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Crown : An Ode to the Fresh Cut - (Caldecott Honor Book) by Derrick D. Barnes (Hardcover)

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A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Horn Book Magazine, the News & Observer, BookPage, Chicago Public Library, and more


The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices.

A fresh cut makes boys fly.

This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.
Number of Pages: 1
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Series Title: Caldecott Honor Book
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pgw
Age Range: 4-8 years
Author: Derrick D. Barnes
Language: English
Street Date: October 10, 2017
TCIN: 52837288
UPC: 9781572842243
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-0202
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Clarissa 9 months ago
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I love this book!!! I purchased this for my young son for Christmas. He enjoys it a lot. It is beautifully illustrated. I love the representation of our culture in this book. The writer and illustrator did a great job. I would definitely buy again to gift to family and friends for their children! A ...see moreof the reviewer's review
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ddb 1 year ago
Safe to say, there’s nothing like the feeling of the fresh cut. You feel so extra visible with a fresh new cut, and this book built from that experience translates it in a way never before brought to the children’s bookshelf. Basquiat-inspired king insignias and a bit of Kehinde Wiley flair shape po...see moreof the reviewer's review
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