Inspiration for my Book

I was motivated to write Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest by my daughter, and by my work with primary children. My aim is to promote enthusiasm for reading by writing in an entertaining way. I want children to have a positive attitue about reading as it boosts vocabulary, general knowledge, and a life-long interest in literature. Reading aloud brings a book to life. Young readers understand the written word as they develop listening skills. I was inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream setting of the fairy woods for the setting of the forest. The atmosphere of mischief, magic and mayhem is resolved by the end of the book.

This beginning book is for 4-8 year-old children; the target audience is seven-year-old children. Princess Zaara is seven years old and very curious about the forest just beyond the castle's grounds. Although forbidden to go into the forest, she goes anyway. She makes some unusual friends in the forest and a spell cast by the outsider, Mischievo, leads her to take the initiative as a princess and as a friend. This new children's book describes a young princess' journey through a mysterious forest, where she learns aabout the importance of friendship and acceptance of others who may be different, which are important messages to give to children.

Thursday, 5 August 2010


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