A children’s LGBTI themed fairytale book about a prince falling in love with a young farmhand.
The books timely release on Valentine’s Day after a successful crowdfunding campaign.
The new picture book “Promised Land” is by New Zealanders Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds (pictured, below), who said they started the Kickstarter campaign last year because they wanted to “write the story that our 8-year-old selves needed.”
In the book, released this week, a young Prince and a farm boy meet in an enchanted forest. Their newfound friendship soon blossoms into love.
Things complicate when the Queen’s sinister new husband seeks control over the forest. The farm boy’s family are protecting.
Chaz said firstly the important for children to see themselves represented in books and being able to find characters they can identify with growing up.
“If you don’t see yourself in stories, you don’t see yourself in the world. I grew up without any stories to show me ‘Happily Ever After’ could exist if I was gay,” he said.
Therefore makes coming to terms with your sexuality a very isolating and traumatic experience for many young people.
“With everything happening in the world right now, we need to change the message of fear and intolerance towards anyone who is different.”
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