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The Wrestling Cholitas of Bolivia

Illustrated by Anna Carbone
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

Two girls in Bolivia, with a passion for wrestling, beat the odds in this new empowering picture book

Noelia and Wara are two girls who live in the city of El Alto, Bolivia. Wrestling is their passion. They are often told that “wrestling is for boys.” But despite this resistance, every Sunday they proudly put on the traditional costume of the Cholitas, the Aymara women of Bolivia, and head to the ring, where they would fight with courage and defy all the odds stacked against them.

The stories told in the Against All Odds picture book series are true stories of brave boys and girls from different parts of the world, who, with their small everyday actions, beat the odds and achieve something great. The series is intended to promote diversity and acceptance by exposing children to kids’ stories from faraway places facing unique situations or overcoming prejudice.

About The Author

Claudia Bellante is a freelance photo and print journalist based in Milan. Her work focuses on the exploration of social changes that begin from the stories of ordinary people. Her work has been featured in publications across the world.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (November 22, 2022)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623718077
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

“A beautiful entry in the Against All Odds series … In this true story, Noelia and Wara and many cholitas just like them inspire others to stand against prejudice faced by both women and the Indigenous people of Bolivia. Bold colors and patterns showcase the strength and beauty of the main subjects and the other fighting cholitas, while the informative and inspirational prose is set upon decorative text boxes that become part of the artful layout.”

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