Big Bouffant is a cute, first, picture book by Kate Hosford (check out her website for a great trailer of the book and a video showing how to make a bouffant using a water bottle). A little girl decides that the normal ponytails and braids just won’t do for her hair. “I don’t want to look like all the other girls!” she says. Inspired by her grandmother’s picture, she decides that she will have a bouffant instead. At first the other kids laugh, but then they decide they want bouffants, too. After she helps them make their own bouffants, she decides they are boring and she wants something new. What does she come up with?
I really like the message of this book, especially for my daughter. After reading it, we discussed how the little girl “marched to the beat of her own drum.” I really enjoyed how the little girl made decisions based on her own desires and did not allow the crowd to sway her in a different direction. This is an important message for kids to learn, but is more important, I think for girls. Girls tend to worry about their looks and this book allows little girls to recognize that individuality is more important than what the crowd thinks.
My daughter is almost 5 and really enjoyed this story. The rhyme of the text and the plucky character kept her engaged. I would recommend this book for your children ages 4-8.
Disclosure: We received a copy of this book from the publisher.
If you are looking for a book with a similar message (i.e. individuality in young girls), consider My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry .
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