Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Children's Book Review

"The Second Princess"
by Hiawyn Oram & Tony Ross

Taken from Book Jacket:
The Second Princess cannot stand being second. She'll do anything to get rid of her older sister! The palace Cook agrees to help, but there is a price. "I want your mother's jewels," she demands. So the Second Princess sneaks into her mother's bedroom to look for her [jewels]. But when she is caught in the act . . . [she] is terrified when she imagines what her punishment will be.

This is an absolutely fabulous book for only children as well as siblings. It has some great lessons about honesty, fairness and accepting life on life's terms (shhhh, don't tell the kids all these lessons are included!).

Who can blame the Second Princess for wanting her sister out of the way? Look at the room. Her sister's picture and hers. Her sister's toys and hers. Her sister's dress and hers. You'd think the king and queen might have noticed the BIG GREEN MONSTER (jealousy) that was being created... but hey, its just a book.

She tells her parents the truth even though she fears the worst sort of punishment. What a great example of honesty in the face of fear!

In the end the King and Queen come up with a solution that everyone can live with... well most of the time. I'm not so sure the King is feeling very "Kingly" at the moment, more like a good old "Daddy!"

This is yet another book that we'd recommend for girls more than boys, maybe we'll see if there is one about a Price or Knight? We'll do a gender neutral book next time. "Siblings of all ages, no matter if they are first or second, will cheer for the Second Princess!" Excerpt from Jacket.

Last week a comment was left asking me how I select the books? Well our library is wonderful and many of these have been out on display and easy to pick up. This one however was shelved and I was just scanning titles when I saw this and thought it would be a good one for my little Princess (who is an only Princess) and I'm glad I found it - we have loved to read and re read it for the past week.


Robin@creations-anew.com said...

Maddie as usual, well done!

cutesieclips said...

Sounds like such a cute book! I'll have to get that one for my little princess- thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Super cute book! Jotting it down on my list of books to check out...I am sure my girls will love it. I had to laugh at the huge picture of the big sister and tiny one of the 2nd princess! You should see my wall - oops!

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