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Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest [Paperback]

Umbreen Asghar , Diane Lucas
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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439250758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439250754
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 25 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,996,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating fairytale 3 April 2011
By Amy
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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4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written Children's book 12 Mar 2011
By Mary87
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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5.0 out of 5 stars School visit 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Princess Zaara's Advenure 3 April 2011
By F.Adam
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Picture Perfect!! 28 Feb 2011
By waqas
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a good book to share with young readers. I read the story to my youngest nephew and he really liked the story. The pictures worked really well on my new kindle and we both enjoyed looking at the pictures again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great children's book 14 Feb 2011
By Naz
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Princess Zaara and the Enchanted Forest 20 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a total fraud!Although the product review sounds lovely,inside the book is total boring!This Umbreen Asghar and Diane Lucas have totally cheated me of my Father's money.They should not write!
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