Stella's Stellar Hair
Stella's Stellar Hair
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Annotation: Stella travels planet to planet visting her aunties looking for a stellar hairdo for the Big Star Little Gala, but she is not convinced by any of their suggestions.
Catalog Number: #256150
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-26177-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-9175-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-26177-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-9175-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2020019299
Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
An astronomically creative mix of science, fantasy, and African American culture.Stella, a little African American girl, needs to prepare for the Big Star Little Gala, but her hair isn’t “acting right”: “It twisted and turned, zigged and zagged, made loopity-loops and lots of curly Q’s.” A huge, swirly mix of purples and pinks with squiggles of yellow and green, Stella’s hair often dominates the page and dwarfs the child. She asks Momma to help, but she sends her daughter instead to Aunt Ofelia on Mercury. Ofelia gives her a “poofy-smooth style”; on Venus, Auntie Alma creates a “royal lion’s mane”; Earth’s Aunt Rubi fashions her hair into an “elegant crown”; and so on. Stella proceeds throughout the galaxy and finally to the sun. At each stop, an aunt gives Stella a hairdo reflective of the aunt’s own style and personality, but none fits Stella. Once helpful advice from Auntie Solana on the sun helps Stella realize the key to happiness with her hair, Stella attends the gala, completely satisfied, along with all of her beautiful Black aunts, sporting their plethora of hairstyles. In Moises’ friendly cartoon images, the vibrant colors change with the location and the atmospheric conditions. The backmatter explains all the different aunts’ hairstyles by speculating what style would be best adapted to the environment of each locale, if humans could live there. (This book was reviewed digitally with 8.5-by-22-inch double-page spreads viewed at 26.5% of actual size.)An innovative, refreshing, out-of-this-world tale about the incredible versatility of afro hair. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Stella, a young Afro-Latina, wakes up and is perturbed that her hair is not the way she wants it to be for the "Big Star Little Gala." She runs to her mother to fix her hair but is not pleased; her mother suggests visits to her aunts, who may have different answers. Stella uses her hoverboard to navigate visiting the planets where her aunts live: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and more. Every aunt has a distinct recommendation, but Stella remains unhappy and questing; she then creates her own hairstyle in a combination of all the suggestions. This joyful fantasy is more about persistence and individuality than it is about hair, and young readers will love the trip through the solar system. The back matter explains the connection between the hairstyles and the planets, in a fanciful blending of facts and speculation. VERDICT This journey has grace, whimsy, and panache, tied up by an explosive array of colors and textures. Annmarie Braithwaite, New York P.L.
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
An astronomically creative mix of science, fantasy, and African American culture.Stella, a little African American girl, needs to prepare for the Big Star Little Gala, but her hair isn’t “acting right”: “It twisted and turned, zigged and zagged, made loopity-loops and lots of curly Q’s.” A huge, swirly mix of purples and pinks with squiggles of yellow and green, Stella’s hair often dominates the page and dwarfs the child. She asks Momma to help, but she sends her daughter instead to Aunt Ofelia on Mercury. Ofelia gives her a “poofy-smooth style”; on Venus, Auntie Alma creates a “royal lion’s mane”; Earth’s Aunt Rubi fashions her hair into an “elegant crown”; and so on. Stella proceeds throughout the galaxy and finally to the sun. At each stop, an aunt gives Stella a hairdo reflective of the aunt’s own style and personality, but none fits Stella. Once helpful advice from Auntie Solana on the sun helps Stella realize the key to happiness with her hair, Stella attends the gala, completely satisfied, along with all of her beautiful Black aunts, sporting their plethora of hairstyles. In Moises’ friendly cartoon images, the vibrant colors change with the location and the atmospheric conditions. The backmatter explains all the different aunts’ hairstyles by speculating what style would be best adapted to the environment of each locale, if humans could live there. (This book was reviewed digitally with 8.5-by-22-inch double-page spreads viewed at 26.5% of actual size.)An innovative, refreshing, out-of-this-world tale about the incredible versatility of afro hair. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews (4/1/21)
School Library Journal (4/1/21)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Black girl magic takes the solar system in Stella's Stellar Hair , a celebration of hair, family, and self-love from debut author-illustrator Yesenia Moises! It's the day of the Big Star Little Gala, and Stella's hair just isn't acting right! What's a girl to do? Simple! Just hop on her hoverboard, visit each of her fabulous aunties across the solar system, and find the perfect hairdo along the way. Stella's Stellar Hair celebrates the joy of self-empowerment, shows off our solar system, and beautifully illustrates a variety of hairstyles from the African diaspora. Backmatter provides more information about each style and each planet. An Imprint Book


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