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 Don't touch my hair!
 Author: Miller, Sharee

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 644677 ISBN: 9780316562584
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Hair -- Fiction
 Assertiveness (Psychology) -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 503749

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/15/18)
   School Library Journal (00/11/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/18)

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Booklist - 10/01/2018 Aria loves her “soft and bouncy” hair—and so does everyone else. Aria avoids the intrusive hands of people who want to feel her tresses, with Miller’s illustrations ably depicting the anxiety of being surrounded by people disregarding personal space. Aria imagines herself escaping in fantastic scenes where she encounters more creatures who also seek to touch her hair. Finally, she seeks refuge on an island, but gets lonely and reluctantly rejoins civilization. But when yet another person stretches toward her, Aria says, “DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR!” Aria acknowledges everyone’s interest in her hair, and firmly states they can only touch with her permission. The diverse crowd of people around her look repentant, and thereafter, people ask to touch, and listen when Aria says no. This story can jump-start conversations about setting boundaries. Ink drawings with bright watercolors match the positive tone and humor of the story, and colored-pencil scribbles enhance the texture of Aria’s hair. Aria is a character with a healthy self-image who demonstrates courage and grace in communicating with others. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2–Miller follows up Princess Hair with more follicle-related fun. Smiling bright, brown-skinned Aria happily shares the things she loves about her bouncy, beautiful hair. She receives plenty of compliments from others, too, which she enjoys—but she resolutely does not enjoy when people try to touch her hair without asking. In a series of amusing and increasingly wacky situations, Aria tries to flee from overly curious hands, first situating herself behind a shrub, then diving underwater with a mermaid, and even leaving Earth for the safety of space (where she is approached by two meddlesome aliens) all to no avail; everyone still wants to touch her hair! When she finally escapes notice, Aria feels lonely. She returns home, but she has something to say: "This is MY hair…please, just look and don't touch without my permission." Miller has managed to put an upbeat, silly spin on a relatable problem for many children that can be awkward and upsetting. Aria has an adventure, but more importantly, she is able to state her boundaries with others when it comes to physical contact. The book closes with examples of Aria saying both yes and no when asked about her hair, and those wishes being respected. Miller's bold mixed media art is a delight; each page brims with texture, from Aria's ebullient coils filling a spread to the zany houses of her bustling hometown. Young audiences will love pointing out each vibrant detail. VERDICT An engaging, colorful lesson in personal space that will shine whether read aloud or one-on-one.—Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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