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Grant’s Huge Choice

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I applaud the author for writing a story that will resonate with the black and brown community.

Class picture day is here! It's an exciting day for a lot of students. They spend a great deal of time selecting the perfect outfit and styling their hair. 


Summary: Grant can't contain his excitement to take pictures with all his classmates, but there's one problem. His locs! Grant loves his locs. And after Ms. Jones tells him he won't be able to join the class pictures unless he changes his hairstyle, Grant has to make the toughest decision of his life. The thought of missing his class pictures makes Grant sad, and the thought of cutting his hair doesn't help much either."


In 2019, it made national news a high schooler was forced to cut his dreadlocks during a wrestler competition. I can't fathom the emotions coursing through his body that day. I know I was outraged. The actions of the adults that day were inappropriate, hurtful, and humiliating. I think that incident and many others like it have inspired Grant's Huge Choice by Aaron J. Parker. I applaud the author for writing a story that will resonate with the black and brown community.


The image of Grant standing in front of the bathroom mirror, eyes wide and full of sadness, nearly broke my heart. Excellent work, Derreck Washington, on this and all the other powerful drawings! 


The father and son heart-to-heart discussion was beautifully written. Grant's father's response to his son's painful predicament was perfect. "Grant, there is nothing wrong with your hair. Sometimes people try to change what they don't understand." He continues to say, "...no one else's opinion matters but yours." The father is correct. The school had no right to demand a child change his hair. 


I felt my eyes water when the father started crying during their chat. If I were in the same situation, I would've cried about my child's choice. 


In the end, Grant made the right choice. Be true to who you are! 


Review submitted to Reedsy on 8/12/22.

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Synopsis

Grant has a choice to make, and so do you!
A big event is coming up for Grant. It's his class picture day! Grant can't contain his excitement to take pictures with all his classmates, but there's one problem. His locs! Grant loves his locs. And after Ms. Jones tells him he won't be able to join the class pictures unless he changes his hairstyle, Grant has to make the toughest decision of his life. The thought of missing his class pictures makes Grant sad, and the thought of cutting his hair doesn't help much either. But after a powerful conversation with Daddy about choices, Grant gains the confidence he always needed to stand up for himself and do what is best for him. Join Grant as he learns a valuable lesson about choices and doing what makes YOU happy!

About the author

I am a Father to 4 beautiful children, married to the most amazing woman ever. Being a community leader and mentor is of the highest priority to me. view profile

Published on August 26, 2022

0-1000 words

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Genre: Children's

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