Hairdo: What We Do and Did to Our Hair
Ruth Freeman Swain. Holiday House, $16.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8234-1522-9
Finally, Hairdo!: What We Do and Did to Our Hair by Ruth Freeman Swain, illus. by Cat Bowman Smith, playfully provides a historical and cross-cultural look at the styles that have defined society, such as an Egyptian party favor (""At evening parties, special guests were given cones of perfumed beeswax to put on top of their heads""), the wigs of Louis XIV (""to hide his thinning hair"") and Native American girls' ""squash blossoms"" formed by coiling the hair above each ear.
Reviewed on: 09/01/2002