Snow White’s Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale

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This is a modern-day story with the classical theme of good conquering evil. You’ll find the age-old ingredients of a magic mirror, poisonous apple, dwarfs, and romance here. However, this adaptation includes a vain mother who’s so clouded by beauty myths that she keeps her own daughter a secret, while plagiarizing the workings of her mind. Everything falls apart when the good mirror finally speaks the truth.

  • Young readers with vitiligo will look at their own skin patches with a unique lens, finding interesting shapes and stories behind each puffy cloud of white.
  • Readers will be introduced to the firsthand-hurt that plagiarism can cause through Snow White’s experience.
  • The loving dwarf family illustrates that helping people in need should be a priority in life.
  • Readers learn that not all princesses look alike.
  • The concept of “beauty is within the eye of the beholder” is exemplified by the prince and magic mirror.

The author emphasizes how to overcome adversity with creativity. She encourages children to maintain a healthy perspective about their physical appearance and reminds us that despite wickedness, we can move on and get about the business of life, letting serendipity take us to wonderful places in hope.

© 2011 Jewel Kats
Audience: Adolescents/Teens, Children, Parent