The first time

Did you throw a party when your child had their first haircut? I didn’t think so. Neither did I. It seems Nigerians do, and it strikes me as a most civilised way of making something out of an ordinary occurence. (Perhaps I wouldn’t have felt so guilty at snipping off Son’s beautiful, almost blond but far too long curls, if I’d had a party to prepare.)

Ifeoma Onyefulu has written two picture books (illustrated with photographs) about that special first haircut, and about going to the doctor for the first time.

Vicky Goes to the Doctor shows poor Vicky feeling off-colour. She won’t eat her dinner or play with her friends, so her mother takes her to see the doctor. It’s very low-key, but it does show a nervous child what it could be like, which is often what you need.

Ifeoma Onyefulu, Ife's first haircut

In Ife’s First Haircut Ife’s sister complains that his hair is too long. Her father explains that Ife will indeed have his hair cut, but first they need to shop and cook for the party that accompanies the occasion.

Two sweet, everyday kind of books, which seem all the more exotic – to me – for being set in  Nigeria.

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