Hi! My name is Nicki Mann, and I am the author of a book called The Princess's New Hair. Newly published by Strebeker's Books, this is a modern fairy tale about a little girl's quest to find the perfect hair. You see, Princess Annalisa has a lovely, round, perfect, bald head. When a little friend starts to question why Annalisa has no hair, the princess decides that she might be a little more perfect if only she had some. Everyone in the kingdom is eager to help out by sharing their own hair with the Princess. But which hair will be the very best hair for her? You'll have to read the book to find out!
I originally wrote this story for a little girl I knew of who had neurofibromatosis, and was going to undergo chemotherapy to shrink tumors in her eyes. Before her condition was discovered, the little girl had loved being in children's beauty pageants, and loved dressing up and accessorizing. She was worried that, when the chemotherapy caused her to lose her hair, people wouldn't love her as much. I wanted Princess Annalisa to help teach her that she was awesome the way she was, with or without hair.
If you read The Princess's New Hair, I'd love to hear what you think! My website also includes a teacher's guide for use in a lesson about accepting and appreciating differences in ourselves and others.
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