An Ode to the Fresh Cut

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Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers
A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book

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.
Publisher: Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781572842243
Branch Call Number: JP Barne
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: James, Gordon C. - Illustrator


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Jun 26, 2019

I guess I've never had a haircut that good.

EvaELPL Apr 28, 2018

This lyrical, stylish love song to black boys and their hair is perfect from start to finish.

LoganLib_Kate Apr 06, 2018

A gorgeously illustrated book full of swagger. Must be read aloud!

Feb 15, 2018

I loved this. Who doesn't feel just a little more confident - a little more special - after a really great haircut?
Gorgeous illustrations and words that that just need to be read aloud. Every page is positive and uplifting, full of wonderful affirmations for young boys. Though this is a picture book, it would appeal to older ages as well. The author's note at the back adds additional context and personal meaning.

Feb 06, 2018

Crown is a first-rate tale of the importance of self grooming and self esteem. Although aimed at big city young boys at the 8-12 year range, it resonates with all ages, genders and races. It is a inside look at the community behind the barber shop and with coming of age in that community.
"I wanted to capture that moment when... boys all over america visit "the shop" and hop out of the chair filled with a higher self-esteem, with self-price , with confidence and an overall elevated view of who they are" - authors note- Derrick Banes

This book does a good job of that. Please don't overlook this as a "preschool picture" book only it will resonate with children up to 8 or 9 years old who are reading for themselves.

PimaLib_TeneciaP Dec 20, 2017

I know the author was focused primarily on boys of color with this book but I could relate to what was being said! There is something about a barbershop that feels like home. Maybe it's the smell. Or the buzz of the clippers. Or the music playing. Or the tv blasting. Or the conversations taking place. Or the memories it evokes of going with my brother on Saturday mornings to Al's Barbershop. Whatever it is, there's no place like the barbershop!

And there's nothing like the feeling after getting a fresh cut! You stand taller. You feel more confident. You walk with more swagger. You leave the shop feeling, like the author said, "Magnificent. Flawless. Like royalty."

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Feb 06, 2018

AndLib1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 12


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