Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review - Beach Brain Jane’s ‘Hairy’ Adventure on Hilton Head Island



Beach Brain Jane’s ‘Hairy’ Adventure on Hilton Head Island

By: Andrea Studenc
Publisher: Smith Printing Company, LLC
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9893702-1-9
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: December 2013

Ever have one of those days when you just can’t pay attention? When your mind starts to wander? Poor Hair Brain Jane has those days ALL the time and today, when she’s enjoying a beautiful day on Hilton Head Island, is no different.

Hair Brain Jane first appeared in Hair Brain Jane, a book published in 2012. The ‘brainchild’ (pun intended) of author/illustrator Andrea Studenc, Jane was created to help Studenc’s first grade students learn to pay attention. As an assistant teacher at a private school, she had worked with many students who had trouble staying focused. Her book, then, with a student who has thoughts literally pop out of her head as pictures, was her answer to explain to children how important, and hard, it is to concentrate on the topic at hand.

In her newest book, Hair Brain Jane takes the reader to Hilton Head Island for a day-long adventure. Part children’s story, part travel brochure for the popular tourist spot, the book tells of many of the island’s best places to shop, play, and eat.

After a brief introduction from Jane’s mother telling the reader about Jane’s trouble staying focused and how her daughter's visions pop out of her wild ‘mane,’ the story of Jane’s visit to Hilton Head is told as a poem:

You have to be certain not to feed the ‘Gators,
so please don’t tempt them with
Chicken & French Fried ‘Tators!


The story is fun and goofy, with all sorts of amusing visions popping out of Jane’s head, such as popcorn, ice cream, and a bird. The story mentions specific stores, restaurants, and other places by name so those not planning a trip, or not familiar with the area, may not get as much out of the story. However, if you live on Hilton Head, or plan to visit, this would be a fun book to introduce your children to the vacation spot.

Quill says: If you’re traveling to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, this might be a good book to pick up for your youngster to acquaint him/her with all the fun things to do on the resort island.