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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Dads are wonderful. They love their little girls and they enjoy spending time with them. But, one thing dads are not very good at doing is a little girl’s hair. Especially if it’s long and thick. As a little girl, I don’t think I could ever have imagined my dad doing my hair. At least, not right. So, here’s the problem. Shani’s mom, who’s super gentle and super patient when doing Shani’s hair, has to work both Saturday and Sunday. That leaves Dad in charge of everything – including doing Shani’s hair. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. And will he be as gentle and patient as Shani’s mother? Shani’s not too confident, especially when the first attempt ends in disaster and it only gets worse with each attempt to fix it up.
Shani T. Night’s picture book story, Shani and Her Dad, is a sensitive, compassionate, and sometimes funny story about a young girl and her dad. Told in simple language with a minimum number of words per page, most of the story is carried along by the illustrations (bold and colorful), making this a great book for a young person, especially one starting to learn to read. It’s a great family story, focusing on the bonding between mother and daughter and the completely different (but just as important) bonding between father and daughter. The family works together as a unit, making home life as important and as functional as life outside the home. The ordeal in this story is fixing Shani’s hair. The reward? A visit to Dad’s cousin’s candy store – always a special treat. Children will certainly relate to that. A beautiful and fun story about a father and daughter’s relationship and that insurmountable problem of the hair.