Technical specs

Original title: Com 3 novelos (o mundo dá muitas voltas)
32 pages / 220 x 260 mm
ISBN: 9789898145659 / RRP: 13,50€
1st edition: March 2015

© Rights sold: Chinese (Complex), English, French

With 3 balls of wool

(how the world twists and turns)

(Portuguese edition)

A family moves to another country in search of a freer place where all children can go to school. However, despite being different, this new country is far from perfect and in this grey new world, the lack of freedom is felt even in things as simple as choosing the colour of the sweater you want to wear in the morning…

With the same old colours, the same colours as ever, this mother gets down to work and raises a small revolution in the city!

Based on actual events, this story is inspired by the experiences of a Portuguese family who fled the Estado Novo dictatorship in the late 1960s and lived a life of exile in several countries.

Technical specs

Original title: Com 3 novelos (o mundo dá muitas voltas)
32 pages / 220 x 260 mm
ISBN: 9789898145659 / RRP: 13,50€
1st edition: March 2015

© Rights sold: Chinese (Complex), English, French

RRP: 13,50€*

12,15
* The final price includes our -10% publisher discount.

Awards and recognitions

Selected — Best Children’s Book Illustration by a Portuguese Author, at the BD Amadora Awards (2015)

Recommended — Portuguese National Reading Plan

Recommended — Skipping Stones Honor Awards (2018)

What they say

Once again, the publisher Planeta Tangerina takes a difficult subject and tells it to the young public in a creative way. In fact, as creative as the strategy found by the mother in this story, to put an end to the monotony of her children’s uniforms, who were always dressed in grey, green or orange sweaters — the same tones that Yara Kono uses to make illustrations that seem more colourful than a rainbow.

Ana Dias Ferreira, Observador, 09/05/2015

A biographic narrative, as well as an allegory about freedom.

Andreia Brites, Blimunda magazine, May 2015