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Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest Paperback – September 24, 2009
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"Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest" is a lushly illustrated children's tale about a curious and daring Spanish princess who decides to explore a mysterious dark forest alone. --Midwest Review
About the Author
Author Bio: Umbreen Asghar received a bachelor's degree in English with honours from The University of North London. She has worked with college students whose first language is not English and collaborated with lecturers to provide assistance to students of varying aptitudes. Currently, she works with primary level children in London, England where she lives. Her daughter, a dear sort of English princess also serves as the author's muse. Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest is her first book. Diane Lucas is an artist and illustrator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. She has illustrated numerous book covers and picture books. Diane lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two daughters.
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Zaara and the Enchanted Forest is a short, 30 page, picture book for children ages 6 to 8 years. The story highlights friendship and acceptance of others. The characters do that quickly, yet sincerely. Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest works best read aloud to a child or group of children ages 4 to 6. It does not take much effort for Zaara to solve her conflict in the forest and I am not sure she has changed by the end of the story, as all good characters must, yet young children will like the story and understand the message sent to them. Anyone older than six will probably lose interest quickly. If your child loves the Barney song, or sings with Sesame Street, they will like the friendship song and
can add their own name to the song.
The writing could use a bit of editing. There are too many commas used and used incorrectly. This drove me nuts. Trying to read, stopping often, many times for no purpose, made it difficult to enjoy the story. The incorrect commas are like speed bumps on a racetrack. The descriptors are colorful, yet also overdone and were redundant for such a short story. This is where some editing would help. More dialogue and some snappy lines would help the story, especially when read aloud, which the author feels is the best way for his story to be read to children.
Despite the above, Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest is a sweet story with a happy ending. Children will love the bright illustrations that fill most pages without text. The book is a good size for a story hour reading or a bedtime tale.
Note: received from author
I read this to 3 of my children ages 5-11. They enjoyed the first half of the story but then seemed to lose interest about half way through the book. There was a lot of writing on each page and they got distracted before I was done reading the pages that had a lot of text on them. It’s a cute book but not one we’ll reread over and over again.
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: From Author For Review
Loved it! It reminded me so much of stories I would read again and again as a little girl. The author captured the curious and adventurous behavior of many a seven year old in the story. The characters were very creative. There was a giant, and elf, a magic bearlike creature, a fairy and more. I loved that the author was able to reinvent characters that have been around for ages. It was really a sweet tale.
The illustrations were fabulous. Bright colors and detailed backgrounds are sure to capture a child's attention. When looking at illustrations I always look at the depth of the image. If there isn't much depth there I tend not to give a high rating. This book has illustrations with depth. That is so important for children because it gives them something to look into rather than to look at.
The Overall Ahgoo Review rating is: 5
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My children actually fought over this one. They each wanted to read it again and again.Free Book ReviewsRead more