Big Wig: A Little History of Hair, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Paul Malone
What a cool concept! A whole book about hair and the hairstyles that were popular in various places and at different times in history. Organized chronologically beginning with pre-history, we learn about the connection between history and personal style in bite-sized chunks of information. An illustration accompanies each fact providing a necessary visual for some of the more bizarre styles.
|Invention of the hairdryer: vacuum in reverse!|
The amount of information is just right: short enough for a read-aloud with grades 3+, but detailed enough to be informative. It's a great way to pique students' curiosity to learn more about a particular era or examine current trends on the red carpet and find their inspiration.
Some videos to supplement:
Shirley Temple and her "banana" pin curls
The Supremes and their "beehives"
The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show
Dorothy Hamill's 1974 Free Skate