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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Princesses Are Not Perfect - Kate Lum (Picture Book)




Released March 2010

www.bloomsburykids.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Princesses Allie, Mellie and Libby all possess special skills. While Allie loves to bake, Mellie is a fine gardener and Libby can build anything in her workshop.

Unfortunately, one day the princesses decide to try to something different. A bit bored, they elect to switch jobs. With a children’s summer party scheduled, this doesn’t seem to be a very good idea. But convinced that “a princess can do anything”, the girls make the switch.

As you might guess, the results are a disaster but the three princesses are able to correct the problem before the children start arriving at the castle. And, at the story’s end, they conclude that “You don’t have to be good at everything to be a princess.”

Here’s a story that has a nice message embedded in it – you don’t have to excel at everything you do! In a society where we often push our children to do too much and be involved in too many activities/sports it soon becomes apparent that they can’t be all-stars or A students in every situation. It is important that we, as parents, and our children accept this simple fact! 

Focus on the things you are best at and you’ll be happier!

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