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By Sylviane A. Diouf,Illustrated by Shane W. Evans
8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in; 40 pp; full color throughout, ages 4-8Guided Reading Level: L
September 2004 ISBN 9780811846295 ISBN10 0811846296
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Bintou wants braids. Long, pretty braids, woven with gold coins and seashells, just like her older sister and the other women in her family. But she is too young for braids. Instead, all she has are four little tufts of hair; all she ever gets are cornrows. However, when Bintou saves the lives of her two young cousins and is offered a reward of her choosing, Bintou discovers that true beauty comes in many different forms. Rich, earthy illustrations and a heartwarming story capture the spirit of a West African village in this wise tale about a girl who learns she's perfect just the way she is.
Sylvianne A. Diouf is the author of several books for children. Of Senegalese and French descent, she has lived in France, Senegal, Gabon and Italy. She currently lives in New York with her son.Shane W. Evans is a fine artist and illustrator who lives in Missouri. Besides showing his work in galleries internationally, he has illustrated four other children's books. This is his first book for Chronicle Books.
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