The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Tale
A Mysterious Girl Puts the Future of a Kingdom in the Balance!
One icy-cold winter night, everything changes: a young girl shows up at the king and new queen's castle doorstep wearing little more than a purple jacket and carrying a black pouch.
The king recognizes the mystery girl's identity as the long-lost princess without her uttering even a single word. However, the new queen refuses to believe the king's claims. In turn, a devious plan is hatched... and, the results are quite fitting!
Jewel Kats (1978 – 2016) is best known as an award-winning children’s author of twelve books, eight of which are about disabilities. She is the writer and creator of the “Fairy Ability Tales” series. She penned fairytales, both classical and/or original, with their child protagonists having a disability or chronic illness. Talk about fun and unique!
Many of Jewel’s readers also know her as the real-life inspiration behind “Archie Comics” character, Harper Lodge. Harper is the cousin of Jewel’s idol, Veronica Lodge, and the first ever character to have a disability.
Richa Kinra is an internationally published illustrator of several children’s books, adult fiction books and spiritual poems. She is from India. She lives with her family, and says she received a lot of encouragement from her parents and friends who saw her artistic talent. Apart from children book illustrations she has also freelanced for various magazines and websites. Her hand painted works are primarily in watercolors, acrylic and oils, sometimes incorporating colored pencil, dry colors, pen & ink and/or collage.
"I love how "The Princess and the Ruby an Autism Fairy Tale" did not mention the word autism. I like that I was able to read this book as a fairy tale. Children who know about the diagnosis of Autism will understand and relate. The child who is not familiar can see that princesses come in all different forms." --LittleLadyPlays.com
"As someone who has a couple of friends with Autistic kids, I understand the challenges these families have. This modern day twist on The Princess and the Pea not only shows how others judge something they do not understand, but how someone with Autism can see, feel and do things one might not expect."
--V.S. Grenier, Mom's Choice Silver Honoree and award-winning author
"The Princess and the Ruby is a heartwarming narrative; a tale that beautifully depicts several unique characterizations of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jewel Kats has refreshingly shed light upon a daily struggle to redefine 'normalized behaviors', in an admirable effort to gain societal acceptance and respect."
--Vanessa De Castro, Primary Residential Counselor with Autistic Youth
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