Wednesday, November 01, 2006

There Was a Little Girl, She Had a Little Curl in SLJ

There Was a Little Girl, She Had a Little Curl, by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Elliot Kreloff

The classic rhyme is expanded into a story of Isabel, a precocious preschooler who has a mop of bright red curls. One day, after struggling to brush and comb her tangled locks, she gives herself a haircut. After snipping off one curl and then another, she is left with a motley head of hair. Finally, a visit to the beauty shop repairs the damage, and now Isabel is back to being a little girl who once "had a little curl, right in the middle of [her] forehead." Bright, childlike cartoon drawings capture the mischievous child and her tolerant but wise parents. Many families will relate to this title.

--School Library Journal, October 2006


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