The Enchanted People

In the USA, The Enchanted People is available at Barnes and Noble, Target, Guernica, or by request at your local bookstore!

In Canada, The Enchanted People is available on Amazon, Indigo, Guernica, or by request at your local bookstore! You can also request a signed copy from Jennifer Pool by filling out the form on the “Contact Us” page.

The Enchanted People is a humanitarian fairytale about a young girl named, Wawatay, who lives away from her village as an outcast because she is different; all the people in her village have an enchanted power except for her, and so, she is not accepted by them. While living in solitude, Wawatay finds an injured baby sparrow and begins to care for her despite ridicule and discouragement from her people. When Baby Bird grows up and asks Wawatay to teach her to fly, Wawatay embarks on a journey across the Earth to seek help from her animal friends and learn the secret to flying. Along the way, Wawatay discovers a secret about herself – she has an enchanted power after all. She must decide if she will use it to help save her animal friends and plead with her people to change their habits – which are destroying Mother Earth – or if she will continue to stay away in fear. Readers may also discover a secret from this book: just like the first Enchanted People to walk the earth, each of us is born with unique gifts. Are you using your powers for good?

The Friends Meet Bat – Illustration by David Dodson
Giraffe Gives a Flying Lesson – Illustration by David Dodson
Penguin Provides Directions – Illustration by David Dodson
The author with two of the animals that inspired her book. Photo by Rebecca Sprau

For any child who feels at home in the company of animals, “The Enchanted People” will become a treasured story. Pool has woven a tale full of lessons about the unexpected twists and turns along the journey to recognizing one’s own strengths. Perseverance, and support from just the right friends, pays off along this winding road. “The Enchanted People” will inspire children to keep searching, to value their strengths and be true to themselves, and ultimately, to care for each other and for the earth. 

Catherine Wagner, Evolutionary Biologist, University of Wyoming
Horse Goes for a Swim – Illustration by David Dodson

As a humane educator, one of my goals is to help young people develop the attitudes they need to help other animals and the environment. Stories can be a highly effective tool for teaching humane attitudes, and Jennifer Pool’s The Enchanted People: A Humanitarian Fairytale is an excellent example of this potential. The story’s protagonist, Wawatay, is a young person who embodies the attitudes of compassion and courage. She serves as a powerful role model for recognizing the intrinsic value of all animals and amplifying the voices of those animals who are often overlooked. I looked forward to sharing this story with my students and colleagues and witnessing its positive impact on them.

Stephen Vrla, PhD, humane educator, Detroit ZOO