The Jiu-Jitsu Ponytail
This book is so good (and the stickers and goodies adorable!)
I sincerely feel like this book is going to be a best seller, because it is that good!
The book tells the story of a little girl, Noor, who is trying to compete in a jiu-jitsu competition, but her hair keeps messing her up and falling into her face. I love that the pony-tail is personified and given a mind of its own, something everyone can relate to. I have struggled many times with my children’s hair and they related to Noor’s struggle and found it hilarious!
I love how it is a book about a little girl and her father, showing how her father is supportive of her and empowering her to be strong! He even ties her hair ( a feat I am sure many fathers struggle with!) and helps her secure the hair so that she can continue in the competition. The Dad does not force Noor to do anything, but gives her options and lets her choose, which is such a beautiful lesson of parenthood!
I like how the book shows Noor’s grit and determination. It inspires little children to follow their dreams and work hard towards their goals.
Noor seems to be a Muslim, and leans on her faith to give her extra determination, but the book is not preachy at all about her religion and doesn’t mention it outright, and so it can easily be read and understood by any child of all backgrounds. I also enjoyed how the book includes Japanese characters and words, which helps with the theme of the jiu-jitsu fight and increases the layers of diversity in the book.
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