The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School (©2009) is written by acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Ard Hoyt. Anderson is best known for her young adult novels Speak and Wintergirls, as well as the children’s historical novel Fever, 1793.
Zoe Fleefenbacher has one blue eye and one green eye, and vibrant, voluminous red hair with a mind of its own. Zoe’s parents and kindergarten teacher love her remarkable hair, but when Zoe enters first grade her new teacher has no patience for Zoe’s untamed tresses. “School has rules,” says Zoe’s new teacher, Ms. Trisk. “No wild hair in my class!”
Zoe tries – and fails – to contain her unruly hair with hats, ponytails, and braids. The more frustrated Ms. Trisk grows with Zoe’s hair, the more it rebels. When the hair finally behaves, Ms. Trisk thinks she’s won. Until she realizes that the hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher can be helpful, too!
Kids will love the wacky story and the bold, beautiful illustrations. Parents and teachers will love the themes of individuality, compromise and working together. The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School is a lively, hair-raising book that will delight children ages 4-8.