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Hairietta Hairison by Jo Zumbrunnen

HariettaHairietta Hairison is a beautiful girl with a beautiful head of hair.  The book, Introducing Hairietta Hairison The One, The Only Me, follows her, and her hairstyles, through her first couple of years.

Hairietta learns to hop, skip, jump, and so much more.  She is not bothered by her hair that reaches the floor.

Then one day, she starts to loose her hair (from Alopecia).  While most young girls would be devastated, she doesn’t let it stop her from being the beautiful girl she truly is.  Instead, she continued to pursue her hobbies and do the things that she thinks are fun.

Hairietta’s story is funny, cute, and endearing.  As I read it, I couldn’t help but see myself and my sister, Denyse, in it.  Denyse and I are both affected by Hay Wells Syndrome.  One of the most common characteristics of Hay Wells Syndrome is sparse, coarse, wiry hair.  As I have mentioned a few (or few hundred) times, I am a life long baldie.  My sister, however, had hair while we were growing up.  Although she had a bald spot on top of her head, she was always able to style her hair to cover that bald spot without it being obvious that she was covering a bald spot.  Then, one day, her hair started falling out.  She would wake up in the morning with a clump on her pillow.   This happened for a couple of weeks.

Then one day I came home from work (I was a Pizza Hut waitress) and Sis had shaved her entire head.

“Does it look okay?” she asked me.

I have to admit, I was a little surprised.  Not just that she had shaved it all off, but also that she had asked me, her sister who had always been bald, if it looked okay.  Of course it looked okay!  She was (and still is) beautiful.  Her hair had nothing to do with it.  I can’t help but wonder if Hairietta had a Mom like mine.  She must have, to be such a confident young woman.  My Mom taught us that beauty is from within, and your appearance has nothing to do with it.

This book is a great book for all kids, not just kids dealing with hair loss—whether from alopecia, chemotherapy, or a rare disorder like mine.  Teaching children to be confident no matter what they look like is a powerful lesson, indeed.  As is teaching children to be empathetic toward others who are different.

Put this one on your list, folks, you are going to want to read it to your kids again and again!  Hairietta Hairison is available from Jozy Books and on Amazon.

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. what a great and inspiring book!

  2. There are so many more books dealing with different issues than there were years ago.. I am so glad to see books coming out that shows kids in wheelchairs, kids with different needs. I think when it is in a book it gives us someone to relate to.

    Great review!

  3. What a great book! I bet it is very inspiring for children going through the same thing.

  4. very good story, thanks for sharing

  5. Amen to everything you said.

    I had a daughter who was bald on the back of her head. I remember her coming home one day in tears because a neighborhood boy had taunted her with “baldie, baldie spaghetti head”. And like I think I remember you writing about also…I believed education was key. After consoling my daughter and trying to help her understand what might make a child say that (not that it makes it okay), I went to that child’s house.

    I very matter of factly explained to him that while Olivia was indeed bald – it was because the doctors had to cut into her head and go into her brain and take some bad stuff called cancer out and then put her head back together and sew it back up…and darn! She may be bald, but that makes her one of the bravest girls I’ve ever met to do all that at the age of three, don’t you think? I explained that while her hair would never grow back…she was perfect just the way she was and with what she went through, I’m sure it’s not worthy of being taunted on top of it.

    That was the end of it. He looked at her very differently from that day on.

    Education is key.

    Oh….I told you once that I’d tell you a funny story. We were in line at the market and Olivia began rubbing her head and looking at the elderly ladies in front of us in line. I sensed something was coming. *This was pretty soon after radiation, when she was more bald than just the back of her head, so she’d been being called a boy a lot – which was the worst injustice to her. Most everything else she’d just take in stride. So, she stares the ladies down, rubs her head and at the age of three, said “I’m a girl! I *just had a brain tumor, though!” She was too funny. Just a brain tumor, she said….

    I love that girl 🙂

    And rock on to you, your sister,your mom and the book’s author for attempting to educate people!

  6. Nice! 🙂