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Cornrows

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Every design has a name and means something in the powerful past and present richness of the Black tradition.

Mama's and Great-Grammaw's gentle fingers weave the design, and their lulling voices weave the tale, as they braid their children's hair into the striking cornrow patterns of Africa.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 27th 1997 by Puffin Books (first published November 1st 1979)
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Whitney
Jan 06, 2017 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Beautiful classic. I will always cherish memories of my mother reading this to me, or I to her as she braided my hair <3
Leo
Jun 18, 2012 Leo rated it it was amazing
Cornrows is a book by Camille Yarbrough with illustrations by Carole Byard about a young girl named Shirley Ann and her little brother Mike who are told wonderful stories about their hair by their mother and grandmother while having their hair cornrowed. Their grandmother delves into their family history and the history of peoples of African descent to give the children a sense of pride and respect for themselves and their lineage.
The book is beautifully written by Camille Yarbrough and Carole
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April Scheivelhud
I absolutely loved the poetry, rich tradition, and symbolism in this book. The young girl that is getting her hair braided hears about the origin of the braids. The grandma goes on to say how people used to "name" their braids. This part references some really great african american civil rights leaders. Highly recommend for 2nd grade and up.
Emma Hoyer
Feb 03, 2015 Emma Hoyer rated it it was amazing
Literature Requirement: **1980 Coretta Scott Kind Award Winner (illustrator)**

My favorite part of this book was the contrast between the musical elements and the text of the story. The musical elements start to pick up and appear more frequently as the story goes on, and they are rich in history and meaning. One particularly powerful portion of song goes as follows:

And the style that once was praise
then was changed to one of shame.
Then the meanings were forgotten
and forgotten was the name...

This
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Breauna Hale
Oct 27, 2014 Breauna Hale rated it really liked it
This book is about a little girl named Shirley Ann and her younger brother. While they are sitting down to get their hair braided by their mother and grandmother, they are told stories about their hair and the history behind it. Their grandmother tells them about how their ancestors used to name their cornrows. She makes reference to members of their family and even some historical figures, which helps to add the realistic quality to the text.This shows them the history behind their hairstyle th ...more
Lindsey Rogers
In this story the young brother and sister get a history lesson when they sit down to get their hair cornrowed by their mother and grandmother. The language in this book is wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful. The reader is able to see the imagination that Carole Byard expresses in the illustrations. Camille Yarbrough's poetry and symbolism are treasures to this story for example, in the title the hairstyle 'cornrows'. In the end the children are able to understand their rich heritage ...more
Jesse McMorris
Dec 05, 2015 Jesse McMorris rated it really liked it
Cornrows written by Camille Yarbrough and illustrated by Carole Byard was a very interesting story. The story was about two young kids who saw that their mom was getting cornrows done by their grandmother. Being nosy they asked were cornrows came from and the grandmother and mother told them a story about where they did come from in Africa and how cornrows are a celebration of being black basically. The illustrations in this used a lot of line and stayed black in white the whole story. The idea ...more
Azriana Johnson
Cornrows is a story about a liitle girl named Shirley Ann and her younger brother, Mike, who are told stories about their hair by their mother and grandmother while having their hair cornrowed. Their grandmother tells stories of their family history and the history of African American people. As a teacher, I would use this book during Black History Month and use it as a story of Black heritage. The illustrations were my favorite part of the book because I draw and I love to sketch. The illustrat ...more
Edda
Jan 31, 2015 Edda rated it it was amazing
Beautifully-illustrated picture book about the rich history of braiding and how the Spirit lives on through this cultural tradition.

Carole Byard won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator award in 1980 for this book.
Cecoiya Johnson
This book was a great read for cultural diversity. Some students get cornrows, however they don't know where the name depicted from. I think this is a great way to speak to some students about diversity and culture.
Cara Byrne
Oct 16, 2014 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
Powerful picture book from the late seventies about embracing one's history, community, and family through hair. This work seems to have influenced many contemporary writers who also write about self-esteem and hair to an audience of young children - including Natasha Tarpley and bell hooks.
Brindi
Aug 08, 2013 Brindi rated it really liked it
1980 CSKing Illustrator Winner

Byard's illustrations always make me feel comfortable and at home. They're fantastic, and this story was heart-felt and perfect.
Jocelin
Jul 09, 2011 Jocelin rated it it was ok
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The one thing that is really great about this book is the illustrations. Loved the sketches and the images in the book. The story was just ok; didn't really blow me away
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Sep 28, 2010 Austin rated it it was amazing
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