About this project
About the book: “Twirling Skirts of Magic” is written by Esther Marie and Illustrated by Emily Ann Moore. The story is about a girl named Emery who wears skirts she believes are magical because she can be anything she imagines! Emery thinks it’s her skirts that make her unique and special. But, later on in the story she is taught a lesson that it’s not what she wears that make her unique, but she is special just by being herself. She is then taught the value of sharing and is able to use her favorite skirts to help other little girls.
I am so excited to introduce you to a girl named Emery who loves to twirl in her “Twirling Skirts of Magic”! This story was inspired by two little girls whose passion for twirling in skirts exceeded my greatest imaginations! The main character is named after my niece Emery. I wrote the story after returning from a trip to Cambodia where I met little girls who were rescued from a life of sex trafficking. I wanted to write a book that carried a message of value and captured the heart of innocence for little girls. Twirling in skirts is a symbol for childhood. Every girl deserves to be protected, valued and treasured and enjoy girlhood. I love the story because the core value speaks to both women and girls. The strength that we find in just being ourselves will catapult us into achieving our dreams and changing the world.
Emily graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design and currently resides in Oakland, California where she is a freelance illustrator. Emily loves wearing skirts and dresses! She enjoys twirling and dancing around her little home with her husband and two kitties. When she is not twirling she's eating chocolate chip cookies, flying kites or sewing. She is so excited to use her illustrations to teach little girls how special they are through the book "Twirling Skirts of Magic."
What does it teach kids? The book teaches little girls not to find their sense of self worth in material things, but to realize that they are beautiful just the way they are. It educates them about orphans and encourages them to share what they have to help other kids around the world.
What does it teach parents? This book is a great conversation starter for parents to talk to their kids about issues such as orphan care and even child slavery. There is a strong emphasis on the relationship between Emery and her mother. The story encourages mothers to engage in conversation with their daughters and take action to change the world together.
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