When it comes to fairy tales, they don’t often include characters with special needs. Author Jewel Kats decided to change that and adapted the classic Grimm’s tale of Hansel and Gretel to include a hero with Down syndrome: Hansel& Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist
is an enchanting story about how kindness overcomes callousness and leads to a delightful reward. The tale includes the wicked witch and the poor siblings in search of food, but in this version, 5-year-old Hansel is a mischievous boy with Down syndrome.
This inspiring and empowering tale teaches young readers the importance of not judging appearances and that children with developmental disabilities are capable of achieving amazing success.
True to the original story, this version shows how an act of kindness can transform the world and the importance of family. Best of all, it teaches that a hero can be hidden within all of us, especially those with special needs.