Hey friends! Sorry about the month-long pause, things have been a flurry of activity in May. I thought we could jump-start our ailing blog with a guest post from my wonderful friend, Katelyn! She’s an elementary school teacher, great friend, and always has excellent children’s book recommendations. Here is one of her favorites:
Stories contain life altering power, whether they are real or not—the power to give hope and the power to dash it, the power to give life and the power to take it away. In Shadow Spinner, Susan Fletcher drops the reader in the middle of One Thousand and One Nights. This Middle Eastern legend tells of a woman named Shaharzad who saves her own life as well as the lives of many other women in the kingdom by harnessing the power stories hold and using it against the formidable Sultan. Determined not to repeat the heartbreak caused by the infidelity of his first wife, he was set on marrying a new wife each night and then killing her the next morning. Every night, Shaharzad (the Sultan’s newest wife) relates only a portion of a story to the Sultan, breaking off just in time to leave the Sultan in suspense for another night. But the stories are starting to run out.
This is where our protagonist, Majaran, enters the scene. Orphaned, crippled, and a talented storyteller herself, she is fascinated with the power stories hold. She soon finds herself being sold to the palace to assist Shaharzad in her fight for survival. Majaran must find the courage to perform the forbidden task of leaving the harem to collect more stories in order to preserve not only Shaharzad’s life but the lives of all women throughout the kingdom.
This thrilling tale is one you’ll want to read again and again. It’s been at the top of my favorites list for years!!! It has taught me about the strength of love, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of courage. I give it two thumbs up, five stars, and a 10 out of 10.