A sweet depiction of familial love in picture book form, Prince and His Mother’s Crown reflects the author’s inspiration of her son’s fascination with her hair. And what hair it is, sometimes as long as Rapunzel’s (perfect for her son to climb) or wild as a forest or a home to a dragon for her son to fight, though my personal favorite is when the prince has styled the Queen’s hair for her.
Each page of text begins with the Prince making a statement about his mother’s hair and then revealing more about her or their relationship. Reading it aloud to a book loving almost-four-year-old, there were a few questions about pictures but less about the text. Without a linear storyline but the occasional word that needed explaining, she was mainly focused on the pictures and enjoyed the book enough to carry it around the house. When asked for favorite parts, she chose an illustration, while I would choose the messages that this book contains and the author’s personal inspiration behind it. This is definitely cover-buy worthy (I mean, just look at it!) and a great supplement to a picture book library.
With text that often contains rhymes and illustrations that depict a loving and happy family consisting of a mother, father, and their son, the focus is primarily on the Queen, her amazing hair, and the strong and loving relationship she has with her son. This is an adorable book (again, just look at that cover!) for reading aloud and talking about with young children.
Prince and His Mother’s Crown: Tales Within My Mother’s Hair by Shellice Beharie, Illustrated by Richa Kinra | Outskirts Press, April 2020 | 24 pages, paperback, hardback, or ebook
This review refers to a paperback review copy I voluntarily read courtesy of Smith Publishing. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
Prince and His Mother’s Crown: Tales within My Mother’s Hair is a whimsical fairy tale about a little boy named Prince who is fascinated with his mother’s magical crown of hair. Shellice Beharie has crafted a story that portrays the special bond between a graceful mother and a loving son. In the process, Prince and His Mother’s Crown offers a unique perspective – that of a little boy’s interest in hair – and a unique but universal message: that women have great influence over their sons’ lives.