--Vanessa De Castro, Primary Residential Counselor with Autistic Youth
The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Taleby Jewel Kats, Richa Kinra
One icy-cold winter night, everything changes: a young girl shows up at the king and new queen's castle doorstep wearing little more than a purple jacket and carrying a black pouch. The king recognizes the mystery girl's identity as the long-lost princess without her uttering even a single word.
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A Mysterious Girl Puts the Future of a Kingdom in the Balance!
One icy-cold winter night, everything changes: a young girl shows up at the king and new queen's castle doorstep wearing little more than a purple jacket and carrying a black pouch. The king recognizes the mystery girl's identity as the long-lost princess without her uttering even a single word. However, the new queen refuses to believe the king's claims. In turn, a devious plan is hatched... and, the results are quite fitting!
* This new twist on Hans Christen Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea" is surely to be loved by all fairy tale enthusiasts.
* "The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Tale" adds to much-needed age-appropriate literature for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
* Both fun and education are cleverly weaved in this magical tale, teaching children to be comfortable in their own skin and to respect the differences of others.
Learn more at www.JewelKats.com
Book #2 in the Fairy Ability Tales from Loving Healing Press
JUV039150 Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Special Needs
EDU026020 Education : Special Education - Learning Disabilities
EDU026050 Education : Special Education - Social Disabilities
--Vanessa De Castro, Primary Residential Counselor with Autistic Youth
"As someone who has a couple of friends with Autistic kids, I understand the challenges these families have. This modern day twist on The Princess and the Pea not only shows how others judge something they do not understand, but how someone with Autism can see, feel and do things one might not expect."
--V.S. Grenier, Mom's Choice Silver Honoree and award-winning author
Meet the Author
Once a teen runaway, Jewel Kats is now a selfmade Diva. On top of that, she’s authored seven books! Think: Loving Healing Press (USA.) Think: Marvelous Spirit Press (USA.) Think: Kube Publishing (UK.) For six years, she penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and TorStar Syndication Service (Canada).
She’s won $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network and women’s book publisher, Harlequin Enterprises. Jewel also interned in the TV studio of Entertainment Tonight Canada.
Her books have been featured in Ability Magazine twice. She recently made a guest appearance on Accessibility in Action. Jewel appeared in a documentary series by the Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) in 2012.
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I haven't read a lot of books on autism, but my gut tells me that there aren't a lot out there aimed at children. As adults, we have come across people who are different be it autism, learning disabilities, or just weird personalities. We have learned how to react and treat people like that. Sure some people react badly to them, but most of us understand that it isn't their fault. Teaching our children how to treat special children is one of the many chores that we as parents, aunts or uncles, out even just friends have to do. Books like this could help with that task. The Princess and the Ruby is all about the return of a missing princess to her father. She now has a stepmother who doesn't believe that this unusual little girl is the real princess. The princess doesn't speak and does things like spin in circles and arrange rocks. There is no mention of her actually being labeled as autistic. Anyway... The queen puts a ruby in the middle of a bunch of mattresses that the princess will sleep on. This is very much like The Princess and the Pea. Of the ruby causes her not to be able to sleep, she is the real princess. Otherwise she is a commoner. You can guess that she obviously doesn't sleep and the queen immediately accepts her as her true stepdaughter. In the end, the book shoes the reader that there must be acceptance of how different the princess is. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
helping children learn about autism Have you ever known a person with autism? Do you even know what autism is? One icy-cold winter night, a young girl, about eight, shows up at the king and new queen's castle doorstep, wearing a dark, purple jacket, carrying a black pouch filled with a collection of plain rocks, and not uttering even a single word. She twirls, spins in circles, sways back and forth, and plays with her rocks. The king believes that she is his long-lost autistic daughter by his first wife who had died. The new queen, however, refuses to believe the king's claims and develops a devious plan involving a ruby placed under the girl’s mattress to test if she is really a princess. What will the child do? Is she really who she appears to be? Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a general term for a group of complex neural disorders of brain development characterized, in varying degrees, by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive, or stereotyped behaviors. It may have a strong genetic basis, there is possible association with agents such as rare mutations that cause birth defects, and some controversial environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides, and/or childhood vaccines, have been proposed. There is increasing suspicion that autism is a complex disorder whose core aspects have distinct causes that often co-occur. Researchers now think that there is no one cause of autism just as there is no one type of autism. Even though I have no personal experience with autism, as a former board member of a homeschooling conference, I have spoken with special needs presenters who deal with autism and have talked with parents who are trying to educate their autistic children. The Princess and the Ruby by author Jewel Kats, with illustrator Richa Kinra's colorful drawings, is a modern twist on Hans Christian Andersen's “The Princess and the Pea” that provides some much-needed, age-appropriate literature for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My friend V. S. Grenier says that it “not only shows how others judge something they do not understand, but how someone with Autism can see, feel, and do things one might not expect." A fun story and educational information are both woven together in this wonderful tale that teaches children to be comfortable in their own skin and to respect the differences of others. Kindle and ePub editions are also available. Another book by Jewel Kats in Loving Healing Press’s Fairy Ability Tales series is Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair.
The Princess And The Ruby is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.