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This is a fairytale that every child needs to read. Working in a school, I do come across children’s books quite regularly and my school is having a massive push at the moment to have more diverse reads. I’ll definitely be recommending this to them!
There are three main fairytales in this story with Rumaysa featuring in all of them. I wish I’d read a book with a character like her when I was younger. She doesn’t need any prince to save her, she can do that on her own thank you very much. What a great message to send out to children. The other characters also show independence and there’s one particularly great scene with Ayla where she stands up for what she is (I won’t spoil it by saying exactly what happens.)
The pacing is just right for a children’s book and reads quite quickly which I think is important as that helps draw you into the book. I don’t know about anyone else but I often have my class tell me that reading is boring! I tell them they just haven’t found the right book yet and I believe this one is it!
I don’t want to give away too much so will leave this review here saying this is such a beautiful, magical diverse read and I encourage all to read it!