Published by: Kane/Miller Book Pub (March 1, 2008)
Age: 3 – 6 years
Theme: girls, patience, imagination, multicultural
Opening Lines: Good morning, madam. What would you like today?
Synopsis: When Minji’s mother heads to the salon and has her hair shampooed, coloured, and curled, Minji a young Korean girl decides to open her own imaginary hair salon and uses the pet dog as her customer. After trying on a coloured head band she then slathers a colourful ice cream mixture on the unsuspecting pooch. Using crayons as rollers and water colours she imitates the routine her mother is subject to at her salon. With delightful illustrations and minimal text on the right hand side of the page, shows Minji at work with her dog all the while mimicking the hairdresser working on her mother shown on the left hand pages. Eun-hee’s clever side by side illustrations give way to sparse professional comments such as “Be patient – beauty takes time,” “a little colour.” Minij’s mother returns home to a surprise.
Why I like this: Eun-hee is a master of sparse text if ever I saw one. Mostly one line of text per two page spread of three to six words, illustrations are on white background and cute expressions of all characters. I loved also the way the illustrations tell so much of what is not in the text. On one page the text reads The colour must be mixed carefully. (No tasting allowed.) The illustration shows Minji licking her lips while stirring ice cream out of a tub with Ice block containers and cones lying on the bench. Across on the left the hairdresser is pouring a tube of colour into a container. Minij’s mother arrives home to more of a shock, rather than a surprise, but she seems not to worry about the mess and books an imaginary appointment with her daughter. I loved this! How cool that her mother should go along with the imagination. What little girl would not relish the wonder of what goes on in a hair salon and play at make-believe they work in one. In one of the back pages Minji is seen wearing her mother’s red shoes… so cute!
Eun-hee Choung graduated from the department of Eastern Paintings at the College of Art, Chungang University, and studied at the Hankuk Illustration School. In 2005 awarded the grand prize in Korean Published Arts Contest. Living in South Korea, her goal is to make “unique picture books” and is currently working on many.
Resources/Findings: Korean gifts/crafts… http://www.littleseouls.com/category_1/korean-traditional-gifts.htm
An e-book download… http://en.netlog.com/violetasamons/blog/blogid=19677428
While there is no resources for this book I couldn’t help but think of allowing a group of children to imagine they were working or own their own business be it hair dressing salon or something else and making a list of what they need. Play acting out a hair salon or barber-shop or some other shop.
Younger children would love looking up where South Korea is and learning the culture of this fascinating place. http://www.timeforkids.com/destination/south-korea
Traditional games and sports …. http://www.korea4expats.com/article-games-and-traditional-sports.html
Pop over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.