December 21st, 2013 15:15 EST
'Snow White's Seven Patches' by Jewel Kats Published as First Vitiligo Fairy Tale
Award-winning author Jewel Kats has published the first-ever fairy tale with a central character having vitiligo. Loving Healing Press of Ann Arbor, MI, has published Kats` book Snow White`s Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale.
The main character in Kats` book, Snow, has seven white patches on her skin since her birth. While her self-centered mother makes it an excuse to keep Snow from having a normal life, things take a surprising turn for the young girl when she leaves her mother`s place to see what`s out there for her.
Snow White`s Seven Patches is a unique blend of the traditional fairy-tale ingredients " a magic mirror, poisonous apple, dwarfs, and romance " and modern sensibilities surrounding discriminatory attitudes toward people with certain health or skin conditions. In this fairy tale:
- Young readers with vitiligo will look at their own skin patches with a unique lens, finding interesting shapes and stories behind each puffy cloud of white;
- Readers will be introduced to the firsthand-hurt that plagiarism can cause through Snow White`s experience;
- The loving dwarf family illustrates that helping people in need should be a priority in life.
- Readers learn that not all princesses look alike.
- The concept of "beauty is within the eye of the beholder" is exemplified by the prince and magic mirror.
Praise for Snow White`s Seven Patches "Life is not really perfect, even if you are so-called normal. Children must grow and overcome then move on through the many difficulties that arise in their lives, some can be the lack of understanding, sympathy and acceptance. For those who are disabled in one way or another, not perfect, this can be an ongoing reality. Jewel Kats has an insight into the world of children who have life stacked against them. This is just one of her retellings of a timeless tale geared to helping others, and if it can be done, righting a wrong."
"J. D. Holiday, author, illustrator, host of Book Garden Radio
"Jewel Kats entertains and engages, highlighting significant issues that resonate with children and adults alike. In `Snow White`s Seven Patches`, Jewel emphasizes how to overcome adversity with creativity. She encourages children to maintain a healthy perspective about their physical appearance. Jewel reminds us that despite wickedness, we can move on and get about the business of life, letting serendipity take us to wonderful places in hope. And just maybe what we think we might have, we will be able to achieve."
"Carole Di Tosti, novelist, reviewer for Blogcritics.com
Title: Snow White`s Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale
Author: Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Dan Goodfellow
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
ISBN: 978-1-61599-206-5 paperback / 978-1-61599-207-2 hardcover
List Price: $14.95 paperback / $26.95 hardcover
Pub Date: November 2013
Genre: Children/Fairy Tales
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1615992065/
About Jewel Kats
Once a teen runaway, Jewel Kats is now a two-time Mom`s Choice Award winner. For six years, Jewel penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and The Halifax Chronicle Herald. She gained this position through The Young People`s Press. 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 (USA) twice. She`s authored eight books. The Museum of disABILITY History celebrated her work with a two-day event. Jewel has appeared as an international magazine cover story four times! Recently, her work was featured in an in-depth article published in The Toronto Star. Jewel`s work has also appeared as an evening news segment on WKBW-TV and on the pages of The Buffalo News. Visit Jewel Kats online at http://www.jewelkats.com/
Media Contact: Jewel Kats, email: email@example.com.
For Book Orders:Loving Healing Press
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Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9627