Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Whimsical Book Details How Curly Hair Creates a Perilous Problem

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Multi-award-winning book helps children of all ages embrace being different;a portion of the proceeds go to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation,which supports individuals dealing with the autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss

"This charming, engaging story offers a funny look at what happens when a child’s imagination unfurls."
- Kirkus Reviews


“Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!” received the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Award in two categories, Gold in Poetry and Silver in Cover Design. The book also received the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Children's Picture Book.
 
In response to the clamor, Rose-Vallee has now created a line of hair accessories, apparel, and a handmade Sabrina doll available at rosevalleecreations.com. She comments, “Our Facebook page is starting to have children send in their photos holding their dolls, reading their books, wearing their sweatshirts – all with CRAZY HAIR! It truly is a movement.”

Meanwhile, a portion of all profits from the sale of the book goes to support the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). Rose-Vallee explains that while the fictional Sabrina is blessed to have the problem of dinosaurs living in her curly thick hair, over sixty million people in the United States experience some form of hair loss, many of them children. Children suffering from this condition face tremendous challenges, and the NAAF offers support and tools to help them overcome emotional pain and build self-confidence; it also provides classroom education essential to advocating for them.

“Izzy LOOOOOOVES her book; it's one of her favorites to read! It has honestly helped her accept her hair more…She has an easier time with me brushing it. [It] makes Izzy's little heart happy to know she's not the only one out there with curly hair.” ~ Katie Veraldi, Michigan

“My kids had me read ‘Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!’ four times last night. It's such a cute story!” ~ Carly Cazzaza, Michigan

Author: Jayne Rose-Vallee is a writer and the founder of Rosevallee Creations. Growing up on a farm in Battle Creek, Michigan, taught her hard work and a little bit of dirt builds character, and her mother's love of poetry and quick-witted humor sparked an early appreciation for good rhymes. Having raised three children, she found time in this next chapter of her life to follow her passion and write. She started Rosevallee Creations in 2014, and her website offers accessories to the “Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!” (DLIMH) book, which has catapulted her into a new business venture. She has formed a relationship with Jane Tran from LA to create hair accessories designed specifically for the DLIMH brand. The sets include colorful barrettes and clips adorned with dinosaur charms and colored stones. A 12” handmade doll with curls and a face every child would adore is also available. Rounding out the accessory line are hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts, and dresses, with dinosaur tracks running up the sleeves and sides announcing, “Dinosaurs Live in My Hair!” In a world filled with chaos and turmoil, Jayne feels passionately that a good bedtime story should feel like a warm hug good night.

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!; Author: Jayne Rose-Vallee; Illustrated by Anni Matsick; RoseVallee Creations, LLC; Category: Children’s Picture Book, Poetry; Hard Cover: 978-0986192203, $17.99; Availability: RoseValleeCreations.com; Amazon.com; Hooked on Books in Islamorada, FL; Ocean Gardens in Islamorada, FL; P.J. Boox Bookstore in Ft. Myers, FL; Books and Books in Coral Gables, FL

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