First-grader Katy begins to regret having her long hair cut short after she is mistaken for a boy.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3 While much attention is given to little boys' first haircuts, the trauma of that experience for little (and sometimes not so little) girls is often overlooked. After cutting her doll's hair, Katy decides that long hair is too difficult to care for and that it's her turn for a trip to the beauty salon. But she isn't prepared for the new pixie Katy, especially when she is mistaken for a boy. It's too late to "put it back," and she can't wear a hat forever, so with the help of an understanding teacher, she adjusts. The ending may be a tad didactic, but overall the story is well-developed and realistic. Shute's brightly colored illustrations are made especially inviting by the frequent inclusion of familiar domestic objects. As in The Other Emily (Houghton, 1984), this author/illustrator team shows a genuine understanding for the everyday concerns of children and a refreshing knack for portraying those concerns with respect and humor. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.
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Davis's fluent story and Shute's crayon-bright illustrations effectively convey the magnitude of a choice that children understand well. Katy's proud that her hair is longer than anyone's in her class. It makes her special but it causes trouble too. The braids get caught in her desk; they blow in people's food, etc. Finally, Katy goes with her mother to the hairdresser; she's still ambivalent, but brave. When she sees her clipped tresses, though, Katy is devastated. Her parents insist the short curls are terrific but she won't listen. At school the next day, Katy wears a hat. Her secret is out, however, when the hat falls off. Everyone is excited and congratulatory when they see the smart coiffure, thanks to a wise, empathetic teacher. He says, "It takes courage to make a big decision and go through with it."
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin (Juv), 1985. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110395389429