A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some education on the care and treatment of animals, in a roundabout way.
There are several positive messages that can be gleaned from the book about the care and treatment of animals and pets and the importance of apologizing as well as forgiving friends.
Positive Role Models
Several characters act as positive role models largely because they learn from the mistakes they make along the way.
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.
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.
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