Monday, March 3, 2014

Snow White's Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale *Review

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.

  • How sad for Snow's mom Ivy, that she hid her daughter away as soon as she was born and saw that she had vitiligo (most people with Vitiligo don't get it until they are in their adult years). Ivy hid her away so that noone saw her, forcing her to write children's stories. What an uncaring mother!
    When Snow was able, she ran away into the forest to escape Ivy. She lived with some dwarfs for a bit, and was tricked by a witch with an apple. (Sound a bit like the traditional fairy tale?) The prince loved Snow White even with her white patches, thinking she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her heart captured his love.

    This is one of the very few stories that I have found that share Vitiligo with young readers. My daughter has had Vitiligo since she could remember, though her patches get more intense each year. Her patches are symmetrical and on most of her body. I liked that their was a 'princess' she could relate to in a story. Vitiligo does affect all races. The story has an African American girl, where vitiligo is more prominent.

    I do wish there was a little more background into what Vitiligo is, that it is not contagious or painful. Some more information to help spread the word about the truth of this skin condition.

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