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Summary: There is going to be a pet show at the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses. Unfortunately, Princess Peepers has only the bugs from her collection. The other princesses quickly explain that pets have two or four legs ... not six. And when Peepers finds a frog, they add that pets are furry and cuddly ... not slimy. What's a princess in training to do? This picture book celebrates individuality and creative thinking.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter instantly liked Princess Peeper's individuality and that she wasn't like all of the other princesses ... but she also was upset at how "mean" they were about it. She laughed when Peepers flew into the auditorium with her pet.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun story and a nice balance of princess-y stuff and everyday lessons. The illustrations complement the text by adding emotion ... and give just enough to keep readers turning the pages. The alliteration in the title and the princess names is wonderful and keeps it just on the edge of being a tongue twister. This would be an excellent choice for readers who need more text (there is lots of repetition) but who aren't quite ready for chapter books.
Pros: Girls will appreciate Peepers, a unique and clever princess, and can learn lessons about creativity, kindness, and even being specific.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Whether you've got a girly-girl or a tomboy this is a story that will resonate with your daughter.
Educational Themes: The obvious point of discussion is judging others and acceptance. There are opportunities to stop and ask how the reader would feel or what they see in the expressions of the various princesses. It is also a nice story to use for creative thinking and perseverence
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, life lessons
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2011
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.