As a family with an open mind, I enjoyed reading Becoming the Enchantress and wish more adults would be as the Knight and the Dragon were in the story.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Becoming the Enchantress is the story of a transgender parent that faces personal longing for change. Given the acceptance and encouragement of her children, the parent magically transforms from a Wizard into an Enchantress on Halloween night. The story highlights themes of acceptance and the love between child and parent.
Reviews for Becoming The Enchantress…
“Becoming the Enchantress is unique in that it is written for children whose parent is the one discovering their dysphoria and seeking reassignment, rather than that of the child or teenager themselves.
Becoming the Enchantress fills a heretofore neglected niche in children’s literature. It conveys the struggle of a parent to find, in this case, her true identity, and the children’s loving acceptance of it. It should prove a useful resource for families with a transgender or non-binary parent.” –W. Luther Jett, retired Special Educator, Montgomery County Public Schools, author of Our Situation and Everyone Disappears
“Becoming the Enchantress is a beautiful story about a life-changing transition. It uses imagery that children can understand to discuss a difficult topic. The book details the emotions of someone who is learning how to be their true self. The story shows that while children may not fully understand the issue, they are accepting and are willing to love others for who they are.” –Stacy Whipp, M.Ed.
“A wonderful story for all ages of unconditional love and acceptance for people! Be true to who you are and love yourself and you will feel completely fulfilled. This story teaches us that no matter what, a person’s heart and soul is what defines them.” –Katherine R Stull, LCSW-C
“Becoming the Enchantress is a wonderful tale for anyone who has questioned their identity or has loved someone doing so. It treats the delicate subject in the most loving way possible, with gorgeous illustrations, spotlighting the magic that positive self-image and family acceptance can create.” –Michelle Zibrat, Art Educator
“I am both the parent of a trans child and a therapist that supports transitioning children, teens and adults. I love Becoming the Enchantress as it is a lovely story that explains the need to transition from your sex assigned at birth to your true self. Children will connect both with the Wizard and his family in this story. Using the experience of “trying on” a different persona is a lovely way to introduce the children to the wizard and the concept of transitions.” –Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, NSCCT, MA, RP, Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist
From Loving Healing Press
Juvenile Fiction/LGBTQ, Juvenile Fiction/Family/Parents, Juvenile Fiction/Family/Alternative Family
Also available in audio!
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I feel like many times, I read these stories that are meant for children and feel like they are really meant for closed minded adults. Children seem to be so much more loving, accepting, and open minded that a book such as Becoming the Enchantress wouldn’t phase them.
I felt the story did a great job explaining the feelings of the Wizard to the children. It wasn’t a big “to do” for the Wizard to become an Enchantress because the Wizard was happier as the Enchantress – something the children could see. All they wanted was for them to be happy and if that meant transitioning from a ‘he’ to a ‘she’, then that is what should be done.
The lesson within the book really is for adults more so than children, in my opinion.
I enjoyed the book. It was a quick, easy read that younger kids can read and understand. The lesson within the story was simple and straight forward, without going into a lot of information. It would make an excellent conversation starter for a parent or family going through a similar transition.
About the author
Kristin Kowalski Ferragut teaches, plays guitar, hikes, supports her children in becoming who they are meant to be, and enjoys the vibrant writing community in the DMV. She is the author of the children’s book Becoming the Enchantress: A Magical Transgender Tale (Loving Healing Press, 2021). Her poetry has appeared in Beltway Quarterly, Nightingale and Sparrow, Bourgeon, Mojave He[Art] Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Fledgling Rag, and Little Patuxent Review among others. Kristin’s poetry collection Escape Velocity is due to be released soon.
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