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Product details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439250758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439250754
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,089,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Umbreen Asghar received a bachelor's degree in English with honours from The University of North London. She has worked with college students whose first language is not English and collaborated with lecturers to provide assistance to students of varying aptitudes. Currently, she works with primary level children in London, England where she lives. Her daughter, a dear sort of English princess also serves as the author's muse. Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest is her first book.

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The author captured the curious and adventurous behavior of many a seven year old in the story. The characters were very creative. ... The illustrations were fabulous ... sure to capture a child's attention.
--Ahgoo Review

The lively, bright illustrations add a wonderful fairytale feel to the story and are not to be missed. ... and I suspect youngsters will want this story read over and over.
--Feathered Quill

"Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest" is a lushly illustrated children's tale about a curious and daring Spanish princess who decides to explore a mysterious dark forest alone. --Midwest Review

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A captivating and magical tale, Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest, by children's author Umbreen Asghar is the sort of tale that sparks the imagination and fuels a child's curiosity. With lavish, highly stylized illustrations by Diane Lucas, this beginning children's book introduces a curious Spanish princess named Zaara. She's seven and the only thing she wants in the whole wide kingdom is to explore the forest that is just beyond her empire, so when she gets a chance, she jumps at it. She discovers that the forest is all she has ever heard or dreamed about, and there in the mesmerizing dark folds, keeping her royal lineage a secret, she makes friends. They're a curious lot. There's Morgan the Giant, Elvin the Elf, Banji the Bear and Tiffany-Annabel, all who bring something special to the group. When an evil wood spirit puts a spell on her new pals, Zaara shows courage and tenacity befitting the best sort of princess-the kind that is a friend first.

Spellbinding and filled with smart humour, Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest describes a delightful place. It is a place of hidden mysteries, secret smiles, and lots of laughter, not to mention a young princess who wants to be more than royalty. This little will-be-queen-someday wants to be an adventurer--and a really good friend. With elegant illustrations by Diane Lucas, this timeless fairytale is a very special beginning children's book for your little princess or prince.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary87 on 12 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
A truly wonderful children's picture book that uses beautiful illustrations to bring Zaara's story to life. The author uses words to excite and inspire the imagination of the younger target audience, taking them through the story in a very descriptive way. This is a great book for children who are just begining to read and familiarise themselves with words, as the story manages to carry them through each enchanting page with very vivid, yet simple language. Moreover, the author uses the traditionally loved fairy tale structure as a basis, refreshing it with a modern twist to captivate young minds.

Working within a local library in London, we have all found this book to be an exciting addition to children's literature. From the cover to the last page, each plate is captivating with illustrations and a heart warming story that is sure to be loved by all young readers. We have certainly thought so- a fantastic debut by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Year 3 Teacher on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a Year 3 Teacher working in West London. Umbreen came into our school during book week and introduced the children to her book Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest. The children really enjoyed the story and, as they were writing adventure stories in their Literacy unit, were able to pick out some of the features in that genre in Umbreen's firy tale. The story was of perfect length for a class reader especially for a project that lasted for a week. We were able to imitate parts of the story using drama. Moreover both our book and writer talk were much improved from having the author in our class. The feedback I got from the children was that they loved the story, and this was universal whether they were boys or girls. They loved the pictures and despite the book being quite short were sympathetic towards the characters. I would say the book was perfect for children up to the age of 8 or 9, but feel the content means that older children would not be as engaged by it. Umbreen was fantastic with the children and they were fascinated by the process of producing a book, and were ready with ideas for a sequel!It would be great to see Umbreen in our school again when she produces her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F.Adam on 3 April 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This story is about a girl called Zaara who is a princess. She always wanted to go to the forest, but her mother and father wouldn't let her go until she is older. Zaara would find a way, so when she was having a lesson with her tutor, her tutor fell asleep and she took her chance.

She makes new friends in the forest, but a sad, dark spirit named Mischievo was lurking in the forest and conjured a spell so that Banji and Morgan started fighting with each other. Mischievo wasn't evil, he was sad because he had no friends.

I really enjoyed this book. My favourite part of the story is when the spell is cast and the characters start to behave differently and my favourite character is Banji the bear because he is fast moving and funny. The pictures looked good on my kindle, they were sharp and had depth and added a good visual effect to the story.
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When I first got this book I let my son have a look at it on his own first and he oo'd and ahhh'd over the beautiful illustrations for quite a long time, each page getting careful scrutiny. "Mummy, it's beautiful!" where his first words after receiving it. Then we settled down for some magical story-time.

The first read through we did went rather slowly as there were quite a few words he hadn't come across before and it took me a while to explain their meaning. At first I thought he wasn't enjoying it so much as he had such a frown on his face, but when asked he said, `Don't stop Mummy, I'm just concentrating'.

Since that first day we have read this book maybe 4 or 5 times and he still loves the story and has specifically requested it at bedtime on a couple of occasions. He acts out some bits of it as I'm reading and he's even had a go at reading some of the smaller words himself. In fact when I went to find the book this morning so that I could give it a re-read myself before writing this review, I couldn't find it anywhere. It eventually turned up in his bed as he'd obviously been looking at it again himself last night.

R had some favourite characters - Princess Zaara "she's so pretty!" and the little fairy Tiffany-Annabel "because she throws magic dust around and makes magic happen". He wasn't so keen on Banji and I could see why. Although the character in the book was funny, the pictures of him where a little scary. It was the eyes. You might just be able to see him in the trees on the book cover - like a teddy bear.

His favourite part of the story was when Tiffany-Annabel arrives and magically makes all the flowers looks bright and pretty. He also thought it was hilarious when the nasty man made one of the characters bark like a dog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy on 3 April 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
My children all loved this book which caters for quite a large age range. My 10, 8 and 4 year old all loved it with its original ideas and fantasic illustrations makes this a must for all young readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naz on 14 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book, its quite colourful and full of surprises.
It reminded me of my childhood stories and i would love to buy it for my 8 years old nephew.
I would recommend it for all teachers and parents to introduce it to the young readers.I am sure they are going to love this!!!
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