Becoming the Enchantress is the story of a transgender parent that faces personal longing for change. Given the acceptance and encouragement of her children, the parent magically transforms from a Wizard into an Enchantress on Halloween night. The story highlights themes of acceptance and the love between child and parent.
Reviews for Becoming The Enchantress…
“Becoming the Enchantress is unique in that it is written for children whose parent is the one discovering their dysphoria and seeking reassignment, rather than that of the child or teenager themselves.
Becoming the Enchantress fills a heretofore neglected niche in children’s literature. It conveys the struggle of a parent to find, in this case, her true identity, and the children’s loving acceptance of it. It should prove a useful resource for families with a transgender or non-binary parent.” –W. Luther Jett, retired Special Educator, Montgomery County Public Schools, author of Our Situation and Everyone Disappears
“Becoming the Enchantress is a beautiful story about a life-changing transition. It uses imagery that children can understand to discuss a difficult topic. The book details the emotions of someone who is learning how to be their true self. The story shows that while children may not fully understand the issue, they are accepting and are willing to love others for who they are.” –Stacy Whipp, M.Ed.
“A wonderful story for all ages of unconditional love and acceptance for people! Be true to who you are and love yourself and you will feel completely fulfilled. This story teaches us that no matter what, a person’s heart and soul is what defines them.” –Katherine R Stull, LCSW-C
“Becoming the Enchantress is a wonderful tale for anyone who has questioned their identity or has loved someone doing so. It treats the delicate subject in the most loving way possible, with gorgeous illustrations, spotlighting the magic that positive self-image and family acceptance can create.” –Michelle Zibrat, Art Educator
“I am both the parent of a trans child and a therapist that supports transitioning children, teens and adults. I love Becoming the Enchantress as it is a lovely story that explains the need to transition from your sex assigned at birth to your true self. Children will connect both with the Wizard and his family in this story. Using the experience of “trying on” a different persona is a lovely way to introduce the children to the wizard and the concept of transitions.” –Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, NSCCT, MA, RP, Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist
From Loving Healing Press
Juvenile Fiction/LGBTQ, Juvenile Fiction/Family/Parents, Juvenile Fiction/Family/Alternative Family
Also available in audio!
Guest Review by Carly Wilson
Becoming the Enchantress is an illustrated short story which can be used as a conversation starter with children about the idea of gender being not only assigned at birth but chosen.
I fully believe that prejudice is taught and learnt, therefore, books such as this help bridge the gap towards understanding and help discuss a child’s confusion in perhaps knowing or observing someone who is in the process of transitioning.
This book is important, as everyone deserves to be comfortable in their own skin, and using a Wizard – a powerful and magical character as the person determining they are transgender, was empowering and a clever concept and touch to a sweet and easy to read story.
The illustrations are cartoons and the use of animals help capture the attention of a child, and help them to try and make literary connections before understanding and learning about transitioning. I thought the idea of a costume and hiding a true self was very poignant and thought provoking in its own way, you sensed the Wizard’s hesitation and concern about admitting they felt more at ease in a costume than in their ‘normal’ everyday attire.
What I found the most captivating about this story, was reading the authors summary on their reasoning and aim in creating the book. Everyone deserves to be able to live their truth, and I love the idea of it all being magical and special rather than wrong and frowned upon. It’s important to educate current generations now to help make the world better in the future, so fairness and understanding can be carried forward and stamp out prejudice once and for all.
A very clever read, and perfect not only for children but for their parents who may be needing guidance on educating their children about transgender individuals, or to explain their situation if it is something they themselves are going through.
Enjoy these excerpts…
About the author
Kristin Kowalski Ferragut teaches, plays guitar, hikes, supports her children in becoming who they are meant to be, and enjoys the vibrant writing community in the DMV. She is the author of the children’s book Becoming the Enchantress: A Magical Transgender Tale (Loving Healing Press, 2021). Her poetry has appeared in Beltway Quarterly, Nightingale and Sparrow, Bourgeon, Mojave He[Art] Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Fledgling Rag, and Little Patuxent Review among others. Kristin’s poetry collection Escape Velocity is due to be released soon.
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