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“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read.”
Summary: Colin is a clumsy prince; Prue is a princess who doesn't want to get married; Sam is a prince from a tiny castle (who loves a rich princess named Sara); and Percy was the loneliest prince in the Kingdom who decided to kidnap a princess. Read the stories together, or follow along with the CD. This is a chapter book with four stories for developing readers. It has a CD so young readers can follow along.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter, short chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 10; read yourself: 5 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child prefers to listen to the CD and follow along. S/He is more interested in listening to "real" princes and princesses than to Mom and Dad.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun set of stories. Each is short enough to keep a child's attention. We like that the CD does more than just read the story for the child. There are listen-along and read-along versions for each story.
Pros: The collection is a perfect way to introduce (or reinforce) chapter books. The CD allows for independent listening and reading, which is handy to have when it's time to cook supper. Each story also has a purpose (moral) that can lead to discussions after the fact.
Cons: None, really ... unless you are tired of reading about princes and princesses.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice complement to the other books kids use for learning to read, but it isn't one that will keep their interest much beyond a couple of readings.
Educational Themes: The stories offer traditional morals (judging others, sharing, friendship) that you can talk about if you want to go beyond the story. The true value, though, is in the material itself as supplementary reading material.