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The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

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Mom and Dad Fleefenbacher think their daughter Zoe's hair is wild and beautiful. And for her kindergarten teacher, Zoe's vivacious tresses were a comfort. But Zoe's about to start first grade, and her new teacher doesn't fool around....

"School has rules," she says. "No wild hair in my class!"

So what are Zoe and her free-spirited hair going to do now?

With exuberance and humor to spare, Laurie Halse Anderson and Ard Hoyt, the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, tease up a terrific tale of hairy hijinks, classroom chaos, and the importance of teachers and students learning to work together.

Review:

"Rapunzel has nothing on young Zoe, whose flowing red tresses are not only her crowning glory but can also 'turn on the TV, pour a glass of juice, pet the cat, and play on the computer — all at the same time.' But while Zoe's kindergarten teacher embraced the fact that the hair had a life all its own ('at nap time, the hair was a comfort'), first grade brings the stern Ms. Trisk, who is decidedly unamused. Anderson (Independent Dames) and Hoyt (Utterly Otterly Day) are comically sympathetic to the ways in which an unfortunate class placement can turn a school-age child's world upside down. But not to worry — by story's end, everyone's having a good hair day. Ages 6 — 10. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

An acclaimed "New York Times"-bestselling author teams with a vibrant illustrator for a hair-raising story about a little redheaded girl whose unruly hair can help with an uncooperative science lesson. Full color.

Synopsis:

Zoe Fleefenbacher has one blue eye and one green eye and bright red hair that goes on . . . forever. Her hair has always been unruly, but now she is in first grade and according to her teacher, Ms. Trisk, and#8220;first grade has rules.and#8221; It takes countless barrettes and scrunchies to finally hold Zoeand#8217;s hair. But when it can help with an uncooperative science lesson, will Ms. Trisk let Zoeand#8217;s hair free? Acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and vibrant illustrator Ard Hoyt style a hair-raising story that is sure to be a and#8216;do!

About the Author

Ard Hoyt has illustrated a number of books, including Utterly Otterly Day, One-Dog Canoe, Saying Goodbye to Lulu, When the Cows Got Loose, and the New York Times bestsellers I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow and The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson. Ard lives in Bentonville, Arkansas with his wife and five daughters.

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Gypsi, June 5, 2010 (view all comments by Gypsi)
In The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School , we meet Zoe and her lovely, wild, untamed red locks. Her hair is so voluminous that, as a baby, she needed two strollers; one for herself and one for her hair.

Not only is her hair plentiful and beautiful, it is also talented. Her hair can turn on the tv, pet the cat, pour juice AND play on the computer--all at the same time. . . while Zoe sleeps!

When Zoe started school, her Kindergarten teacher loved Zoe and her tresses, giving chores to the hair while the students napped. Unfortunately, one Zoe's first day of First Grade, her new teacher lets her differing views be known immediately. "School has rules," says Ms. Trisk, "no wild hair in my class." Naturally, this stirs up the rebel in Zoe's hair, and to Zoe's embarrassment, her hair does all sorts of naughty things to annoy Ms. Trisk.

Will Zoe, her hair and Ms. Trisk find a happy medium?

I'll go ahead and tell you: Yes! This book is about compromise and individuality, how both parties can give and take with a satisfying outcome. Though Ms. Trisk is in the wrong, there is never a question about Zoe, or her parents, following Ms. Trisk's instructions. I liked this, in that it isn't showing a rebellion against a teacher, rather a willingness to compromise.

The illustrations are lovely. Zoe's amazing hair is not a vivid, overpowering red, but rather a true to form orangey red that one sees on people daily. His illustrations are also light and engaging, adding more depth to the story.

I think this is a delightful book and could certainly give across a message of cooperation, especially if discussed afterward. For younger children, who might not understand such a message, the amusing story and lively illustrations will make a pleasure to read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689858093
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Illustrator:
Hoyt, Ard
Author:
Hoyt, Ard
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c; jkt spfx: embossing, spot uv
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.5 x 9.5 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9780689858093 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rapunzel has nothing on young Zoe, whose flowing red tresses are not only her crowning glory but can also 'turn on the TV, pour a glass of juice, pet the cat, and play on the computer — all at the same time.' But while Zoe's kindergarten teacher embraced the fact that the hair had a life all its own ('at nap time, the hair was a comfort'), first grade brings the stern Ms. Trisk, who is decidedly unamused. Anderson (Independent Dames) and Hoyt (Utterly Otterly Day) are comically sympathetic to the ways in which an unfortunate class placement can turn a school-age child's world upside down. But not to worry — by story's end, everyone's having a good hair day. Ages 6 — 10. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , An acclaimed "New York Times"-bestselling author teams with a vibrant illustrator for a hair-raising story about a little redheaded girl whose unruly hair can help with an uncooperative science lesson. Full color.
"Synopsis" by , Zoe Fleefenbacher has one blue eye and one green eye and bright red hair that goes on . . . forever. Her hair has always been unruly, but now she is in first grade and according to her teacher, Ms. Trisk, and#8220;first grade has rules.and#8221; It takes countless barrettes and scrunchies to finally hold Zoeand#8217;s hair. But when it can help with an uncooperative science lesson, will Ms. Trisk let Zoeand#8217;s hair free? Acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and vibrant illustrator Ard Hoyt style a hair-raising story that is sure to be a and#8216;do!
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