Stories with an underlying message are stories that are beneficial not only to young children but also to adults who help convey that message to their children though these stories. Over several weeks, my daughter and myself have been reading a book named ‘Cinderella’s Secrets : The Untold Story of Ella.’ This book is part of a series called, ‘Once Upon a View,’ whereby classic stories are retold in a way that is relatable to us all. The series figuratively represents a bridge built to bring together fairytales and reality.
We tend to get caught up in the fictional side of fairytales whereby everything is magical and the happy ending is always not far off. Now there is nothing wrong with fairytales and happy endings but instead how the happy ending is achieved in the fairytale. Having a well known classic fairy tale retold in a way that is relatable to us within our very own journey empowers us to find magic within ourselves and our own decisions. This enables us to be in control of the struggles we face on a daily basis and in turn of our own destiny and happy ending.
This book addresses issues such as self esteem, self worth, realisation and most importantly believing in our own capabilities. “Cinderella’s Secrets is a remarkable journey of a girl who learns the art of reinventing herself to reclaim self-worth. She becomes empowered to make her precious dreams come true.” The book explores hidden messages through metaphors and encourages the reader to visualise possibilities of what paths they may take to resolve the issues they are faced with.
As a mother of three children and sharing this story with my eldest who is a young girl, it is important to me that they are confident in their decisions in life.
Such stories like Cinderella’s Secrets ‘provide guidance on how we can move beyond exploitation, bullying and disillusionment, by becoming aware and prioritising the personal need for respect and dignity.’
This underlying message empowers young children such as my daughter to understand their self worth and provides them with the example they require to imagine and enforce ways to overcome prejudice and bullying. Especially in this day and age, the digital world and cyber bullying see keyboard warriors take a toll on others and can negatively impact our children if they do not have the tools to stand up for themselves. This is hard for parents to assess and help the situation on hand as it can be done so very slyly.
When children are at a young age, they are vulnerable, impressionable and at a malleable stage of their life and this is why what we as parents expose them to is important for their well being. I love the author George Helou makes the reader aware that they do not have to suffer in silence and become a victim of circumstance. This is a very important lesson to be learnt by our children and it is imperative for us to know that we need to be the very best version of ourselves, be unique and stand up for individualism. While many girls all want a happy ending and a Prince in shining armour, they also need to know that not always do our journeys lead to this.
I highly recommend this book for parents who want to help the social development of their child for ages 8 and over. I found at the age of 6, my daughter did not understand fully the metaphors this story brought about. She was still envisioning the Disney princess fairy tale more so, however could mainly relate to the emotional rollercoaster Ella endured. It is a great read and even suited for adults to be engrossed with. I am a firm believer of learning new things and this book helps to put somethings into perspective that we may not realise we are subconsciously doing at times.
To purchase this book, please visit http://www.onceuponaview.com/order. For each purchase, 10% of the all sales go to Princess Margaret Hospital. I think this is beautiful – what a way to give back to the community as well as providing an amazing tool to facilitate children’s development and growth through this wonderful book.
*Disclaimer: I was gifted this book for review. This is not a paid post, the review and opinions are purely honest and strictly my own.
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