My daughter has Hemihypertrophy, a condition which causes one side of her body to be larger than the other, although at this stage it does not affect her ability to do anything physically, she is now becoming much more aware of herself in comparison to other children. The Jess stories are motivational, warm, reaffirm that she can do anything she wants and that "it's OK to be different." I also love that we've now discovered some new books with female characters at the centre of the story!
A deceptively simple but powerful story with beautiful illustrations which I feel should by read by all parents/guardians with their children. It highlights the importance of how we're all different and yet our core human desire is to be treated equally, and so we should be.
Jess the fairy and her friend Helen are both disabled and know the reality of being treated differently. Together they are able to help a bird that was bullying Helen appreciate that this is wrong, by their kindness when the bird ends up in a situation needing help.
This well written in such a way that gets the message across in a subtle yet powerful way, making this book easily accessible by any adult hoping to share important message with children about valuing others. If this important message starts with the children of the next generation, hopefully the world will gradually become a better, fairer place.
I hope there will be more stories featuring Jess, Helen and their friends... and I hope many more people will buy this important and beautiful book.
I have purchased this book for my daughter for Christmas. She is a primary school teacher and I am sure will be keen to use it to encourage her students to learn from Jess the Goth Fairy. I love the illustrations: Jess is Cool!
You can see Jess and Jo discuss the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X_3L91lBvM&feature=youtu.be
This little book is inspired and inspiring. The imaginative story would help young children understand all about the issues of being different, and the illustrations are lovely. There's not a "preachy" note in the story - well done Jess and Jo. I think this would be a great stocking filler for young children.
I signed up to buy this book back in the summer as a pledge in support of the authors' crowdfunding campaign to self-publish the book, because it sounded a great project. My copy has just arrived in the post, so I've just seen it for the first time, and am very impressed. It is a lovely, upbeat story, gently conveying the message that disabled people are just like everyone else - and in the case of Jess the Goth Fairy, a bit of a hero too!
The disability is conveyed very sensitively, with Jess given lopsided wings that make her clumsier than the average fairy, and her sidekick bird friend Helen lacking a tail that makes her a less able flier. Together the two of them rescue an able-bodied bird and prove how special they are.
A lovely story that should have a place every primary school library. It would make a great stocking-filler too for any child around that age, as the season of goodwill fast approaches!
Well done, Jess, Jo and illustrator Emily Dale - I am very glad that I was able to support this speculative project, you've done your backers proud!
I love this book, a great story with a powerful message that tackles disability and bullying so well. Beautifully illustrated and well written. I look forward to seeing more books about Jess the Goth Fairy.