Book Discovery: Fresja and the Magical Mirror by Jenny Braun
An uplifting story perfect for children of all ages.
— The BookWalker
In the eyes of a child, a butterfly is always a beauty to behold, but little Fresja doesn’t seem to think so. Fresja is a small butterfly who is yet to learn what real beauty is.
Fresja, the butterfly, went through a fantastic transformation from being a small egg on a leaf to a hungry, leaf-eating caterpillar. When she had grown enough from her eating binge, she formed into a pupa, and her metamorphosis began. Metamorphosis is the transformation of a pupa to an adult butterfly. The caterpillar makes a cocoon around its tiny body, and the transformation happens inside. When the process is completed, a beautiful butterfly will slowly emerge from the envelope.
After all the transformation she’s been through, Fresja comes out of her cocoon not knowing how special she is. The big world is full of beautiful things like flowers, ladybugs, and even more colorful butterflies. Next, to them, Fresja feels very ordinary until, one day, Fresja finds a magical mirror. She looks into the mirror and oh my! Fresja meets an extraordinary butterfly none other than Fresja herself!
Fresja is beyond ecstatic. She calls her friends so they can try out the mirror and see how lovely they are too.
Author Jenny Braun is an elementary school teacher who has seen the prevalence of low self-esteem and anxiety among students. She hopes that Fresja and the Magical Mirror will help children perceive themselves differently and learn to love and accept who they are. It teaches them that when we love and appreciate ourselves, we can love and understand others.
This wonderfully illustrated book is set to make a difference in the lives of young readers. And then they too can make a difference in the world.
Reviews and What Readers Say
" Fresja and the Magic Mirror is a beautiful book about self love. Our 8 year old loves the story, especially the surprise at the end of the book. Jenny has created a book that is relatable and inspiring . Highly recommended, especially as a gift for a special child in your life."
—Perele, Amazon Readers Review, Verified Purchase
" My kids were spellbound by this book. And what’s even greater is that it helps their self esteem!"
—Taryn Greenberg, Amazon Reader's Review, Verified Purchase
What Parents Need To Know
Fresja and the Magical Mirror by Jenny Braun gently encourages children to embrace the uniqueness of everyone and to remember to love themselves too. This book is a great way to introduce the topic of self love and care for others to youngsters.
Reviewed by Amy Alcott
Disclosure: This article is a personal endorsement of the professional reviewer. The BookWalker is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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About The Author
Jenny Braun lives in South Africa. She has spent 20 years in the classroom and over five years volunteering in hospitals and homes sharing love and joy with the children as part of The Upliftment Programme.
She has witnessed all too often the prevalence of low self-esteem and anxiety amongst the kids and wanted to help children perceive themselves differently.Ultimately Jenny wants all people to love and accept themselves for who they are.
"I'm passionate about encouraging little and big people to believe in themselves and to be inspired by their own stories. I encourage everyone to colour outside of the lines and embrace their individual magnificence. "My hope is that my stories open hearts and lift the spirits of all those who read them. Making the world a happier place one "goggo" (insect) at a time."