Updated: Mar 20
The Prince Who was a Piccolo, by Barbara Roman, is a children's book about a young boy, the son of a King, who tries to please his father by following a path the King believes is best suited to him on the road to ultimately becoming King himself. The young boy is constantly faced with unhappiness and failure as he attempts to be something, he is not. As a result, the kingdom falls into a depressed state as his mood worsens. Without spoiling this magical story, there is a wonderful message in this book that is both contemporary and inspiring. We see in this young boy the same fate that many people face when they try to live according to someone else's ideals and dreams, and not their own. When they fail to follow the path that makes them happy, but instead, concede to pressure from others and end up unhappy. If I were reading this story as a young child, it would have an impact on me, reminding me, or teaching me, to follow the path that makes me feel alive and happy. As an adult it reminds me that any happiness which I have truly found in my life are the times I did not compromise my dreams - no matter what others said, no matter the challenges I faced. I recommend this book for your children and yourself. It's a short read, but one that you will no doubt read to them many times.
Review by International Writers Inspiring Change
About Barb Roman
As Barbara Roman, I am the author of the children’s books, “Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13” and “Hubert in Heaven – a hi-tech angel gets his wings.”
At once whimsical and magical, they are filled with deeper meanings that touch on spiritual and metaphysical philosophies. The characters are delightful and relatable, and there are many teachable moments about friendship, courage, self-esteem, bullying, and how to achieve your “star” potential through the magic of believing.
As B. Roman, I am the author of The Moon Singer Trilogy, a YA metaphysical fantasy series (The Crystal Clipper, The War Chamber, The Wind Rose), as well as the prequel, “Before the Boy.”
I have also penned the critically acclaimed suspense fiction “Whatever Became of Sin?” and have just released a new suspense fiction, “A Man’s Face.”