Why is My Hair Curly?


Author: Lakshmi Iyer
Illustrated by Niloufer Wadia

9789389648119 | PB | pp. 148 | 2020 | Red Panda

Why is My Hair Curly? wonders Avantika as she brushes her hair to no avail. This is a fascinating book on genetics, family dynamics and adoption identity.

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Avantika brushes and brushes, but there’s no keeping her curly hair down. How she wished her hair was straight and smooth like Amma’s and Appa’s and her brother Avnish’s. Their parents had adopted the two of them when she was three-and-a-half years old and Avnish a six-month-old baby. Avantika often wonders if their birth mother had curly hair.

There are so many questions in her head, the school year has started with hair-raising troubles and Amma is busy at work. Avantika finds a confidante in the mysterious paati she meets in the park.

Why Is My Hair Curly by Lakshmi Iyer is a delightful celebration of curly hair and the courage it takes to be yourself. Interspersed with exquisite black-and-white illustrations by Niloufer Wadia, this chapter book explores genetics, family dynamics and adoption identity through a light-hearted and sunny tale.

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Lakshmi Iyer
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About the Author

The author is a banking professiona in her day job, she slaves over her writing at night time when her children are asleep. She has an MBA from LeBow College of Business, a Certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University and completion of the summer intensive Yale Writers Workshop. Lakshmi is the author of a blog on parenting and adoption and of the children’s book, Why Is My Hair Curly?. Her family is the subject of the upcoming documentary, “Our Daughters.” Lakshmi and her husband are parents by adoption and biology.


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