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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Princess and the Frog - Annie Auerbach (Read-Along Book)

Released July 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

This read-along book which features a CD of the movie voices and sound effects brings to life the enchanting story of “The Princess and the Frog”. Set in Jazz Age New Orleans, the tale introduces Tiana, a young African- American girl who dreams of owning her own restaurant.

As you following along in this 32-page story, you hear how Tiana works to make her dream come true. Yes, the little girl does “wish upon a star," but it takes awhile before that wish is fulfilled.

Of course there’s also a handsome prince (Prince Naveen of Maldonia) and an evil villain (Dr. Facilier). But first and foremost, there are some delightful frogs and their friend (a jazz loving alligator named Naveen) who play major roles in this story.

There’s plenty of adventure which makes this a picture book that youngsters three and older should enjoy hearing over and over again. Probably slightly older children who are ready for reading instruction would benefit more from the read-along aspect of this story and its extended length.

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