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Book: Snow White’s Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale
Author: Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Dan Goodfellow
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1615992072 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1615992073 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1615992065 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1615992065 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://www.JewelKats.com (author), http://www.dangoodfellow.co.uk (illustrator), http://www.LHPress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 6-9
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kats, Jewel. Snow White’s Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale (published in 2013 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). What is vitiligo? Is it a person, place, or thing? Ivy is a very rich and beautiful but extremely vain woman with a magic mirror which tells her that she is the finest-looking woman of all. However, she has a daughter with a condition known as vitiligo, having seven patches of white skin. Named Snow White, the daughter develops a flair for writing when she grows up and is kept hidden away in a shed to write children’s stories. One day she learns that her mother is claiming to be the author of her now-famous stories. Escaping into the forest, she meets a strong, handsome man at a waterfall, but is scared, runs away, and is taken in by a dwarf family. She decides to write a love story about the man at the waterfall. No sooner is the book done than a mysterious but strangely familiar old woman comes to the door selling apples. Snow White bites into one and falls down poisoned. What will happen to her? And will she ever see the young man again?
This third book in Loving Healing Press’s Fairy Ability Tales Series is a modern-day fairy story with the classical theme of good conquering evil. It highlights the issue of vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of parts of the skin. The cause of vitiligo is unknown, but the most common form tends to appear in symmetric patches, sometimes over large areas of the body. Can you guess what Snow White’s seven patches resemble? Hint: it’s not dwarfs. There are all the familiar Snow White ingredients of a magic mirror, poisoned apple, dwarfs, and romance, but there are also some important lessons, one of which is that “beauty is within the eye of the beholder.” Also, young readers with vitiligo will look at their own skin patches in a different light. The loving dwarf family illustrates the importance of helping people in need. And the subject of plagiarism and the hurt that it can cause are dealt with. Personally, I didn’t think that Snow White’s Seven Patches discussed its topic as sensitively as the other books in the series, but it is still a fun tale with some very practical messages, and Kindle and ePub editions are also available.