Tale of a Different Kind

Last year when she turned six, one of my daughter’s friends gave her a “Create Your own Storybook” kit, which is kind of like a big scrapbook with fairy tale clip art. Both my kids enjoy writing stories so Jasmine was thrilled when she saw it.

We’ve spent a lot of time cutting and pasting the illustrations, but I have to say, when she showed me the story she had written, The Magical Mirror, I had no words. I just hugged her. Because even though the story had a princess and a castle and the princess was captured by an evil knight, Jasmine’s princess is strong. And smart. She doesn’t wait for a prince to save the day. She reaches out to her friend, a fairy princess, who saves her from the dungeon.

Now I have nothing against Prince Charming (I’m married to him, after all!) but I love the idea of friendship saving the day. And I really LOVE that this is my six-year-old’s world view of how things work. Like I said, at the rate they’re going, my kids are probably going to be published before me!

(I thought about putting the whole text in this post, but it’s actually more than 850 words — she’s a PB author in the making!)

12 thoughts on “Tale of a Different Kind

  1. That is awesome! You are raising one strong, smart girl!
    I'll have to look into that Make your Own Storybook! I love that our kids are similar ages, they seem to be into a lot of the same books/toys etc!

  2. Isn't it the coolest thing to see our kids do this. I have no idea whether son will keep writing as he grows up (almost positive he'll keep drawing!), but I love to see him loving books and all the stuff that goes into making them. Whether our kids stay writers, you KNOW they'll stay readers.:)

  3. Wow, wow, wow! I have no other words than 'AWESOME'!!!! The book looks spectacular, and I love that a 6-year old girl came up with such a fantastic premise! You go girl!!!! And, good job to you as well on raising such an incredible young girl!
    Did you see that Solvang was named one of America's best European towns … or something like that. I can't remember exactly what it was, but Solvang was named, as was Leavenworth, which is a Bavarian town I adore up in central Washington.

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