Monday, February 22, 2021

Book Nook: The Princess and the Mirror and The Great Little Tailo

As a child, Isabel Cintra grew up with a deep love of fairy tales. These magical, enchanting stories of beautiful princesses, magical mirrors and devoted fairy godmothers captivated her attention. These stories taught her more than just happily ever after; they portrayed
a universal theme of good versus evil and taught her values like hard work and kindness.

In Cintra’s young mind, fairy tales were unlike any other kind of story. They were magical, enchanting tales where anything was possible.

She often wondered, however, why none of the beautiful characters looked like her? It became her mission to write stories that included black characters to show children the value of diversity and even more importantly; that children of all colors can reach their dreams.

For kids ages six to twelve, The Great Little Tailor and The Princess and The Mirror, not only give children of color an opportunity to see themselves in stories but also helps broaden the perspective of all children by fostering children's sense of empathy and connection with characters who might look different from themselves.

The Princess and The Mirror

When the desire for extreme beauty tries to overcome love and vanity becomes the most precious asset, a sweet and very wise fairy appears to turn everything into harmony again. A beautiful fairy tale about kings, queens, princesses, with lots of magic and so much to teach us! 

I had a chance to see a copy of this book. The illustrations were vibrant and full of color, really helping to bring the book to life. The story was imaginative and unique - with a twist ending I didn't expect!

The Great Little Tailor

There was a small and humble village on the outskirts of King Raidar’s castle. A place where Jafar and little Akin built their simple home. Life was hard for father and son until the great and unique opportunity of their lives suddenly appeared. With a heart full of hope, Akin will teach his father that it takes courage and optimism to face life’s challenges!

The paperbacks versions of The Great Little Tailor and The Princess and The Mirror are available on Amazon for $12.99. The ebook is available for $9.99.

Isabel Cintra grew up in the small town of Sao Joaquim de Barra, Brazil. At an early age, she entered the magical world of writing and literature. A shy girl with a head full of thoughts, her greatest desire was to share with the world, through her books, the vision of an enchanted princess who looked like her. Through her vibrant picture books, illustrated by her brother Zeka Cintra, Isabel strives to introduce kids to a world where diversity is valuable and beautiful. Fantasy, representativeness and diversity are common themes in her editorial production. Her work, Corvo-Correio was a winner of the 2017 Off Flip Literature Prize. She currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden with her husband and daughters.

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