Once a teen runaway, Jewel Kats is now a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner. For six years, Jewel penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and The Halifax Chronicle Herald. She gained this position through The Young People's Press. She's won $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network, and women's book publisher: Harlequin Enterprises. Jewel also interned in the TV studio of Entertainment Tonight Canada. Her books have been featured in Ability Magazine (USA) twice. She's authored eight books-five are about disabilities. The Museum of disABILITY History celebrated her work with a two-day event. Jewel has appeared as an international magazine cover story four times! Recently, her work was featured in an in-depth article published in "The Toronto Star". Jewel's work has also appeared as an evening news segment on WKBW-TV and on the pages of "The Buffalo News".
(1)*** "Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale"*** -(Fairy Ability Tales Book #1) -Silver medalist/Mom's Choice Awards 2013 -One-page book excerpt in the 'Quincy Jones' issue of 'Ability Magazine' -Book signing at Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York -Featured in the evening news of WKBW-TV -'The Huffington Post' lists it as a valuable teaching resource -First "Cinderella" adaptation in history with a wheelchair-mobile Princess
(2)***"The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Tale"*** -(Fairy Ability Tales Book #2) -Silver medalist/Mom's Choice Awards 2013 -Re-telling of the Hans Christen Andersen's classic 'The Princess and the Pea' except with an Autism twist -First and only fairy tale featuring a non-verbal child princess with Autism
(3)***"Snow White's Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale" -(Fairy Ability Tales Book #3) -FIRST fairy tale in HISTORY featuring a Princess with the skin condition of vitiligo.
(4)***"What Do You Use to Help Your Body?: Maggie Explores the World of Disabilities"*** -Full two-page book excerpt in Ability Magazine (USA) -Full-fledged multicultural cast of characters that illustrate disabilities unite the human experience.
(5)***"DitzAbled Princess: A Comical Diary Inspired by Real Life"*** -First reality-series comic strip about a woman with a physical disability -From Feb. 2013-Aug 2013, over 700,000 views of the web comic on Tapastic.com -Book signing at the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York -Magazine cover story of "Disability Today Network" and Australia's largest cross-disability magazine "Link Disability Magazine" -Featured on WKBW-TV evening news
(6)***"Reena's Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse"*** -First and only children's picture book about a young Indo-American girl who survives sexual abuse
(7)***"Teddy Bear Princess: A Story About Sharing and Caring"***
(8)***"Word Search Divas"*** -Puzzle book with diva themes and pictures of fashion models
Have you ever known a person with autism? Do you even know what autism is? One icy-cold winter night, a young girl, about eight, shows up at the king and new queen's castle doorstep, wearing a dark, purple jacket, carrying a black pouch filled with a collection of plain rocks, and not uttering even a single word. She twirls, spins in circles, sways back and forth, and plays with her rocks. The king believes that she is his long-lost autistic daughter by his first wife who had died. The new queen, however, refuses to believe the king's claims and develops a devious plan involving a ruby placed under the girl’s mattress to test if she is really a princess. What will the child do? Is she really who she appears to be?
Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a general term for a group of complex neural disorders of brain development characterized, in varying degrees, by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive, or stereotyped behaviors. It may have a strong genetic basis, there is possible association with agents such as rare mutations that cause birth defects, and some controversial environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides, and/or childhood vaccines, have been proposed. There is increasing suspicion that autism is a complex disorder whose core aspects have distinct causes that often co-occur. Researchers now think that there is no one cause of autism just as there is no one type of autism.
Even though I have no personal experience with autism, as a former board member of a homeschooling conference, I have spoken with special needs presenters who deal with autism and have talked with parents who are trying to educate their autistic children.Read more ›
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Title: The Princess and the Ruby Author: Jewel Kats Illustrator: Richa Kinra Publisher: Loving Healing Press ISBN: 978-1-61599-175-4
"The girl's rock collection is beautiful; just as she is. These rocks belong to the earth, and so does she. I am a lucky man to be her father," the king announces in Jewel Kats's children's story, "The Princess and the Ruby - An Autism Fairy Tale."
This forty-two page over-sized square paperback book has a young girl sitting on a throne on the front cover. With no profanity or scary scenes, the tome is targeted toward kindergarten to early elementary school aged children and especially those who have or know of someone with autism. Due to complicated words, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. With the storyline in small out-lined purple print on the right side of the page, illustrator Richa Kinra's colorful drawings cover all of the right side of the pages. The end of the book includes the author's biography and other written books.
Written for every parent or guardian of a child with autism spectrum disorder, this tome is a rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's The Princess and the Pea with the same story of a poor, tattered, hungry girl that knocks on the castle gates late at night and is welcomed by her father, the king, and his new wife. The frightened, lonely girl sleeps on stacked mattresses with a hidden gem inside, placed by the queen who does not like her.
But unlike the original tale, the young eight year old girl has autism so does not track well nor communicate at the same level as those around her. When she arrives, she twirls, spins in circles, sways back and forth, and plays with small round rocks.Read more ›
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I received this from the publisher for my honest review.
I haven't read a lot of books on autism, but my gut tells me that there aren't a lot out there aimed at children. As adults, we have come across people who are different be it autism, learning disabilities, or just weird personalities. We have learned how to react and treat people like that. Sure some people react badly to them, but most of us understand that it isn't their fault. Teaching our children how to treat special children is one of the many chores that we as parents, aunts or uncles, out even just friends have to do. Books like this could help with that task.
The Princess and the Ruby is all about the return of a missing princess to her father. She now has a stepmother who doesn't believe that this unusual little girl is the real princess. The princess doesn't speak and does things like spin in circles and arrange rocks. There is no mention of her actually being labeled as autistic. Anyway... The queen puts a ruby in the middle of a bunch of mattresses that the princess will sleep on. This is very much like The Princess and the Pea. Of the ruby causes her not to be able to sleep, she is the real princess. Otherwise she is a commoner. You can guess that she obviously doesn't sleep and the queen immediately accepts her as her true stepdaughter. In the end, the book shoes the reader that there must be acceptance of how different the princess is.
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