Zoe Fleefenbacher has hair that is beautiful, wild, and frankly has a mind of its own. Zoe's hair is very helpful in kindergarten by cleaning up trash, erasing the board, and getting the class ready for snack. Unfortunately, when Zoe and her hair go to first grade, they meet Ms. Trisk, a no-nonsense teacher who loves rules and despises wild hair. There is much distress until Zoe and her hair show her teacher the importance of being flexible.
Laurie Halse Andersen and Ard Hoyt have created a terrific tale of teachers and students learning to work together. The inventive story and vibrantly wild illustrations will appeal to K-2 students. The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School would be good to read at the beginning of the year to build community in your classroom. It would also make for a great problem/solution lesson. You could pair this book with Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch or This is My Hair by Todd Parr for a unit on hair.