Melissa Parkington's Beautiful, Beautiful Hair

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Boyds Mills Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Melissa wants to accomplish something speical, but what could it be? "Spectacular!" "Gorgeous!" "Fabulous!" Those are some of the words people use to describe Melissa Parkington's hair, which is long, thick, and so shiny that it seems to sparkle. But Melissa would like to be known for more than her hair. Melissa wants to do something spectacular. But everything she tries doesn't seem to work out. Then one day she discovers that she can do something special—with her hair. Pat Brisson's engaging and thought-provoking story features lively illustrations by Suzanne Bloom.
 

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In this book everyone sees Melissa as Melissa with the beautiful hair. She gets really upset by this and decides to cut her hair one day and donate it. From that day on people begin to notice Melissa for Melissa, not just her hair.

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This book is about a young girl named Maddie who has long, beautiful, shiny black hair. Everyone notices it and Maddie wants people to notice her for other things as well. She tries different things, and she finally finds a way to make a difference, by donating her hair to less fortunate people who do not have any hair at all. This book relates to social justice because it deals with the struggle to find something that you are good at and also the struggle to feel like you have made a difference.  

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Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Copyright

About the author (2006)

Pat Brisson has written a number of books for children, including Tap-Dance Fever, Hobbledy-Clop, Star Blanket, and Wand'a's Roses. She lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of A Bus for Us, No Place for Pig, and We Keep a Pig in the Parlor. She lives in McDonough, New York.


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