MY BARBER by Anne & Harlow Rockwell


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Many children are as frightened of a visit to the barber as they are of a session with a doctor or dentist, and so this might have the same familiarizing function as the Rockwells' introductions to the other two experiences. Along with the indirect assurances (the electric clippers merely ""buzz and tickle""; the straight razor is used only on men with ""whiskers""), this has the appeal of calling attention to procedures and objects (the vacuum cleaner tube that comes out of the wall; the combs in purple liquid that ""makes them clean"") that can then be recognized with satisfaction at a real visit. The relative novelty of the place gives this a little more interest than My Kitchen, and the red mop being shorn has some shaggy appeal. But it's a bland experience overall, from the barbers' polite smiles to the mother's remark, when the moderately shorn kid and his father (also shorn) return home, that they look ""nice.

Pub Date: March 2nd, 1981
Publisher: Macmillan