Van Aggelen African Literary Agency


Written by Sihle Nontshokweni and Mathabo Tlali
Illustrated by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne

Wanda is sad. She is often teased at school because of her hair, which her classmates say is bushy. Every day Wanda’s mom tells her how beautiful she is, but she still feels like she has to try and ‘fix’ her hair all the time. Then, one day, her granny decides to sit her down and have a chat about all the different and wonderful hairstyles amazing women have. This beautifully-illustrated story is one many girls can relate to.


This book stands at the intersection of identity and beauty, celebrating how cultural pride is learned and passed on over the generations. This book encourages young children to love themselves for what they are born with, despite what society may say or think.


Rights Info

Rights: Rights sold to UK, North America, Europe and Australia
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Jacana Media, Johannesburg
Format: 32 pages
Publishing date: June 2019