Posts Tagged ‘girls and princesses’

Write a Review Wednesday: Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Where’s Walrus. This week we’re looking Sterling Publishing‘s Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose (age 4-7), written by Nancy Gow and illustrated by Stephen Costanza. I have to thank Derry at Sterling Publishing Kids for my review copy.

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There once was a beautiful princess. A typical start to child’s fairytale story, however, this wasn’t your typical princess. Along with her ruby-red lips and fair face, this princess had very large feet. No suitor would take her to be his wife. And while this princess despaired about her unprincessly features, across the land was a prince dealing with his own issues, a very large nose. One day while skiing the princess and prince happen to meet and fell in love. But they both knew they would have to reveal their hidden features to each other. Would true love win out?

Any book that has a princess in it is bound to interest my 4-year old but Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose isn’t your typical fairytale.  Full of fun, colourful illustrations and written in rhyme, Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose is a wonderful book to read out loud; the story reads almost like a song and my daughter loved it. I loved that it was a princess (and prince) story where the main characters weren’t stereotypically beautiful. Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose is a great story illustrating how we shouldn’t judge people by how they look. Imagine the amazing people we would miss meeting if we avoided them because they were different. Although we try as parents to raise our kids to think this way, sometimes a story can be an easier and more enjoyable way to get the message across (versus mom just telling you to behave or not behave a certain way).

Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose opens up a great discussion with kids about how people are different in how they look or behave or in what the believe. The fact that the main characters are a prince and princess makes it that much more impactful, to me anyway. These types of characters are always perceived as beautiful and if they’re not they must be mean (such as the step sisters). Both the Prince and Princess were different but they are still lovely people. And my 4-year old still enjoyed it because of the princess.

To add a copy of Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose to your personal collection, visit your local bookstore or Sterling Publishing Kids. For other great book recommendations for kids, read through the past Write a Review Wednesday posts. What are you reading with your kids?

Write a Review Wednesday: The Secret Lives of Princesses

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Tundra BooksSo Close. This week we’re thinking about one of our favourite topics, Princesses, and had a chance to review Sterling Publishing‘s The Secret Lives of Princesses (age 7+), written by Philippe Lechermeier and illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer. I have to thank Derry at Sterling Publishing for my review copy.

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You’ve probably heard of Cinderella or the princess in The Princess and the Pea story, but what about Princess Oblivia or Princess Miss Hap? You may not know them by name but after reading The Secret Lives of Princesses you may recognize some of them.

The Secret Lives of Princesses explores the lives of the lesser known and sometimes funnier princesses. These stories aren’t your typical princess stories. Like Princess Miss Hap who leaps before she looks, knocking things over and always having accidents. Or Princess Anne Phibian who believes her prince is out there, disquised as a frog, and spends countless hours standing in a pond kissing every green creature she encounters.

My eight-year-old daughter and I enjoyed the witty and often tongue-in-cheek tales of these princesses. I sometimes had to explain things to my 5-year-old and 3-year-old; they were oblivious to the humour but enjoyed looking at the images just the same. And the images are wonderful, filling the pages with colourful representations of the princesses. Even my husband, who’s not a huge princess fan, loved the look of this book.

The Secret Lives of Princesses isn’t so much a story but a guide book to the different princesses. Along with information on the various princesses you’ll find pages on the types of pets princesses own, types of dwellings and more things that pertain to the princesses lives. And there are wonderful side notes, like on stones (did you know each princess posses at least 1 precious stone) or veils (princesses practice walking around the palace wearing them).

Like a reference book, there are notes to other related items found in the book. We would read about one princess and flip to a note on how princesses travel, then on to another princess. My kids loved flipping around the book discovering secrets and marvelling over the illustrations. There’s even a wonderful quizz at the back of the book to discover what type of princess you are: a tender princess, a mysterious princess, a whimsical princess or (gasp) a fake princess.

The book would entertain anyone interested in princesses but the true humour of the stories would probably be lost on the younger set; my 8-year-old  could see the wit in most of the stories.

For added fun, visit http://secretlivesofprincesses.com/ for princess games, a royal portrait gallery of the princesses, even find out your princess name. The Secret Lives of Princesses is by far one of my favourite books I’ve reviewed so far.

You can add a copy of The Secret Lives of Princesses to your own personal library by visiting your local bookstore or visit Sterling Publishing. For more great books for kids, take a look at the previous Write a Review Wednesday posts.

Write a Review Wednesday: Princesses of the World

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Blue Apple Books’ Bear in Underwear. This week we’re thinking about princesses again with Hammond’s Princesses of the World (age 8-12), written by Katell Goyer and illustrated by Misstigri. I have to thank Kristel at Hammond Langenscheidt Publishing Group for my review copy.

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I think most young girls have a fascination with princesses; I know my two do and they’re 3 and 8. Princesses of the World takes you on a journey to exotic and foreign destinations around the world, sharing in the stories of 14 different princesses. From the Russian Swan Princess to the Inca Sun Princess, each story is filled with love. Many of the stories talk about the princess finding and marrying her true love, like the Japanese Princess who was disfigured from her mom’s death but her beauty was restored when she found her princess. Some tales are about love conquering all, like the Egyptian Princesses undying love that saved her sister from a great illness.

The beauty from the tales are emphasised with wonderful illustrations that fill the page. The book is over-sized and the paper is a thicker stock which allows for a number of gatefold pages; some pages have the princess hiding behind screens or curtains or tepees only to be revealed when you flip open the gatefolds.

Princesses of the World is very much a typical princess story; the princess is beautiful and is rescued by her prince, her one true love. The book is listed for an older reader, but my 3-year-old loved hearing all about the different princesses and revealing the hidden ones. This book will delight any girl who’s fascinated by princesses.

You can add your own copy of Princesses of the World to your own library by visiting your local bookstore or Hammond. If you’re interested in princesses, we also reviewed Hammond’s The Secret Life of Princesses. For other great books for kids, read through the past Write a Review Wednesday posts.

Disney Princesses on Ice

We had the chance to attend the Toronto showing of Disney on Ice: Princess Classics earlier this week as special guests of Mom Central Canada. My youngest daughter was thrilled. She insisted on dressing appropriately for the event.

Ready to greet the Princesses

The show is running in the Roger’s Center in downtown Toronto. If you’ve been in the Roger’s Center you know it’s huge, but they set-up the stage in half the area and kept the seating close. We had great seats near the front, but the view was great from any of the available seats.

The costumes were spectacular and most of the princess stories you’re familiar with were part of the show (not the new Princess and the Frog though). Placed in two acts, the first act covered a main, familar scene from the story of Aladin, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Mulan and Little Mermaid. I should point out that only one scene was shown and they all ended without the prince discovering the princess. I mention that because my seveon-year old noticed it and made mention of it at the end of each scene, a little disappointed. But the prince eventually does find the princess in each story and how it’s done is wonderful.

The second act is all about Cinderella, a quick retelling of the main scenes. You’ll find yourself humming and singing along with all the familiar music.

This video was taken with the compact Flip Mini HD

The performers do an amaing job involving the audience too, by talking to them, interacting with them, performing right in front of them on various parts of the ice. The use of smoke and indoor sparklers also add to the magical feel of the show.

The Disney on Ice: Princess Classics is running until December 27, 2009. And if you use the special Mom Central Canada code (MMC) you may still be able to get tickets for $11 each when you buy four or more tickets (Monday to Friday, excluding Friday evenings) or $4 off all weekend shows. *

To take advantage of this deal, visit TicketMaster.ca and enter the promotional code MCC.

Watching Disney on Ice: Princess Classics was a great way to kick off our Christmas vacation. Even my five-year old son who didn’t want anything to do with Princesses, really enjoyed himsel. His favourite of course was Mulan.

* Not valid for rink side or VIP seating. Cannot be combined with other offers. Service charge and handling fees will apply.

A Deal fit for a Princess (or Prince)

Princesses are a popular theme in our house, especially with my youngest daughter. Our last trip to Disney World, my daughter was all about Cinderella. With Christmas around the corner and the big Santa Claus parade this weekend, all my kids are thinking about their wish lists. You know what’s on my youngest daughter’s list: anything princesses.

If you have a little princess in your house, I know just the thing and right in time for the holidays.

Disney on Ice, Princess Classics

An amazing journey to the magical lands of Disney classics fairy tales. Travel to a kingdom under the sea, an enchanted French castle, an Arabian palace and more! With special guest Tinker Bell, enter the worlds of your favourite Disney princesses Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White and see their dreams come true as this royal skating extravaganza brings magic to your hometown. (from Disney on Ice website)

And if you’re in or near Toronto, you can take your little princesses and princes to see the Disney on Ice, Princess Classics from December 18 until December 27, 2009 at the Rogers Center. That’s not the best part. Mom Central Canada is offering you a chance to purchase tickets for only $11 each when you buy four or more tickets (Monday to Friday, excluding Friday evenings) or $4 off all weekend shows. *

To take advantage of this deal, visit TicketMaster.ca and enter the promotional code MCC.

* Not valid for rink side or VIP seating. Cannot be combined with other offers. Service charge and handling fees will apply.

Foto Friday: For the love of Princesses

Happy Friday

It’s been some time since I’ve participated in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta, but I’m back today. We’re heading to Disneyland soon for my birthday which means my youngest has started talking about princesses again:

My 2yo and her Disney World pal Cinderella

My 2yo and her Disney World pal Cinderella

Then she met the real Cinderella

Then she met the real Cinderella

For the love of Princesses:My oldest daughter was never really into princesses. I mean she liked them, but she wasn’t nuts over them. Then comes child number three, the stereotypical fairytale, prince charming, castles in the sky, princess loving girl. It’s funny because we were never really big on pushing girly things.

One year my oldest daughter (now seven) received a Cinderella doll as a gift. She liked it but it sort of just sat on her bed. When my youngest found rescued Cinderella, she took possession, like it never belonged to her big sister. On our recent trip to Disney World the Cinderella doll came with us. She slept in the hotel, she ate dinner in the restaurants, she even went on a few rides. The Cinderella doll was the best friend a little princess loving girl could ask for.

Then we had dinner with ‘the real’ Cinderella and my daughter almost leapt across the table to give Cinderella a hug (according to my husband because, as life seems to work sometimes, I was away from the table and missed the whole event). Through the entire meal my daughter would wave at Cinderella, give her hugs, offer her food, even if Cinderella was across the room.

It was an amazing night for my youngest, which only makes it sad that the night should end with the Cinderella doll going missing. I don’t know if it was from the excitement of seeing Cinderella and therefore the doll was left behind. Or perhaps the doll now paled in comparison to the real princess. Whatever the reason, Cinderella doll will be missed, at least by me.