Stella, the little princess of the Village of the Mirror, disappeared years ago. The only hope for the end of her parents’ tears is the water spring in the woods and its mysterious message that no one really understands.
Book: The Little Girl Behind the Mirror
Author: Matteo Astone
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Stella, the little princess of the Village of the Mirror, disappeared years ago. The only hope for the end of her parents’ tears is the water spring in the woods and its mysterious message that no one really understands. One day a little gypsy girl appears, tender and bewildered, with two carefree pigtails and a milky-coffee mark on her cheek. She is the only one with the special gift of being able to speak to the spring. In the magic of its reflections, she comes to know Princess Stella who speaks of the coming of a red star.
The people in the village make fun of the little gypsy, but she has Patapa, the local madman who holds a surprising gift of wisdom in a box that everyone thinks is empty. Then there is Nini, a true friend who loves to fire at the leaves with his slingshot and run in the Field of Wonders. There is also the elderly Hale, who understands the appeal and the danger of the spring and knows that it hides a secret for each of us.
I loved the premise of this book. The story is promising and the synopsis makes you curious over what might happen next. It’s deep, imaginative and exciting to explore!
My only issue is, and I’m going to take a wild guess here, this book might be translated from another language. As there seems to be something slightly off with the wording. Which was confusing and took away from the whole reading and world building experience. As you are reading along, you can’t help but feel like something important was lost in translation. At times you can almost understand what the author is trying to convey while unfortunately in others, its completely lost.
If it wasn’t translated…oh boy.. we might have an issue. BUT, I chose to give this book the benefit of the doubt.
From the style and voice of the author, its clear that in it’s original language he conveys a sense of whimsy and magic. Unfortunately, that wasn’t very prominent here. Therefore, to be fair in my review, I’ll be safe and give it a three star rating.
All in all, this would be very appealing to young independent readers. As it explores deeper themes such as prejudice, acceptance, having faith, patience and so much more.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest voluntary review.
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