, “She’s playing with my favourite toy! I want it! It’s mine. GIVE THAT BACK!”.
Just us, right?
A problem common to humanity: wanting what we cannot have, and cultivating contentment within myself and my children can be a battle at times. And perhaps one of the biggest battle grounds for females comes in the matter of our personal appearance. The skinny long for curves, the short long for height and …. the curly haired long for straight locks. I happen to hear this particular sentiment rather often, as my eldest child has rather striking curly hair.
I adore these curls.They seem to personify my daughter’s personality and zest for life. She, however, often tells me she wants straight hair and is always incredibly tearful at the process of washing, conditioning, combing and styling it. So when Caitlin passed along “Curly Girly” for us to read together, I was really pleased. The story is told in a lighthearted and comical manner, of a girl named Sophie whose curly hair drives her a little bit batty. After dealing with the maintenance and care of curly hair, I can see why that might be the case! And, like most people with curly hair, Sophie wishes she could be more like her best friend Claire, “who had lovely long, straight hair.” The pair experiment with various ridiculous methods for straightening Sophie’s hair, before Sophie gives up and decides to embrace her curly style with good grace.
We loved reading this book together. It’s always fantastic when you find a story that your kids relate to on a personal level, and as we have plenty of tears and tantrums over hair brushing or taming, this fits the bill. The book is written in bouncing rhyme, and was just long enough without my two year old losing interest. My four year old with the gorgeous curls enjoyed the pictures, particularly the styling of Sophie’s outstanding hair. I loved the message of learning to embrace your unique qualities and think it’s a particularly pertinent message for all young girls, whether they relate to the “curly hair” storyline or something else. Some of us will spend a lifetime struggling to appreciate our own gorgeous selves, so it makes sense to start early.
Now if anyone has handy hints for taking care of curly hair, I’m all ears. This stick-straight mum needs need all the help she can get!