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Redheads Run Rampant in the Children's Room


fotologic on flickrfotologic on flickrAs a child, I was not always happy with my red hair.  It attracted lots of attention, both good and bad.  I come from a family of brown-eyed brunettes, so I was somewhat of a surprise. I would like to blame Mary MacLean, my great-great-grandmother, for my hair color, but I know that the blame should really fall on some mutated genes. Growing up in small town Quebec, redheads were few and far between. This did not matter, however, as I always had Madeline, Pippi Longstocking and Anne Shirley to keep me company. Although I was not as adventurous as Pippi or as spunky as Anne, I loved the fact that they had red hair and saw them as "kindred spirits." 

You might be surprised by the number of redheads that can be found in children's literature. Some are famous, some are not. Here is a list to get you started.  


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Thanks for pointing out all the redheads, Louise!

I had forgotten Madeline was a redhead--like you in Quebec, that must have made her really stick out in Paris!

Querida Louise, es un placer

Querida Louise, es un placer saber que trabajas en la escritura de cuentos y en el fomento a la lectura. Comencé leyendo lo que fue para ti el cabello color rojo... sin duda es algo que llama la atención, como bien dices, y, algunas expresiones que no favorecen llegan a fortalecer más... Azu me habló de tu trabajo, quiero ponerme en contacto contigo. Saludos con cariño.

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