Hair Oil Magic

by Anu Chouhan (Author)

Hair Oil Magic
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A beautiful picture book about the joyful magic in the tradition of hair oiling and a celebration of the bond between parent and child.

Meenu loves Magic Hair Days, when Mommy mixes sweet-smelling oils together and massages the potion into Meenu's scalp and hair. It always leaves Meenu with a fuzzy, magical feeling. And after bath time, when Mom washes the oils out, Meenu's hair is soft and shining. When Meenu decides one day to mix the oils without any help, she discovers something's wrong: No matter how many oils she mixes, the magic just isn't there! What is she missing? But when Mommy comes to help, massaging Meenu's head, the fuzzy, magical feeling returns! Was it really in the oils, or something else?

Inspired by Anu Chouhan's own memories and family, this author-illustrator debut is a lovely depiction of a cultural tradition and a delightful story that emphasizes that magical bond between parents and children.

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Kirkus Reviews

A tender celebration of the simple traditions that bind families.

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This is a sweet, deeply relatable story centered on a common South Asian ritual. A tender celebration of the simple traditions that bind families. —Kirkus Reviews
Anu Chouhan

Anu Chouhan is a Canadian illustrator and art director. A trained animator with a background in video game development, Anu often combines her love of her Punjabi cultural heritage into her art, as well as drawing inspiration from anime, nature, and fashion. She is the illustrator of A Dupatta Is. . . and the graphic novel adaptation of the New York Times bestselling book Aru Shah and the End of Time.
IG: @anumation
Twitter: @anumationart

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Guided Reading Level
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date
February 20, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Mothers and daughters
East Indians
Oils and fats

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