Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift is the start of a series of books for early readers starring four royal princesses named after the seasons who dwell in Mother Nature's kingdom and are in charge of magically changing the seasons. There are plenty of sweet images, such as pink dolphins and glittery rainbows. Parents may object to girls always being portrayed as good while boys are always portrayed as naughty. Next up: Winter's Flurry Adventure, to be published in October 2014.
What's the story?
Autumn has always been known for being steady and predictable. She likes to cautiously think things through before taking action. That's never been a problem ... until now. When her sister, Winter, basically calls her boring, Autumn begins to wonder if there's something wrong with her. Her distraction causes problems during the season-change ceremony, and Mother Earth notices. Autumn's resolve and outlook on being "safe" is put to the test when she has to join forces with her three enchanted sisters to save something very precious from the Weeds: four boys who absolutely love to ruin things for the Enchanted Sisters. Will she play it safe or risk it all to save Mother Earth's secret gift?
Is it any good?
Authors Elise Allen and Halle Stanford create a fun and magical journey in JIM HENSON'S ENCHANTED SISTERS: AUTUMN'S SECRET GIFT. The book is a treat for early readers who love all things sparkly, pink, and sweet. Magical animals and princesses; a kind, caring mother; and a fluffy, fun ride will go a long way to capture the imagination of young readers. Targeted specifically toward girls, the story does a disservice to the boys in the book. When they do appear, boys are described as troublemakers and are shown to have quite the mean streak. Even the adult male who leads them is regarded with dislike and suspicion. These characteristics make this the kind of story that may feed into the negative "boys-versus-girls" mentality.
A couple of things that stand out are the focus on sisterhood despite disagreements and the multicultural cast of characters. Overall, the series has a promising start and surely will be a favorite of little girls who like a little bit of magic.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how Autumn tries something new. Why is it important to try new things and seek new ways to solve problems? Have you ever felt like Autumn?
What's so fun about books with characters who have magical powers? What others have you read?
What's one important thing Autumn learns about working with her sisters? What have you learned about working as a team?
|Authors:||Elise Allen, Halle Stanford|
|Genre:||For Beginning Readers|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Brothers and sisters|
|Publication date:||August 5, 2014|
|Number of pages:||128|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||7 - 10|
|Read aloud:||7 - 10|
|Read alone:||7 - 10|
|Available on:||Paperback, Nook, Hardback, Kindle|