Wanda

Sihle Nontshokweni & Mathabo Tlali

Picture Book

Realistic Fiction, Social Themes (Bullying), Cultural (South Africa)

March 1st, 2021

Illustrated by Chantelle & Burgen Thorne

An empowering picture book from South Africa about a young girl who overcomes endless teasing

Meet Wanda, with her beautiful head full of hair. She is brave and strong, but she's unhappy because of the endless teasing by the boys at school for her thorn bush and thunderstorm cloud. Through Grandma Makhulu's hair secrets and stories she finds the courage to face her fears and learn to appreciate that her hair is a crown' not a burden' and it is something to be proud of. This book is about identity and beauty, celebrating how cultural pride is learned and passed on over generations.

Wanda