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Jordan's Hair by Edward L. Spruill

Jordan's Hair

by Edward L. Spruill

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I enjoyed the style and message portrayed in this book. The story has a theme of "beauty is on the inside" compared to judging and wanting to look like others who do not have the same physical appearances. Spruill does a great job of recognizing all cultures and bringing attention to students differences while expressing the beauty in being unique. I think that it is important to represent all cultures and explain the beauty of being unique. I believe that a valuable lesson of acceptance is expressed and enhanced in this story. ( )
  jspare2 | Feb 18, 2015 |
This book is about an African American boy named Jordan. He thought the way he look was wrong because he was different and did not look the same as the other children in his class. He asked his parents if god had made a mistake. His Parents reinsured him there was no mistake and that his was perfect and special. He told his teacher that he had asked god to change his color overnight. His teacher Ms. Patty told him he was perfect and explained to him that everyone was different in some ways and alike in others. She told him that everyone like him for who he is on the inside not what he looked like.
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I thought this book had great meaning and would be very useful in an early childhood setting because it explains the problems in a very easy to understand way.
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1)This book could be used to help children who maybe struggling with their cultural differences. 2) It could show children what another child of a different culture could being through and encourage them to help these children.
  christa15 | Jul 5, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0817014845, Hardcover)

Little Jordan has a problem. He loves to be with his friends at school, but his skin color and hair texture is different from theirs. Jordan thinks God doesn’t love him because he looks different. He soon prays for a change in his appearance so he can look just like his friends. With the help of his parents and teacher, Jordan comes to understand that he has been beautifully and wonderfully made by God’s hands. He discovers that sometimes his friends may even want to look like him. Jordan learns that he is loved because of the kindness on the inside and not his appearance on the outside.

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A young African American boy discovers that being different from his friends at school is a good thing.

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