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Book Review: Stella’s Stellar Hair Picture Book

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This review is sponsored by Macmillan Publishing but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Raise your hand if you struggled with your hair growing up! Macmillan publishing generously sent me this book to review and listen all, I could have used this book when I was a kid!

ABOUT Stella’s Stellar Hair

Black girl magic takes the solar system in Stella’s Stellar Hair, a celebration of hair, family, and self-love from debut author-illustrator Yesenia Moises! It’s the day of the Big Star Little Gala, and Stella’s hair just isn’t acting right! What’s a girl to do? Simple! Just hop on her hoverboard, visit each of her fabulous aunties across the solar system, and find the perfect hairdo along the way.

Stella’s Stellar Hair celebrates the joy of self-empowerment, shows off our solar system, and beautifully illustrates a variety of hairstyles from the African diaspora. Illustrating a variety of hairstyles and types of hair from Black culture, this empowering story follows young Stella as she embarks on an interplanetary journey to get help with her hair from her fabulous aunties across the solar system. Backmatter provides more information about each style and each planet.

Stella’s Stellar Hair Review

I’m a Afro-Latina and growing up, I had a love hate relationships with my hair. It wasn’t until years later that I started to appreciate my texture. I think it’s so ingrained in our culture that you should conform to survive that Black hair manifests as this stressful thing you have to control. The beauty of Black hair is that we can SO many different styles and designs with it! Stella’s Stellar Hair captures these feelings beautifully. Stella travels throughout the universe trying on different hair styles from her Aunties because she is heading to the Big Star Little Gala. As Stella observes her different hair styles, she thinks they are all beautiful but they just don’t feel quite right. It’s not until Stella spends time with Auntie Solana that she is reminded that there is not such thing as hair not acting right. Auntie Solana encourages Stella to just be herself and with a little patience Stella creates her own hairstyle that she loves!

Not only is Stella’s Stellar Hair an ode to the beauty of Black hair, it’s such a beautifully illustrated book. Ms. Moises’ use of color is striking with its emphasis on purples and golds. Stella’s Stellar Hair captures perfectly the idea of Black Girl Magic and reminds readers that even though sometimes our hair might want to be extra playful, the most important thing is loving yourself and that includes your hair!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yesenia Moises is an Afro-Latina illustrator and designer with a specialty in product design. Her work proudly portrays people of diverse backgrounds playing leading roles in fantasy adventures that are brimming with color. Yesenia is the illustrator of Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your ColorStella’s Stellar Hair is her first picture book as both author and illustrator.

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