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Children's LiteratureA young girl, her father and the pet dog begin their day's adventure. On the hike, the girl asks questions and the dad responds in rhyme. All of the questions deal with what a princess would do on a hike. "Do princesses stop to smell the flowers? They've been known to do that for hours." All the questions and behavior are appropriate to the intended age of the children who will hear this lively read-aloud. What sets this picture book apart from others are the delightful illustrations in line and computer-generated color. There is hilarity in the character of the dog who has no speaking role but mimics the girl. The dog's hungry and tired look parallels the girl's as the hike continues. Behind the main action, the dog is expressive and full of antics that young children will enjoy throughout the story. In these illustrations, even the ladybug, bees and squirrel have entertaining roles. Look for the ant carrying away a cupcake when the hikers stop for a rest. Other unique features are the use of different but related fonts for the daughter-father dialogue, a place for a photo to be inserted on a back page ("Place your photo here") and a "Scavenger Hunt" on the final page. This sequel to Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? will speak to everyday children doing normal activities while imagining themselves special—like princesses. 2005, Rising Moon, Ages 4 to 7.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.