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by Eun-hee Choung

illustrated by Eun-hee Choung


School Library Journal:

PreS-Gr 2—After peering at her mother through a hairdresser’s window, a Korean girl is inspired to open an imaginary salon of her own. While the woman is being primped and pampered at “Jang Hair,” Minji’s first customer is the unsuspecting family dog. She tries out different styles on her reluctant client, including a purple pom-pom headband, before deciding on a color treatment. She carefully prepares an ice-cream mixture and slathers it on the pooch, advising, “‘You have to be patient; beauty takes time.'” Crayons improvise as hair rollers and watercolors add “a little more color.” The minimal text relays Minji’s professional patter: “We’re almost done….Just the finishing touches….What do you think?” Eun-hee’s clever side-by-side illustrations show the parallel beauty routines in both salons. When Minji’s mother returns home, she responds to the paint-splattered mess with good humor. A stylish look at make-believe play.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada –Linda Ludke (Reviewed August 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 8, p88)


  • USBBY Outstanding International Books – Grades K-2: 2009


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Art, Family, Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten