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Crown: An Ode To the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Derrick Barnes' smooth, fresh words and Gordon C. James' lush, vibrant illustrations capture the confidence, pride and magic black and brown boys feel the moment they get a new haircut and admire their own beautiful reflections in the mirror.

This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair- a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms the brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world.  The fresh cuts,  That's where it all begins.

Written by Derrick Barnes
Illustrated by Gordon C. James

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