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Gwynne, Fair & Shining is a short children’s book with very pleasant illustrations. I like that Gwynne doesn’t let her circumstances define who she can become. Even when the knights are nasty, rude and offensively mean, she still believes in following her heart and I really like the way she insists on pursuing what her heart truly desires. I think we can all learn something positive and empowering from this little story.
Book Vision of Gwynne, Fair & Shining
By Stephanie Lisa Tara
A traditional Connecticut childhood might have had something to do with my love of fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson, Grimm, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Mother Goose and Aesop lined the shelves of my bright pink bedroom to be sure. Stories told aloud for thousands of years…goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, gnomes, fairies, pixies, brownies, wizards, witches and mermaids teaching children with their clever moral-of-the-story endings. Why, they were a parent’s best friend. Passed down from one generation to the next, and shared in front of the hearth at the end of a long day sounded like bliss to me. And so my own daughter and I carried on the tradition, sharing tales aloud, and even creating some new ones of our own. Of princesses, castles, forests, and magic flutes. So I really must credit a preschooler with the story of Gwynne, a brave girl who believes she can do anything she sets her heart to doing. In today’s neon digital world, it seems nice to reflect back to a simpler time, when imagination was all a child needed. Just one mom’s opinion, anyway.
Stephanie Lisa Tara
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