Saturday, 23 March 2013

The Girl with a Brave Heart

I have been very excited to tell everybody about our new book ' The  Girl with a Brave Heart ' and it seems that lots of you are quickly falling in love with little Shiraz. Throughout the past few weeks I have read many great reviews, including this one from the NewYork Times, all of delight in the celebration of girl power. 

The book tells the tale of Shiraz, a kindhearted young girl growing up in Tehran, has a miserable life at home with her stepmother and stepsister, who treat her like a servant. When the wind blows Shiraz’s ball of wool into the garden next door, she spends the day helping and caring for the old lady who lives there, with miraculous results. Then her stepmother sends her own daughter off on the same mission . . . but will the results be the same? Originally written in Hebrew this book is a re-working of the Brothers Grimm story 'Mother Holle '. With amazingly warm illustrations by Vali Mintzi, The Girl with a Brave Heart is fast becoming my favourite Barefoot book, it truly is beautiful. Aimed at 4-10 year old, this book is too advanced for my 18 month old but as with a lot of Barefoot Books, you can simply share the vibrant images with children who are younger and move on to telling the story as the child grows. 

To enhance the story, there is a craft activity based on the story, for children and carers to make together and have a bit of fun. The Activity encourages you to be creative and make your own Middle Eastern mosaic tile and can be downloaded from here . I made a few tile with my daughter yesterday and we both had lots of fun sticking bit and pieces here and there

If you would like to buy a copy of the book then make sure you use discount code FIRST2014 in order to get 20% off. 

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