Ninetta & Confidence
Perfectly Awkward Tales is a series of girl-powered fairy tale adventures, where self-acceptance is the hero. All 3 books in the series have won a Mom's Choice Gold Award for excellence in family-friendly products.
Ninetta is twelve years old and embarrassed about her strange talents. So embarrassed, she’d rather be invisible! Life is miserable being a weirdo, until Ninetta jumps down a wishing well and finds a magic garden where she feels right at home. But the garden has a secret. Can a weirdo be a hero? Ninetta isn’t sure, until she faces greedy King Ransack and discovers the power of her gift. Confidence.
Did you know there are many different Cinderella tales around the world? The oldest dates back to 600 B.C.
Ninetta is an Italian Cinderella, but she’s not your usual glass-slippered kind. Ninetta is the kind of girl who jumps feet first into adventure. Her gift is confidence.
Confidence doesn’t depend on what you look like or what you wear. It doesn’t mean that you are good at everything (no one is!) or that challenges are easy. Confidence means you do the best you can as often as you can. It grows through hard work and finding what gives you joy.
What interests you? Start there. Discovering your true talents often begins with things you like doing. The more time you spend at something, the better you get— especially if you love it.
The power of confidence is what you believe about yourself. Treat yourself like your best friend. Talk yourself up, not down. Encourage. Be kind. Believe that you can. Be patient when you can’t. Take yourself seriously, but not too seriously. Laughter is important.
Like Ninetta, we all doubt ourselves sometimes. Accept yourself as you are. Trust you will figure it out, and you will.
Authors Princess Ivana (a real princess), Magdalene Smith, and Marisa Smith are a multi-generational writing team. Together the two sisters and their mom have won 3 Mom's Choice Gold awards, a Mom's Choice Silver, a National Parenting Publications award, and SheKnows Editor's Choice and Best Book awards.
Illustrator Hanna Barczyk's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other major publications. She has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly and 3x3 (Magazine of Contemporary Illustration).
Paperback: 42 pages | Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches. Available in Print and Animated eBook.