Avantika shares a love hate relationship with her curly hair. It is unruly, it makes her stand out, and it makes her feel lonely in a family with straight and smooth hair. It kindles an intense longing to connect with her biological mother. How she comes to terms with her hair is the crux of the story.
Why is My Hair Curly? is set in India and follows a modern day family formed through adoption. Light yet profound, this story is very relatable to the young and the old. It is a story that can be read at different levels. My 9 year old giggled out loud at the humor and was captivated by how the illustrations so closely followed the story, and my 15 year old commented how there are several underlying themes that are worthy of deep dive. As for me, I hung onto every word in the story and fell in love with this warm and adorable family of four and its extended members.
If Lakshmi Iyer painted a story with her words, Niloufer Wadia brought those words to life through her illustrations. This is one book that you should judge by its cover. The story is funny, has twists and turns, and the author very subtly weaves in themes in an age appropriate manner. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you have turned the last page. You do not want to miss out on this book.