The Quiet Princess
by Natalie Rainbolt
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2017 | Archive Date 29 Jun 2022
The imagination of an autistic child is full of amazing adventures. Follow Gabriella on the first of her journeys. Lilly, the fairy princess asks Gabriella for help to defeat the chocolate eating ogre that is devastating the land. Gabriella must find the courage to confront the ogre and teach him right from wrong.
This is by far the best children's book about autism that I've ever personally read. My daughter is nonverbal and autistic. I've been looking for a book to read to her for some sense of solidarity and to read to her brother to help him better understand his sister. This book hit home for us, and as we read it, both her father and I started to tear up. I'm so grateful for the representation in this book. 10/10 would recommend this book to everyone, not just for autistic children.
What a wonderful story! Natalie Rainbolt's talent, imagination, and creativity really shine through with The Quiet Princess. I'm looking forward to seeing what she has in store for the wee ones in her next tale!
Love the story...the adventure...and the characters..easy to read and an overall great book to read to or with your littles❤ Looking forward to more stories from the talented Natalie Rainbolt!!
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Such a sweet book to read to your littles for bedtime that has such good representation of the autistic community and how kids are still the same no matter what. I really enjoyed reading this book to my babies and they loved it too!!
I deeply enjoyed this book. From the sweetness, to the creativity, to the illustrations definitely a five star read!
Pros: I love that children's books are becoming more and more inclusive of their audience and intentionally featuring children of different races, religions, abilities, etc This book features a neurodivergent child as its main character, which I love because I'm sure there are autistic children who will have never seen themselves reflected in a book until they read this book. And in this book their specialness is celebrated! Because of the style of the illustrations, I can see there being a coloring book version of this book.
Cons: None that I can think of.
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Written in verse, The Quiet Princess by Natalie Rainbolt seeks to explain some of the common characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder to younger audiences. Children with Autism might find it hard to communicate with their peers, seem indifferent and unresponsive in class often coming across as distant and rude. To ensure safe and secure environment for every child, it is essential to give kids a basic introduction on Autism especially those who have Autistic children in their surroundings. Keeping them in the dark may lead to inaccurate conclusions. Books like The Quiet Princess make the process easier. In the story, we meet Gabriella who acts slightly different from others and accompany her in her journeys to the land of chocolate sea. She can conjure up magical realms in her mind by only looking at fingerprints and so on. With compassion and warmth, the author relays an important message that irrespective of any differences, autistic children are unique and have exceptional abilities. The book is not 100% accurate but serves its purpose well. Learning Gabriella's story can be a great resource in enlightening young kids on Autism and spreading awareness. Also I loved the illustrations! They are childish and super cute.
This short graphic books takes us into the imagination of an autistic child named Gabriella where she goes on different adventures in her mind shows us that everyone has their own unique gift in life .
Yes! Absolutely yes! I cannot express how much I LOVE books with neurodivergent characters that focus on them as a person and not just their neurotype. It is so important to have this positive representation. I also think the coloring page at the beginning of the book is the sweetest considering the way the illustrations are done!
I really enjoyed reading this book about Gabriella, who is an autistic child who has lots of adventures inside her mind. We are taken inside her mind to see all of the adventures that she goes on, and this really opened my eyes to what goes on inside some autistic children's minds. It is wonderful to see that even though they are quiet and shy, and do not want to go outside much or communicate with other people much, they still have a lot of fun within themselves, in their own world.
The graphics in the book are lovely, as they are hand drawn. The text is told in a rhyming fashion, which is fun. I highly recommend this beautiful book.
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Thank you so much to Indigo River Publishing and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
This was so beautiful and magical, what a precious way of sharing a story about an autistic child and their deep wild imaginations that they just cannot share with others. It’s a great book for sharing and to helping other children understand them just a little bit more.
Gabriella escapes into her lands within her mind, saving the day, making friends and stopping chocolate eating monsters. These are just all in her mind and are her incredibly magical lands only she creates and can form with very little to start making the world. She sits quietly before others but her mind is having an adventure.
It such a sweet story and it’s illustrations were so adorable they looked hand drawn and were so cute, they really added an extra effect into the story. I love that a book about an autistic child like this exists it’s so important as so many children have it and so many children still don’t understand it.
This book a perfect book to share with a young child due to the lessons they could learn from it and understanding they could gain, but also because it was such a fun adventure and a really sweet to look at too.