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This book is not uplifting for brown and black girls
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2021
I wanted to find more books that my daughters could relate to. However this book encourages misogynistic and racist ways of life for black and brown girls. For example, it promotes straightening afro and curly hair for, "special occasions". It's implying that our natural hair is not good enough or beautiful enough. I teach my girls to embrace their natural styles especially for special occasions.
Also, the main characters name is Ryan. Which is fine. However, her family named her Ryan, which means "king", so she would embrace being a good leader. Seriously? As if kings or men are the only ones who can be good leaders.
The list goes on.
I will be using this book to explain what NOT to do. This book is NOT pro-black.