Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

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Every inquisitive little girl wonders what it is really like to be a genuine princess. At the heart of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? lives an energetic, spirited, and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mom. Do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, do chores, or have to eat the crusts of their bread? The mother's voice is timelessly reassuring as she answers her daughter's questions and advises her that being like a princess has to do with what we are on the inside. An illustrated ...

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Overview

Every inquisitive little girl wonders what it is really like to be a genuine princess. At the heart of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? lives an energetic, spirited, and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mom. Do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, do chores, or have to eat the crusts of their bread? The mother's voice is timelessly reassuring as she answers her daughter's questions and advises her that being like a princess has to do with what we are on the inside. An illustrated picture frame surrounds a mirror at the end of the book which answers the little girl's most important question. This heart-warming book offers a gentle lesson about self-acceptance, and will inspire children to follow their dreams and leave their own mark on the world.

When a little girl asks her mother about princesses, she learns that they are much like herself.

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Editorial Reviews

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What constitutes royalty? When a little girl poses a series of one-line questions about princess footwear and play habits, her mother responds with rhyming answers. This delightful picture book won't get your munchkin invited to Windsor Castle, but it will give her a new sense of self-worth.
Children's Literature
What does it mean to be a princess? A young girl and her mother talk about what princesses are like in this delightful, rhyming book. Inspired by her own daughter's question, "Do princesses wear hiking boots?," Carmela LaVigna Coyle has written a fun, witty book that touches on themes of childhood and identity. The little girl asks if princesses engage in a variety of activities, from climbing trees and walking in the rain to drinking sparkling punch and even doing chores. Her mother has a good answer for everything. Ultimately, the pair come to realize that being a princess isn't a matter of what one does, but what one is—inside. This is a book readers are sure to enjoy again and again. 2003, Rising Moon, Ages 4 to 8.
— Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This book may just fit the bill for some young royal wanna-bes; however, if they prefer their princess to be fighting off witches or saved from fierce dragons, they may be disappointed by the lack of plot elements. In a rhyming text, a little girl asks her mother various questions about princesses. She wants to know if they play in the sand and dirt, wear jeans and a messy old shirt, do chores, follow rules, eat vegetables, snort as they laugh, etc. Each spread has a one-line question facing the mother's one-line response. Gordon's whimsical paintings in pleasant pastel shades are a good match for the funny text. At the end, the child asks, "-do princesses seem at all like me?" She is told to "Look inside yourself and see-." The final page features a mirror with the message, "A princess is a place in your heart." This is as sweet as a little candy heart, but not a must-purchase.-Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873588287
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 78,843
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    I loved the story concept and the illustrations! It reminded me

    I loved the story concept and the illustrations! It reminded me of my daughter who grew up to be a Marine. I am buying the book for my great-niece who lives in Washington state.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    HOORAY FOR THIS LIBERATING BOOK!

    I owned this book before having children. It reminded me of my childhood 'tomboy' days. There are not enough books about girls that like to just get dirty! In a society where all baby girls seem to be adorned with 'Princess' outfits (this drives me batty), it is nice to know that the author's little girl was comfortable enough to ask her the question 'Do Princesses wear hiking boots?' Three cheers to mommy for answering in the special way she did, thus sparking an awesome children's book about a little girl who likes to take off her dress every once in a while to feel the mud between her toes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Love this book!

    Little girls get to see the princess within themselves. Adorable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Excellent message and illustrations

    I've purchased this book for countless little girls, and they've all loved it (parents too). There's so much frilly princess out there, it's fun for them to read about princesses like them.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Grandaughter loved it

    My grandaughter is almost 5 and she absolutely loved this book. She had her "Papa" read it to her several times on the way to and from Nashville-a 12hr drive. She is a bit of a tomboy that loves to wear dresses and cowboy boots.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Wonderful Read For Girly Girls Too!

    I purchased this book last year for my five-year-old daughter as a Christmas present. She absolutely loves it and asks me to re-read it to her all the time. Sometimes she reads it to me. My daughter is a dress up, make-up loving, girly girl who wants the same things all of the girls in her class have, so I am all the time trying to find ways to encourage her independence and individuality. It took me forever to convince her that she doesn't have to wear pink everyday of the week. This story reminds us that it's okay to play outside, to get dirty and hang from trees; because princesses do too! I like that it also mentions how princesses eat there veggies and do their chores. This book has inspired us not just to enjoy the tea parties, but also to enjoy getting sweaty and dirty playing outside with Daddy and brother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    Great for all little girls

    I was given this book as a baby gift by a friend. My daughter is still a little to young to appreciate it, but I love it! When she gets a little older, I know she will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Enlightenment for little girls of all ages

    This is a must read for any little girl of any age enjoying life's journey of discovery. In a very subtle way, Carmela Coyle has captured the importance of being one's self and its connectedness to all possibilities in life. The illustrations are perfect and connect to the text in a humorous and uplifting fashion. This is delightful to read and anyone of any age would enjoy it thoroughly. I can hardly wait for her next books.

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    Posted December 15, 2008

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