Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Book
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Book
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James

Published by Agate

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Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post , Publishers Weekly , Kirkus Reviews , the Los Angeles Times , the Boston Globe , the Horn Book Magazine , the News & Observer , BookPage , Chicago Public Library, and more

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices.

A fresh cut makes boys fly.

This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

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  • Age Range: 3-8
  • Pages: 32
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2017
  • ISBN: 1572842245
  • ISBN 13: 978-1572842243
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This is such a fun book about the confidence and self-love a new haircut can bring. I love the illustrations in this book and the overall feel that the boy's perspective brings of feeling "fly" and "fresh" after a cut. :)

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