A children’s fairytale book about a prince falling in love with a young farmhand was released on Valentine’s Day after a very 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 and their newfound friendship soon blossoms into love. But things get complicated when the Queen’s sinister new husband seeks control over the forest that the farm boy’s family are protecting.
Chaz said it was important for children to be able 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 that ‘Happily Ever After’ could even exist if I was gay,” he said.
“That 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.”