The Beauty of Annie Malone
Forgotten today, Annie Turnbo Malone was an influential Black business leader in the early 20th century.
She turned her personally developed hair care products into a successful industry, including schools that taught the Poro method in her Poro Colleges. One of her students was the much more famous Madame C.J. Walker. She not only encouraged Black women to feel good about their hair, she showed them how to be entrepreneurs.
Annie Turnbo Malone is an inspiring model and an important part of women’s history and Black history who deserves to be better known.
Wonderful Hair is a Eureka Silver Medal winner.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Eureka! Children's Book Award
School Library Journal
“Gorgeous paintings of industry and determination, set to a story of a practical young woman who wanted people to feel good about themselves and was a pioneer of natural Black hair care products, this is a good choice for the elementary biography section.”—starred, School Library Journal
“Marshall’s illustrations, a mosaic of rich colors, skillfully complement the text and convey the feel of the period while capturing Annie’s passion and the dignity of the women depicted. A rousing blueprint for economic self-determination and success.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Eve Nadel Catarevas
Eve Nadel Catarevas enjoys discovering little-known historical figures and sharing their achievements with others. Eve lives in Westport, Connecticut, with two- and four-legged family members.
Illustrator: Felicia Marshall
Felicia Marshall draws on her childhood experiences in rural Texas for her illustrations. Her most recent book, Beautiful Shades of Brown, was an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Eureka Honor Book, and won the Northern Lights Book Award.
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