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Book: Becoming the Enchantress: A Magical Transgender Tale
Author: Kristin Kowalski Ferragut
Illustrator: Coley Dolmance Ferragut
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1615995639 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1615995633 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1615995622 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1615995625 Paperback
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 5 – 7
Rating: No stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Ferragut, Kristin Kowalski. Becoming the Enchantress: A Magical Transgender Tale (Published in 2021 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). A wizard, the father of a son and daughter, is taking his two children for trick or treat on Halloween, the girl dressed as a dragon and the boy as a knight. Along the way, several people mistakenly call the wizard “ma’am” or “m’lady,” and he likes it, even though the boy thinks, “He’s a sir,” so he decides to transition into an enchantress, or as the son says, “Sure, be a ‘she.’ As long as you still go out and play with me.” So the wizard drinks a magic potion, and as the daughter exclaims, “You’re now a woman.” The subject of this book is made clear by the subtitle and the description that says, “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.”
In discussing this issue, first I must say that all human beings, whether we agree with their lifestyle choices or not, deserve respect as those created in God’s image. Some people apparently think that conservatives want to round up every lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, etc., person and burn all of them at the stake. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can love individuals even though we do not accept or condone their lifestyle, and the fact that we refuse to endorse or promote their lifestyle does not mean that we are being hateful. Different people have varying standards. Those of us whose standards are based on the Bible as God’s inspired word kindly but firmly believe that the transgender movement is something wrong and not to be applauded.
Folks who have other standards will think differently. One reviewer called the book “a beautiful story about a life-changing transition.” Another said that it “is a wonderful tale for anyone who has questioned their identity or has loved someone doing so.” Still another wrote, “I am both the parent of a trans child and a therapist that supports transitioning children, teens and adults.” So the bottom line is if you want your children to have a positive view of transgender situations, then this book is for you. But if you believe that transgederism is not in harmony with God’s will, you will not like or want this book and likely will view it as propaganda for the LGBTQ+ crowd, especially because it features animal characters which meet children at their level of magical wonderment, where developmentally all things are possible without judgment. I for one CANNOT recommend Becoming the Enchantress.