Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Written by Derrick D. Barnes and Illustrated by Gordon C. James

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices.

A fresh cut makes boys fly!

Age Range 3 - 8 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Agate Bolden
Grade Level Pre-K - 3rd
Lexile 700L