Melissa Parkington's Beautiful, Beautiful Hair
This book is excellent! I’d never heard of it before listening to the @readaloudrevivalpodcast and so happy to add it to our reading rotation.
Melissa Parkington has always been complimented on her “beautiful, beautiful hair.” Strangers and relatives fawn over it enthusiastically, and every night when tucking her in, her father croons, “Goodnight my Melissa with the beautiful, beautiful hair.” As Melissa grows, she tires of these comments. Does no one notice her for anything besides her hair? After all, it’s just something attached to her head, it isn’t a reflection of who she is inside!
Determined to change the narrative, Melissa seeks to find a hobby or skill that she can excel in or be noticed for in an effort to replace the constant commentary about her beautiful hair. She tries a few activities and strikes out. Then one day, a neighbor notices her kind, patient demeanor with her young kids and thanks Melissa for being so kind to them.
Melissa is delighted by this compliment and decides then and there that from now on, kindness is her thing. She focuses all her energy on spreading kindness to others, including donating her beautiful, beautiful hair to be made into a wig. Though her parents object, Melissa is insistent and follows through, feeling lighter and happier in the aftermath than she’s ever been.
The book closes with Melissa’s father tucking her in, and as he begins to say his familiar phrase, “Goodnight Melissa with the beautiful, beautiful (hair)—he stops himself and finishes by changing the saying to “goodnight Melissa with the beautiful, beautiful heart.” Highly recommend!!