Reviewed by Nimarta Narang
Growing up, every Sunday morning started the same way for me. My siblings and I would get dressed for the Gurdwara and wander over to our parents’ room, where we would sit and wait for them to finish getting ready. My mom, in her salwar kameez, would be putting on the finishing touches of makeup and accessories. And my father, in the next room, would be drying his dhari and combing his hair before wearing his paghri. Sometimes, I would stand next to him as I combed my own hair. Side by side, father and daughter would engage in an activity that I didn’t really know how to share with my school classmates lest I get bullied or made fun of. It never seemed like a consequential or momentous moment. But it became a morning ritual that I kept deep within the pockets of my memories.
I never really thought of sharing this ritual or memory with anyone, at least that was the case until I read Hair Twins, a children’s book written by Raakhee Mirchandani and illustrated by Holly Hatam. The book details the story of a Sikh father and his daughter who share a special bond — much like the bond between my own father and me — and proudly celebrate not just their long hair but their love for one another. Continue reading.
Hair Twins by Raakhee Mirchandani
Reading Level: Early Childhood, Grade K
Publisher's Synopsis: A Sikh father and daughter with a special hair bond proudly celebrate and share a family tradition in this charming story perfect for fans of Hair Love and I Love My Hair!
Every morning Papa combs through his daughter's waves like he does his own--parting it down the middle, using coconut oil to get all the tangles out.
Some days he braids her hair in two twists down the side of her face. Other days he weaves it into one long braid hanging down her back, just like a unicorn tail. But her favorite style is when he combs her hair in a tight bun on the top of her head, just like the joora he wears every day under his turban. They call this their hair twin look!