Carpenter’s Jones pens 'Princess Puff'

Carpenter’s Jones pens 'Princess Puff'
Posted on 01/25/2021
Carpenter’s Jones pens 'Princess Puff'

Ariel Jones was inspired by her daughter to write a children’s book. “Princess Puff” is the finished product, and Jones self-published the book last month, a book signing will be held at The Bosslight in Nacogdoches 1-3 p.m., Jan. 30.

“I wrote this to inspire young girls to fall in love with their natural hair,” said Jones, who’s in her first year teaching Pre-K students at Emeline Carpenter Elementary and fourth year overall.

Jones first began writing the book a couple of years ago but didn’t get around to finishing up the publishing process until last month. Her daughter, Kennedy, is now age 5.

Jones said she hopes to broaden the perspective for others, particularly young Black girls who oftentimes hear conflicting messages about their physical appearance, such as those with curly, puffy hair.

Writing a book just seemed a natural step for the Nacogdoches native.

“I’m a teacher, and I love reading,” said Jones. “I’ve read to my daughter literally before she came out of the womb.”

Jarred Hicks, Jones’ brother, illustrated the book.

Jones is from Nacogdoches and is a graduate of Alto High School. She’s received her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.

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