Book Size: 10.75" x 9.5"

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623718114

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Illustrated by: Chantelle & Burgen Thorne

Ages: 3-8

Release date: Fall 2022

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Wanda the Brave

By • Illustrated by Chantelle & Burgen Thorne

$ 18.95

“Sometimes kids must speak out until adults listen … Whether a mirror or window for readers, this culturally rich story exemplifies the importance of self-advocacy … This brightly colored picture book, dominated by pinks and purples, showcases the beauty of brown skin and natural Black hair, as well as the versatility of hair, and spotlights beauty practices common throughout the African diaspora.”Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About this book

Meet Wanda, with her glorious head of hair. Written and illustrated by the South African team who brought you the award-winning book Wanda.

Today, Wanda is visiting the hair salon where she’ll use all the hair secrets Makhulu taught her. But Aunty Ada wants her to straighten her hair with a white chemical. Wanda and her new friend Nkiruka come up with a plan and both girls stand strong and brave in the face of this big challenge.

Bold and zesty, Wanda the Brave is a celebration of girl power, and a reminder that courage and friendship is a mighty force!

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About the authors

Sihle Nontshokweni is a PhD candidate at KU Leuven, South Africa. Her research is focused on the successes and failures of school desegregation in post-apartheid South Africa. Prior to that, she lived in China, completing a master’s at Peking University, where she studied the aspirations of African migrant entrepreneurs living in Guangzhou, south of China. She has a deep interest in how racialized contexts affect identity and aspirations. Sihle is an avid reader and is passionate about creating positive content through YouTube and her personal blog sihlesapplecrunch.com. She is a lover of adventure and fitness, having completed a marathon and the popular Cape Cycle Tour.

Chantelle and Burgen Thorne are internationally published illustrators with over 20 years’ experience in educational publishing. Avid bookworms themselves, they take great delight in the visual storytelling of picture books, art and text working together, every word and every image adding to the reader’s experience. They also illustrated Wanda (Crocodile Books) by Sihle Nontshokweni & Mathabo Tlali.

Reviews

“Nontshokweni turns the familiar story of a Black girl learning to love her hair on its head by featuring a young queen with a healthy pride in her locks.”Booklist, Starred Review

“Sometimes kids must speak out until adults listen … Whether a mirror or window for readers, this culturally rich story exemplifies the importance of self-advocacy … This brightly colored picture book, dominated by pinks and purples, showcases the beauty of brown skin and natural Black hair, as well as the versatility of hair, and spotlights beauty practices common throughout the African diaspora.”Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About the Author

Chantelle and Burgen Thorne are internationally published illustrators with over 20 years’ experience in educational publishing. Avid bookworms themselves, they take great delight in the visual storytelling of picture books, art and text working together, every word and every image adding to the reader’s experience. They also illustrated Wanda (Crocodile Books) by Sihle Nontshokweni & Mathabo Tlali.

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