The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School
Laurie Halse Anderson
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
2009 Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780689858093
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
Zoe has wild red hair that goes on forever. When she was a baby she needed two strollers, two high chairs, and two cribs. Her hair could open cookie jars, turn the TV on, pet the cat, play on the computer and more. When Zoe was in Kindergarten, her teacher encouraged her hair to be wild and wonderful, but this was not the case in first grade. Her new teacher, Ms. Trisk, said that school has rules and that her wild hair was not allowed in her class. Will Zoe ever be able to tame her wild hair?
This is a cute book. I like that it teaches a great lesson about being different. Children should embrace their differences the way Zoe and her family embraced her wild red hair. I love the illustrations, the lines are soft, as well as most of the colors, except for of course the bright red color of Zoe’s hair. I love the idea that her hair allows her to multi-task. Kids will love the goofy antics and disturbances that her hair causes in school, and how frustrated the teacher becomes. Many of the illustrations make her hair look like it is a monster that will take over when you try to contain it. The only way to make the hair behave is to let it be free!