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Black Girl Be You: Straighten Your Crown


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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent- Eleanor Roosevelt. Black Girl Be You Straighten Your Crown by Latoshia Martin.

Black Girl Be You: Straighten Your Crown by Latoshia Martin is a delightful children's book that features a little girl named Nyia. Nyia is a normal, active little girl. She goes places with her mom. They go to the beauty parlor and they go shopping. Nyia is from a loving family so imagine her surprise when the mean girls come. Got to love those haters. However, Nyia has been taught to use her brain and she doesn't let what they say stop her. She thinks through the things that they have said without just blindly accepting it at face value. She also has a wonderful mom that helps her to see that different doesn't mean bad or less (beautiful).

I fell in love with this book the moment that I saw it. I love the pictures, illustrations, as well as the hair styles of Nyia and her mom, and the colors that Nyia chooses to wear. I especially love the picture at the end where the author expreses the symbolism of the mother handing the proverbial "crown" down to the next generation.

Any time people are different from the main stream they are belittled and made fun of. Bullies abound in all colors, shapes, sizes, and ages.

I wish I had a book like this when I was growing up. To help me appreciate that I'm beautiful just the way I am and my differences are what make me special. From the top of my curly hair to the tip of my brown toes.

I give Black Girl Be You: Straighten Your Crown by Latoshia Martin 5 out of 5 stars. For showing in a non-combative way how to stand up for oneself and how to love oneself.

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," to quote Juliet from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Or in other words, it doesn't matter what people call you, it doesn't change what and who you are on the inside.

This book was written to help young children to learn to love the features that make them different. As an adult I'm still in the process of learning this message too.

The author Latoshia Martin is a wife, mother, educator, and now a new author. She has also written What Do I Do With This and Black Boy Be You. I eagerly await the next book in the series The Power of Protest.

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This book was written to help young children to learn to love the features that make them different.

Nyia is spending the day running errands with her mother. While out enjoying her day, Nyia encounters different girls that express their dislike about her physical features. With the support and encouragement of her mother, Nyia learns that she is beautiful just the way she is.

About the author

I am Latoshia Martin. A wife, mother, educator, and now new author. I am a mother of two young men. I have been teaching for fifteen years. Writing a children's book has always been a dream of mine. The encouragement and support of my family gave me the courage needed to publish my first book. view profile

Published on July 31, 2021

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