New Book from Jewel Kats Tells Empowering Tale of Hansel, a Brave Boy with Down Syndrome


Ann Arbor, MI (October 06, 2014) – From the award-winning author of Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale comes another empowering children’s book, Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down syndrome Twist (Loving Healing Press, October 2014).hanselandgretelfrontcover

This adaptation of the classic Grimms’ tale includes the wicked witch and the poor siblings in search of food; but in this version Jewel Kats’ main character, Hansel, is a mischievous, yet courageous, five-year-old boy with Down syndrome.

Young readers of the book will get the message that children with Down syndrome are capable and can achieve extraordinary success with determination. Hansel’s story will also teach by example that people cannot be judged by appearance; a princess or a hero can be hidden within. Jewel Kats’ insightful story is brought to life with enchanting illustrations in wool by fiber artist Claudia Marie Lenart. Also making the book special is the dreamy style achieved by the artist with needle felted wool – a first in childrens’ book illustration.

Praise for Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down syndrome Twist

“I love that this book addresses not only the low expectations that society has of kids with Down syndrome but that the Mother has as well. What a gifted author to see past the diagnosis and tell a magical story of potential and belief!”

––Nancy Gianni, Founder & Gigi’s Mom, GiGi’s Playhouse: Down Syndrome Achievement Centers


“This story would help young readers look beyond disabilities and focus on the characters of those who have special needs. Claudia’s breathtaking illustration take this beloved tale to a whole new level.”

––Shaila Abdullah, author of My Friend Suhana

About the Author

For six years, Jewel Kats penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and TorStar Syndication Service (Canada). Her books have been featured in Ability Magazine twice and she appeared in a documentary series by the Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) in 2012. Kats has been featured in a number of major media outlets, including WKBW-TV and The Toronto Star. Visit her website to read more about her work.


For orders and queries, contact:

Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9627


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