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THE GREAT PRINCESS CONTEST

Author: Stephanie Walsh

Illustrator: Chip Street

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Publisher: Aardvark Adventure Stories, Inc. ©2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Morning is here. Time for breakfast! Today we have cereal ... with a princess tiara in the box! The magic tiara takes us to the Kingdom of Bannanz, where there is a princess contest. As it is finishing up, a fire-breathing dragon interrupts the contest. This personalized picture book stars your child as a princess who handles a dragon with a temper tantrum.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 6 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter asked for this story several times. She loves all things princess ... and make the princess a "real" heroine, and she's hooked.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story. We were a bit leery of yet another "princess" book, but this story has a nice twist. We like that in the end, it is teamwork, not looks or individual "stardom" that wins the day.

Pros: This is a book that will satisfy your daughter's desire to be a princess, and your desire to have books with substance and value.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a personalized book that you can use to pull out different lessons when you need them. With your child as the star, she will want to make good choices, and this book can reinforce that.

If You Liked This Book, Try: PARTY PRINCESS (Teach Your Children Well Series)   STORIES OF PRINCES AND PRINCESSES (Usborne Young Reading: Series One)   THE FAIRY CHRONICLES: MARIGOLD AND THE FEATHER OF HOPE, THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Educational Themes: The substance of the story makes the "princess" element secondary to the plot. There are plenty of things to talk about: friendship, fairness, teamwork, problem solving, understanding feelings (i.e., empathy for grumpy dragons or people), and handling change/new things/being nervous, to name a few.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, adventure, fantasy, personalized story

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007

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