Tangle-knot is not a word, but it is Fia’s hair.
And Fia thinks it’s perfect, which is why she refuses to brush it, even though her mom always complains it’s a mess. In fact, it’s more than a mess—it’s a nest for a mother bird and her three colorful eggs!
Fia takes excellent care of her birds and shows off her tangle-knot everywhere she goes, attracting lots of attention. As the spectacle grows, so does Mom’s disapproval. But Fia’s commitment to being herself just might be powerful enough to change her mother’s mind.
This whimsical story shines with lighthearted relatability, reminding us that even when our parents just don’t get it, they always want us to be happy.
About the Author
Loretta Ellsworth grew up in Mason City, IA. A former teacher and a graduate of Hamline University with a Master’s Degree in Writing for Children, she is the award-winning author of several young adult novels. She has four children and six grandchildren and lives in Lakeville, MN. Stars Over Clear Lake is her first novel for adults.
"A whimsical story that young children will love to have read to them and which is filled with dynamic illustrations to keep them engaged. [...] Children will identify with a character who stays true to herself despite her mother's opinions on her hair."
—School Library Connection
"It's wonderful to see Fia given the agency to embrace her hair on her own terms, and it could easily launch a discussion on beauty standards. A sweet, silly story that will have any child resistant to combs and brushes cheering."