Author Weaves Reality of Chronic Illness into Fairytale that Helps Children Build Self Esteem and Face Fears


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Author Weaves Reality of Chronic Illness into Fairytale
that Helps Children Build Self Esteem and Face Fears

Updated for Today, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift Helps
Children Appreciate, Not Just Tolerate, Others

 CHICAGO (October 24, 2011) — A newly revised and updated version of the  beautifully illustrated fairytale Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift has been released just in time for Diabetes Awareness Month in November and the December holidays. Authored by Sheila N. Glazov, the book  can be found on Amazon, at, or through the publisher, SLACK Books, for $18.95.

Originally published in 1997, over the years Glazov has received hundreds of letters and testimonials regarding Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift, convincing her that it was worth updating the tale. In this version, she takes the unusual step of incorporating some of the ideas that readers have shared with her. The introduction and chapter discussions have been augmented and more information is given as to how the book can be used with children. In addition, the captivating illustrations are brighter and refreshed.

For 15 years parents, grandparents and teachers have been reading Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift with their children as a way to help them understand and appreciate strengths and differences in themselves and others. Children learn that no one is perfect – not even princesses – and that everyone has something to offer to the “kingdom.” The “Invisible, Visible Gift” that is referenced in the book’s title is self-esteem, which is a gift that is invisible but can clearly be seen and felt by others when you have it. Princess Shayna demonstrates her self-confidence by stepping forward to serve others.

In the book, Princess Shayna earns and shares her gift with the Kingdom of Kindness while completing a frightening and daunting quest to unite the four villages that have been separated by an evil force – the same evil force that inflicted her life-threatening disease for which she must take a magic elixir every day in order to live. Along the way, she meets many villagers and learns to appreciate their unique strengths and differences. Her accepting perspective of the Kingdom and her own special gifts allow her to harmoniously unite all the villagers. She meets magical characters in her quest like Sarah Spundah the silver spider, as well as the frightening Meevillian, a sorceress who plots to stop the princess from completing her Vision Quest and who schemes to control the Kingdom of Kindness.

Glazov says the main character in the book also can be used to teach children who are facing chronic illnesses important lessons about dealing with challenges and not being self-consumed by those challenges. For Glazov, whose family is touched by diabetes, the story illustrates that a chronic disease does not have to stop you from accomplishing great things with your life.

Glazov notes that teachers have used the book as part of their school’s anti-bullying and/or diversity campaigns with remarkable results. By giving children an easy-to-understand, fun and non-judgmental vocabulary about differences, Glazov has helped students positively change relationships with peers and teachers immediately and spontaneously.

“Students immediately pick up the concepts and naturally begin to use them at school, on the playground and at home,” she notes.

Glazov said  her children’s book grew out of her earlier book for adults,  What Color Is Your Brain?® (WCIYB?) That book focuses on helping people understand their personality types and how they influence their ability to relate to others, and how understanding others’ personality types creates opportunities for better communication. WCIYB? categorizes personality types by four primary colors.

The children’s book helps young readers understand that all colors – personality types – are needed for the Kingdom of Kindness to be harmonious and successful.

“When I speak about Brain Colors and conduct workshops, I notice that people immediately begin to wonder about their loved ones’ Brain Color,” said author Sheila N. Glazov. “They want to share what they’ve learned not only with their spouse, friends and co-workers, but with their children. Princess Shayna gives them a fun and educational way to do that.

“I created questions and discussion for each chapter so parents and teachers could talk about the messages of the story with their young listeners. My intent was for adults and children to read the story together rather than for children to read it on their own,” she added.

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About Sheila Glazov

Sheila N. Glazov is an internationally known “Green Brain” personality expert, “Yellow Brain” award-winning author, “Orange Brain” engaging professional speaker and “Blue Brain” passionate educator.

Sheila’s live events and books help people who are desperately seeking harmony in their lives. Knowing their Brain Colors helps them defuse the conflict in their workplaces and homes.

Sheila has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, LIFETIME and WGN TV. She has been interviewed on radio stations throughout the United States and in Brazil, as well as online. She was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and PRAVDA newspapers, iG (largest Brazilian internet portal), Happy Women (Portuguese magazine), Selling Power, HR, Women’s World, Chicago Parent, Seventeen and Enterprising Women magazines.

Princess Shayna
Category:  Children’s
On Sale: October 2011
Pages: 136 pp softcover
Price: $18.95
ISBN #: 978-1-61711-035-1
Publisher: SLACK Books


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