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Hairdo: What We Do and Did to Our Hair
Hairdo!: What We Do and Did to Our Hair by Ruth Freeman Swain, playfully provides a historical and cross-cultural look at the styles that have defined society, such as an Egyptian party favor ("At evening parties, special guests were given cones of perfumed beeswax to put on top of their heads"), the wigs of Louis XIV ("to hide his thinning hair") and Native American girls ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Holiday House
(first published October 2002)
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Nov 19, 2012 Greta rated it it was amazing
Don't judge a book by its cover. I did not like the illustrations..however the content is very interesting. A great book for multicultural interest in an independent reading library. Reviews historical and some cultural aspects of hairstyling. My students in my 4-6 grade reading class loved this book. Some of the topics discussed include: the long ponytails of Chinese Americans, African warrior hairstying, the wigs of the French aristocracy, political aspects of American hairatyles of the 60s. F ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Marcia rated it liked it
A fun look at hair and its importance through history and different cultures. Lots of information presented in an engaging way. The downside to this picture book was the illustrations--the facial renderings really detracted from an otherwise interesting read.
This story is an interesting informational story for children. Each page tells about what a particular group did with their hair. For example, the second page explains how ancient Egyptians sometimes wore beeswax on their head. It goes on to explain other cultures as well like Romans, English, Native Americans, Chinese, and numerous other cultures. As a teacher this book would be perfect to teach the students interesting facts about what people did to their hair in the past. They could even rela ...more
Dec 24, 2016 Nancy Kotkin rated it liked it
Nonfiction picture book about hairstyles and hair customs of various cultures throughout history. Information is interesting and culturally diverse. Illustrations are too cartoonish for a nonfiction book and detract from the credibility of the text. Short bibliography included at the end.