Refilwe (Paperback)

By Zukiswa Wanner, Tamsin Hinrichsen (Illustrator)

Jacana Media, 9781431400980, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2015

List Price: 9.95*
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A take on the traditional German tale Rapunzel in a Southern African setting
Zukiswa Wanner brings young readers a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel, with a uniquely South African twist. Refilwe is the story of the dreadlocked beauty who is stuck in a cave on top of a mountain awaiting her prince, Tumi. This take on the classic tale will have the children chanting, “Refilwe, Refilwe let down your locks . . . So I can climb the scraggy rocks!” Based on the original version but reimagined for African children, the tale is enriched with magical illustrations by Tamsin Hinrichsen that will keep all children entranced and foster in them a love of reading.

About the Author

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist and writer. She is the author of Maid in SA and Men of the South, which was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She has contributed to publications such as Elle, Forbes Africa, the Guardian, the Mail & Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Sunday Times, among others. She is also a founding member of ReadSA, a campaign that encourages South Africans to read South African works. Tamsin Hinrichsen is a Cape Town–based illustrator of several local and international children’s books, including Madiba Magic, The Tale of Sun and Moon, and Ten Green Bottles.