Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift

Common Sense Media says

Magic and rainbows unite for a sweet early chapter book.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Educational value

Although not appearing to be intentionally educational, there are some weather terms included in the story, including "aurora borealis." The story highlights the magical term for them and then the name humans associate with the particular weather phenomenon.

Positive messages

Positive messages throughout the book include focusing on teamwork, sisterhood, and responsibility and the value of occasionally stepping out of your comfort zone. Another positive message is the importance of being comfortable with yourself and with the unique skills and talents you have to contribute to the world.

Positive role models

Overall, the female characters are presented in a positive light. There are some stereotypes, but they're based on individual personalities, not necessarily based on being female. The mother figure is all-knowing and caring but presents a counterbalance to some of the dewiness of the story by giving serious, sound advice. One negative issue is the way boys are portrayed. They are stereotyped by gender and generally are wicked. At this point in the series, they have few redeeming qualities.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Book details

Authors:Elise Allen, Halle Stanford
Illustrator:Paige Pooler
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Brothers and sisters
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Bloomsbury USA
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:Hardback, Kindle, Nook, Paperback

This review of Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools