Penny and the Magic Puffballs

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About the author:
Alonda Williams is a Christian, a wife and mother of two. In her work and public service, she has seen first hand the damaging effects of poor self-esteem and negative self-concept.

As a parent, Alonda has worked hard to build strong character in her young children. Professionally, Alonda runs the Education team for a large corporation in the greater Seattle area. She currently serves on the board of Hope WA, is a member of Jack and Jill of America and Delta Sigma Theta sorority Inc.

Penny and the Magic Puffballs is Alonda's first book.

Penny and the Magic Puffballs

The adventures of Penny and the Magic Puffballs.

Authored by Alonda Williams
Illustrated by Tyrus Goshay
Edition: 1

Penny wanted to wear her hair "down" like all of the other girls in her class. She wondered why her friends had long straight hair and she did not. Feeling different made her feel sad. Penny's mom assured her that her hair is perfect. Just because her hair is different from her friends hair, it didn't mean that it was bad. Penny's mom decides to style her hair in puffballs, magic puffballs.

Penny learns though a series of fun adventures, that wonderful and magical things happen when she wears her puffballs.

Join Penny as she discovers the magic of her puffballs.

Message from the author:

Penny was born out of my love for my daughter, Paris, and my desire for her to feel comfortable, confident and secure in her skin. Paris questioned why her hair was different from all of the other girls' and wondered why she couldn't wear her hair like theirs. I wanted her to understand that her hair was different but that different didn't mean bad.

One night, I made up a bedtime story about a little girl named Penny who had magic puffballs in her hair. Both my daughter and my son loved it so much that they wanted to hear about Penny every night. To keep it interesting, each night I added a different adventure, and from time to time I introduced additional characters.

The kids loved these stories so much that Penny became a staple in our bedtime routine. I ended up with more than 30 stories, and we enjoyed Penny's adventures for many, many years.

The idea for a book came to me as I saw little girls throughout my travels with their hair styled in puffballs. I thought it would be great to be able to tell these girls the story of Penny, a little girl like them. Little girls often notice their hair as one of the first areas of difference, and seeing this as bad can lead to a poor self-image. It is my hope that through this book, other girls will see a bit of themselves in Penny and enjoy her magic puffballs.

Publication Date:
0991212908 / 9780991212903
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 8.5"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African-American

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