Monday, October 12, 2020

My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn (Review and Giveaway!)

This children's book is about a beautiful little girl named Rosie who suddenly loses her hair because of the disease alopecia universalis. Such a lovely book!

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

This children's book is about a beautiful little girl named Rosie who suddenly loses her hair because of the disease alopecia universalis. In rhyming verse, the author introduces us to Rosie and her journey to self-acceptance. It's a book that teaches children to love themselves as they are and to be proactive.

This is such a lovely book! And it's based on the true story of the author's daughter. The reader can't help but fall in love with this little girl whose inner joy helps her not only come to accept her disease but to use her coping strategies to help other children who are also bald, whether because of alopecia or cancer. Rosie's compassion and generous spirit shines. She is a great role model for other children on how to turn adversity into something good.

At the end of the book is also a teacher's guide with an activity that can be done in the classroom to boost children's self-confidence. I thought this was an excellent activity. The illustrations from Chiara Civati are fun, bright and age-appropriate. Children will enjoy scrolling through these colorful pages as they learn about resilience and healthy self-love.

All readers, young and old, can benefit from reading this children's book. Who of us has not suffered from lack of confidence, self-esteem or courage at some point in our lives? Highly recommended as a book that should be in every classroom.

Paula and Rosie Quinn are the founders of Coming Up Rosies, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling Rosie’s dream to make bald kids like her smile confidently. At two years old, Rosie was diagnosed with alopecia universalis, an incurable autoimmune disease that results in baldness. From a young age, Rosie taught her parents how to embrace her difference by coming up with magical adventures of her hair each night before bed. Despite Rosie’s confidence, awkward questions and comments about her baldness started to bother Rosie. One day, her parents surprised her with a head scarf made from one of her paintings. Rosie immediately felt confident again, and wanted to share this feeling of pride with all bald children. Rosie lives in Chicago with her sister Caroline, her parents Paula and Larry, and their bernedoodle, Enzo. As a family, they love to go to Cubs games, have dance parties, and cook Italian dinners at home.

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  1. when i first saw the title i laughed. as i read along i went through a lot of emotions, but overall felt good about the book. thanks for sharing
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. I love that Rosie was able to see humour in her situation with pretending her hair went on vacation. What a smart girl!

  2. Thank you for sharing our story and for the lovely review!


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