A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Winter's Flurry Adventure is the second book in the seasonal series about magical princesses, following Autumn's Secret Gift. There are some examples of cruelty to animals by certain characters. They are intentionally hurt, though there's no serious injury.
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What's the story?
Winter and Flurry are the best of friends. They know each other so well that they can almost finish each other's sentences ... that is, if Flurry could talk. One day a lost little furball shows up at their home, and tensions between Flurry and Winter escalate quickly. When Winter sets off on an adventure to find and bring home her lost friend, she calls on her three sisters to face the dangers ahead. Will she find Flurry in time to make things right?
Is it any good?
The second in the Enchanted Sisters series, this is a stronger tale than the first installment, exploring the friendship dynamic between a girl and her polar bear. Authors Elise Allen and Halle Stanford do a wonderful job keeping the adventure interesting, with great pacing and surprises along the way.
The same gender issue that appeared in Book 1 is present in Book 2: The girls are largely sweet, well-mannered, and well taken care of, whereas the boys represent all that's not so great in the world, with poor table manners and cruelty to animals. But now there's a juxtaposition of the resources between the genders: self-cleaning, self-healing homes for the girls and standard homes for the boys that are layered in dirt, discarded food, and broken items. A great question for parents to ask is, "Do the girls behave very differently from the boys, or do their resources matter in some instances?" Overall, there's growth from the first tale and a fun story, with a good amount of sweetness -- but not too much.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way trained pets are portrayed in the media. How are animals kept from harm while performing? You may want to do some research to find out.
Why are princess stories so popular? How does this one compare with others you've read or seen in movies or on TV? How is it different? How is it similar?
How important is it to apologize when we hurt our friends? Is it easy to say, "I'm sorry"? Can you think of ways to make it easier?
- Authors: Elise Allen, Halle Stanford
- Illustrator: Paige Pooler
- Genre: Fairy Tale
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
- Publication date: October 14, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 10
- Number of pages: 128
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback
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