Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

The fresh cut. That's where it all begins.

By Derrick Barnes Illustrated by Gordon C. James Read by Adam Lazarre-White African American / Children’s Fiction English Age group 3-8 12m Sell Sheet
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1 Video DVD December 18, 2018 $38.99 $38.99 9781974921195 Add to Cart
									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 is a rhythmic 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. 

Named one of the year's best books by NPR, The Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, The Boston Globe & Los Angeles Times!

A Caldecott Honor Book; A Newbery Honor Book; A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book; A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book - Awards

Starred Review "Pride, confidence, and joy radiate..." - Publishers Weekly

Starred Review "Themes of confidence-building, self-esteem, and joy of young black boys..." - School Library Journal

Starred Review "...oozes with black cool and timely, much-needed black joy..." - Kirkus Reviews