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Sofia the Dreamer and her Magical Afro

Written by Jessica Wilson

Illustrated by Tom Rawles

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A look at dreams and history tangled up in styles of afro hair

This is a poetic look at the history of natural hairstyles – and, through Sofia, we see children encouraged not to be afraid to be themselves.  

Every Sunday Sofia dreams as her Mum washes and styles her hair – and every style has a period and a cultural figure as an example of how styles and history sit together. Whilst feeling sleepy as her hair is done Sofia dream-travels to visit a Jamaican Rastafarian, an African ancestor and a Black Panther in Los Angeles. The poem takes on this journey through history and also beyond our world to the realisation that love of one another is the basis of all. 

The illustrations are bold and the fact that Tom Rawles is best known for album cover shows through his bold contemporary style. The publisher is a British Jamaican independent company – set up to bring to light some of the stories from the Caribbean and its peoples. It was founded in response to the need for diversity in publishing. I hope we see more from these publishers!

Tricia Adams

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Winner of a Go Fund Me award, this fantasy-poem unravels the history of natural hairstyles and encourages children to love all of who they are.

Sofia the Dreamer and her Magical Afro Synopsis

Every Sunday afternoon, Sofia’s mum washes and combs her hair. Whenever her hair is touched, Sofia becomes very sleepy.   Sofia travels in her dreams visiting a Jamaican Rastafarian, African ancestor and Black Panther whose stories help to unpick the history, heroes and joys entangled in afro hair.

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ISBN: 9781527259096
Publication date: 01/06/2020
Publisher: Tallawah Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781527259096
Publication date: 1st June 2020
Author: Jessica Wilson
Illustrator: Tom Rawles
Publisher: Tallawah Publishing
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories

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