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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

by Derrick Barnes illustrated by Gordon C. James


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    • Grades: K - 3
    • Ages: 5 - 8
    Caldecott Honor ; Newbery Honor ; Coretta Scott King Author Honor ; Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
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Short Summary

A trip to the barbershop makes a young boy feel like a prince.

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Award-Winning Picture Book, Rhythmic Read-Aloud, Encouraging African American Pride and Confidence, Gorgeous Artwork, Celebration of Self-Esteem
​​​​​​​Topics and Themes:
Barbershops, Boys, Self-Esteem

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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.

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Product Details

    • Grades: K - 3
    • Ages: 5 - 8
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 11"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-61970-6