By Alonda Williams
5 Star reviews on Amazon
***** 5 out of 5 stars. My 2 yr old loves this book. She had me read it multiple times in one session,and we take it with us when we travel. I also gave a copy to her BFF. My daughter woke up one Saturday morning and said mommy let’s read Penny and the Magic Puffballs! I didn’t even get a good morning!
***** 5 out of 5 stars. This book goes beyond the difference in hair texture. Since this is now my daughter’s favorite book to read she asked that I read it to her Pre-K class during Dr. Suess week 🙂 Every kid in the class of all races; boys and girls, wanted MAGIC puffballs because they were excited to imagine what may happen to them if they had Penny’s magic. Not to mention the underlying moral of the story could be applied to any challenges where you are trying to get a child to understand that different is not bad and we all have special things about us that may be different from others. I would love for this to be turned into a series!
***** 5 out of 5 stars. A wonderful book! Our daughter goes to a mostly Caucasian school and has been wanting us to chemically relax her hair. That’s not happening. After reading this book, she was just fine with her uniqueness.
***** 5 out of 5 stars. This book takes me back to my childhood. I too felt my hair was different and unacceptable with children I went to school with. My hair didn’t swing freely and it wasn’t straight like some of my classmates. I didn’t feel pretty and I didn’t think anyone would like me.
Penny brings back a lot of memories of yesterday and what I see today in African American women’s hair styles of hair extensions, weaves, wigs and perms. Natural is good and pretty too. I wish this book could be taught in pre-schools and kindergarten classes that people and cultures are different and we should embrace our heritage and be proud of being who we are. Comfortable in our own skin. Thank you to the author Alonda Williams for giving us her experience with her daughter and I hope there will be many more Penny adventures to come in the near future.
***** 5 out of 5 stars. A real hit with my granddaughter who was in awe that there might be magic in her own hair.
***** 5 out of 5 stars. Love, love, love this book! Love this book. Beautifully written and illustrated. I bought several more copies for gifts for little girls of every race who need to hear this message.
***** 5 out of 5 stars This book is AWESOME!!!! I have personally experienced some of the things that Penny does in the book and I am so thankful for the positive perspective given to our little girls. Hair is a huge deal for little girls and differences are not always celebrated. I can’t wait to give my daughter this tool of empowerment to make her feel proud and confident while embracing her differences and loving God’s art work! Thank You!
***** 5 out of 5 stars Great book and girls confidence builder!, “Penny and the Magic Puffballs is an amazing book written in simple language suitable for kids of all ages. In a world where confidence and a positive self-image are synonymous with success, the author of this book helps young people to see how being comfortable with yourself can lead to success in many areas. When Penny felt good about her hair, that confident feeling translated to success in many areas. The themes of confidence, self-esteem and differences are important concepts. Penny and the Magic Puffballs depicts these concepts in a seamless and meaningful way. This book would be a great addition to classroom libraries and school counselors’ offices. Great book!
***** 5 out of 5 stars . This book is awesome!! It speaks volumes for the author, and her creativity in being able to express to her kids (and ours through the book) that they are beautiful just the way they are! I have reached out to many of my contacts to share the beauty of this book. Kudos!! Love it!!!!! Keep writing….. I can’t wait for the next one!
Yes! Great book & we wish the author more time to write & much success. Great to see a girl of color as the star of a book. This was 1 of our daughter’s bday gifts & she LOVES it & the message of beauty it sends. She’s thanked us for it & is not ashamed of the magic puffballs she wears.
***** 5 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! My daughter has some issues with the girls in her class. She is just at that age where everyone is noticing differences. This is the perfect book to reflect on how our differences are what make us beautiful. This book is well written and beautifully illustrated.
***** 5 out of 5 stars My daughter LOVES this. She even wanted me to make puffballs on her head, and usually she hates having her hair in a natural style. Lovely artwork as well.
***** 5 out of 5 stars. Alonda and her illustrator do a wonderful job explaining a situation that’s very common for Black little girls: hair confidence. I love how Penny’s mother gives her “magical” puffs that empower and excite Penny. I also love how positive the book is. And thank GOD the author made a Black girl a main character. I have two African-American girls, and I’m so tired of Black girls being side-kicks in books, movies, and t.v. shows (as well as being stereotyped as sassy, street-smart (but not book-smart), and superficial). Penny is smart, kind, and confident. I highly recommend this book!
***** 5 out of 5 stars Great message for all girls. Love the story and the positive message! It’s ok to be different. Will continue to share the positive with other young lady
***** 5 out of 5 stars Empowering and Impressive. I bought a copy for both my two-year old daughter, who makes me read it at least once a day and also for my 8-year-old niece who has become a technology junkie. When I gave her the book, she sat down and read it cover to cover. She didn’t even want to put it down to eat dinner. I love the message and colorful illustrations. It’s an awesome book and a must buy if you have a little girl of color!
“Penny and the magic puffballs is the “I love my hair” for a new generation. Our young kids need a positive message that reinforces their self worth and natural beauty.” Nina Fox http://www.ninafoxx.com
“An empowering tonic for our young girls” Salim Muwakkil, Editor, In These Time