This evening we read a cautionary tale by Kate Bernheimer & Jake Parker: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair. “The Girl” of the title, who remains nameless throughout, washes her beautiful hair regularly but prefers to let her hair fall down in a tangled heap rather than brushing it – “It’s just my way”, she rationalizes. Her lack of grooming, however, attracts a growing colony of mice in her matted locks. Slowly, these mice take over her life, leaving her hungry (she must feed them her lunch at school), sleepless (they stay up all night chattering and telling knock-knock jokes), and stinky (they won’t let her bathe because they can’t swim). As you might expect, after enough indignities she learns her lesson, sends the mice packing, and cleans up her act.
I think we originally acquired this book because this girl’s predicament sounded oddly familiar to us…and probably does to some of you as well. Unfortunately, I must say that while the illustrations are cute, I don’t love this book, and the “lesson” within its pages failed to resonate around our house. Well…at least we don’t have the mice.