Morning, book lovers! Just stopping in to share this month's For the Love of Books pick. This one was a recent, random pick from the shelves of our local library but quickly became a must-have for our home library shelves. Its clever illustrations tell a story all their own and are sure to capture the attention of young and old readers alike, despite the book's target age of six to ten years.
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School, written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Ard Hoyt, tells the story of Zoe Fleefenbacher, who "had one blue eye and one green eye and bright red hair that [not only] went on... forever," but also had a mind of its own. By three years of age, Zoe's "hair could turn on the TV, pour a glass of juice, pet the cat, and play on the computer," all while Zoe napped; and by the time she turned four, it had learned to fly. Her kindergarten teacher put it to work for her, picking up trash, erasing the board, and even setting the table at snack time. But Zoe's first grade teacher, Ms. Trisk, said, "School has rules. No wild hair in my class!" This stance made Zoe's hair act out in frustration. To no avail, Zoe tried to tame it with a ponytail and braids. Then, she "tried scrunchies, barrettes, clips, headbands, rubber bands, bobby pins, and duct tape - all at the same time. It worked!" but Zoe "felt like all the rules in the world were sitting on top of her head." Will Ms. Trisk ever learn the value of Zoe's handy, helpful, amazing hair and give it a place in first grade?
I just love this book's emphasis on the importance of learning to embrace one another's differences and work together to accomplish our goals. What a great book to share any time of the year! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy reading, friends!