Only a Trenza Away: A Tale of Trust and Strength


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$19.99  $18.59
Shadow Mountain
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8.2 X 10.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Nadine Fonseca is on a mission to build a brighter, kinder, and more inclusive future, one young reader at a time. She founded Mighty Kind, an educational multimedia company for families that aims to use the simple and universal concept of kindness as a bridge to antiracist/anti-bias learning. Only a Trenza Away is her debut children's picture book and is based on some of her fond childhood memories. Nadine is neurodivergent, a biracial Latina, wife, and mother of four. She holds an MBA and is a proud member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. She believes that everyone, big or small, has the power to change the world.

Camila Carrosine is Brazilian and lives in São Paulo. She has been drawing since she was a little girl and grew up with pencils and paper. Camila graduated in fine arts and studied art direction. Camila considers herself a visual storyteller and loves to mix traditional and digital techniques in her illustrations. She divides her time between her children's book projects and animated films. She loves books, traveling, and walking barefoot.


"Every night, Xiomara's father braids her hair before bed. They imagine themselves on fantastic adventures: swinging through jungles; diving in underwater caves; flying to the moon. When Xiomara's father has to work late, she worries she will not be able to handle adventures--like starting a new school that year--without him. But in this cozy, comforting tale, her father assures her that the strength and love woven into her braids will always be there--even when he isn't."-- "Foreword Reviews, starred review"

"Fonseca's sweet and concise story is enhanced by vibrant pastel universes created by Carrossine, as well as an endnote detailing the history of this hairstyle. This book is perfect for young readers learning how to take care of their bodies and have selfconfidence, with a reminder that loved ones will still be there to support them."

-- "Booklist"
"Fonseca's soft, calming text expertly explores universal feelings of anxiety and worry, the infinite love of family, as well as the cultural and community traditions of braiding. Carrossine's colorful illustrations capture the out-of-this-world adventures as well as the relatable worries and fears. A touching and tender tale that will resonate with many readers."-- "School Library Journal"