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.
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.
"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
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.