The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

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.

Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to SchoolZoe 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!”

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to SchoolZoe 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!

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School IllustrationKids 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.

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  1. Love this kind of illustration!

  2. Rebecca Douglass says:

    I love it! My own long red hair is pretty tame, but it still brought some pain in grade school. It’s nice to see the red ponytail getting a fair shot 😀

  3. Oh, I have a friend with two red-headed girls. She would love it. The illustrations look amazing.

  4. HOW DO YOU DO IT!!!, where do you find these fabulous books Katie. This looks awesome, I have to have it…..Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  5. Cool illustrations.

  6. Katie, this looks like a fabulous book for my little one! She is going to love ALL that hair 🙂
    -Resh @ StackingBooks

  7. Wow! Those illustrations are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with the KLBH.

  8. Haha! The illustrations look so fun 🙂 This book reminds me of a Justin Roberts song, “Henrietta’s Hair”. Definitely google it. You’ll love dancing to all of his tunes! Thanks for yet again hosting the KLBH, Katie!

  9. This looks fun! I love the illustrations!!

  10. This is a fabulous book! Kids will love it especially with the great illustrations. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Cheryl, Hop Hostess

  11. What a fun and fabulous book!! Thank you for sharing on Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  12. What a hoot!! Those illustrations are amazing and I love the quirkiness of the story. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop! 🙂

  13. Stopped by from the Kit Lit Hop and saw this post. This book looks fabulous! I love the illustrations and the story sounds cute. Can’t wait to check it out! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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