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Dalia's Wondrous Hair / El Cabello Maravilloso de Dalia

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Butterflies in your beehive?! A girl's imagination grows into a garden in this bilingual picture book. 

In Dalia's Wondrous Hair | El cabello maravilloso de Dalia, author and illustrator Laura Lacámara delights children ages 4-9 with her vibrant illustrations and an imaginative story about a girl's fanciful encounters with nature in this bilingual picture book. 

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Published May 1st 2014 by Pinata Books
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Lacarmara's illustrations bring to life the magical qualities of the story. Filled with images and references to the nature found in Cuba, Lacamara makes you feel like you can almost feel and hear and smell and taste what is spoken of.

Will make for a fun read aloud in either English or Spanish.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Silly but fun!
A is obsessed with long hair so this mostly kept her captivated!
Mercedes Arroyo
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is great to teach students about inference. The book is bilingual fiction and is a story about a young child who builds her hair into a cocoon for butterflies. However, Dalia does not reveal her cocoon of butterflies until the end of the story. Students can ask themselves why Dalia would put so much stuff in her hair. The things were bizarre and her neighbors thought it needed to be cleaned right away. But Dalia was not ready to clean her hair yet. Students can make inferences on why Da ...more
Vamos a Leer
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dalia’s Wondrous Hair/El cabello maravilloso de Dalia by Laura Lacámara is the story of a young Cuban girl with remarkable hair that emphasizes community love along with the theme of loving oneself.
The story builds suspense as the reader is guided through Dalia’s day as she takes her wondrous hair and sets off on a mission to do “Something Big” with it. She begins by entering the forest and adding natural elements into her hair. As her hair grows and gets messier, she repeatedly runs back to sho
Brent Lambert
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So this is the first children’s book that I am featuring on the blog. I know a lot of the people who actually read the blog and keep up with it have children. And it’s vital for children to see themselves in media. The earlier they see themselves positively, the better it is for their self-esteem and it keeps their interest too. Despite what some critics of diversity might have you believe, seeing yourself visually is important. It is a sinister, subversive matter when people try to suggest that ...more
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Whimsical is a perfect adjective for this book! Dalia is so free spirited and throughout much of the book, you have no idea why she is doing what she is doing. You are as puzzled as her mom. But the ending is beautiful and all of Dalia’s intentions are clear. Her hair really is wondrous!
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spanish-language
Dalia and her mother live in Cuba. "The story itself is filled with real-life referenced to the natural world found on the island." (Author's note) There is a short glossary in the back referencing several animals and plants from the book.

Dalia wakes one morning to find her hair has grown, well, a LOT! She decides to make use of it. Throughout the story she works to maker something out of her hair and challenges her mother to guess what she is doing. In the process, several neighbors are upset b
Dalia’s Wondrous Hair by Laura Lacamara is one of the latest delightful, authentic picture books that addresses a culture of “hair” for one little Cuban girl. The vibrant illustrations, bilingual text and whimsical tale of Dalia’s thick, exuberant, towering head of hair provides many instructional possibilties. As a bonus, Lacamara also provides a glossary of the plant life native to Cuba mentioned in the story.
Mackenzi Brozovich
This book is very superficial and does not have any sort of theme to it at all. Although it is bilingual, the book lacks any content. The illustrations are nice, but it does not really tell a story at all. I tried reading it several times to give it more chances, but I did not enjoy this book at all. I do not think it teaches any sort of lessons to readers and does not really even have a meaningful story to it.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this ecological fantasy are splendid. I recommend it to the Pura Belpre committee for the artwork, and the connection with the flora and fauna of Cuba. I enjoyed the cranky neighbors in the story, and Dalia's mother's patient support of her daughter's "project." The endnotes covering various butterfly varieties provide a great opportunity for pairing this fiction title with non-fiction science books on butterflies, life cycles, adaptation, and Caribbean wildlife.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I used this today in a program; the kids enjoyed it. I enjoyed it, but wondered how much I missed out because the transitions from page to page were ROUGH. It felt like there were MAJOR gaps in the story. Something was definitely missing. Wish I read Spanish so I could understand better what was going on. Knocking it down a star just for that.
Dalia's hair grows mile high over night and she proceeds to create a wonderful creation in her hair. Dalia's mother is encouraging and allows her to explore and create. The book is done in both English and Spanish and has beautiful artwork.
A light-hearted bilingual book about a girl who decides to surprise her mother and neighbors by putting her hair up for a few days, until one day she lets it down, and butterflies fly out of her hair.
Sarah Hannah
lololol this is ridiculous and hilarious and too cute. I'm going to buy it for every kid I know.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Entertaining tale of a girl and her hair honoring the flora and fauna of Cuba. One of the better offerings, story- and illustration- wise, from Piñata Books.
The Styling Librarian
Dalia’s Wondrous Hair by Laura Lacamara – Loved this multicultural book about a young girl who had a special surprise in her hair.
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This book is a perfect why to engage ELL students because of the dual language use. It could even be used to reinforce english by reading the spanish section first, and then the english or vice-versa
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"Dalia's Wondrous Hair/El Cabello Maravilloso de Dalia" by Laura Lacamara is a bilingual fantasy book. This imaginative story is about a young Cuban girl, Dalia, and her magical hair. One night while sleeping, her hair grew and grew. When she woke up and saw her hair, she decorated it with plants from the garden. As the story continues, Dalia's neighbors complain about her hair, but she embraces it by adding more natural elements to it until she reveals the beautiful blossoming butterfly tree, w ...more
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