How to Be God's Little Princess: Royal Tips on Manners and Etiquette for Girls

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A fun guide book for God’s little princesses.

What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. This trendy design features black & white line art and a two-color pink and black interior. The art will tie to each how-to topic in the book—how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to ...

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A fun guide book for God’s little princesses.

What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. This trendy design features black & white line art and a two-color pink and black interior. The art will tie to each how-to topic in the book—how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400316441
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 299,183
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith® speaker, is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess® series, God Loves Broken People, The Shelter of God's Promises, anda new fiction novel, Sweet Sanctuary. Sheila lives inTexas with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.

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Table of Contents


The Princess Way....................xii
How to Dress Like a Princess....................1
How to Wear a Tiara (and other princess necessities)....................15
How a Princess Perfects Her Poise....................23
How to Be Friends Princess Style....................39
How to Dine with Royal Success....................49
How to Sparkle Like a Princess....................63
How to Have a Rockin' Royal Party....................73
How to Be Media Wise....................81
How to Be a Perfectly Polite Princess....................95
How to Be a Princess at Home....................103
How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude....................111
How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover....................119
Always a Princess....................126
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First Chapter

How to Be God's Little Princess

Royal tips for manners, etiquette, and true beauty
By Sheila Walsh Jennifer Gerelds

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Sheila Walsh with Jennifer Gerelds
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1644-1

Chapter One


A royal gown might be perfect for an elegant party, but it sure makes it difficult to skate. That's why, whenever possible, a princess considers where she's going and what she'll do before choosing her clothing, shoes, jewelry—even hairstyle. Then she makes sure everything is clean, fits, and is ready to go when she is.

The Lord makes me very happy. All that I am rejoices in my God. The Lord has covered me with clothes of salvation. He has covered me with a coat of goodness.... Isaiah 61:10


1. When a princess goes to a royal ball, she wears ...

a. Jeans and a T-shirt. b. A school uniform. c. A snorkel and fins. d. A beautiful ball gown.

2. When a princess goes to a school pizza party, she wears ...

a. A beautiful ball gown. b. Her robe and slippers. c. A large dog wrapped around her head. d. Jeans and a T-shirt.

3. When a princess goes to see a ballet on stage, she wears ...

a. A tutu. b. A leotard and tights. c. A bag of potato chips. d. Her nicest dress.

4. When a princess goes to an outside pool party, she wears ...

a. A leotard and tights. b. Boots, a heavy coat, and three hats. c. A costume. d. A swimsuit and cover-up.


If your answer was always d, you're close to stepping out as a well-dressed princess! If you answered more a, b, or c—talk a little more to your royal advisors about dressing correctly for each occasion.


She's not dressed correctly for the activity.


Every spring and fall try on clothes, hats, shoes, boots—everything. It's fun to start with your own closet before going out to look for new clothes. Ask your royal advisors to help you decide what still fits. Give whatever doesn't work for you to someone who could really use it.

Mix and match

Take what fits and pair it with other pieces in your closet. Start with a shirt. What goes best with it? Pants, jeans, maybe a skirt? If the top has a heavy pattern, stick to a solid color on the bottom; if the top has a solid color, try a pattern on the bottom.

If you are the more daring type and wear more mixed patterns, make sure the colors complement each other and that the pattern is bold only in one of the pieces.

Do you like layers? Try a contrasting tank top for a burst of color under an other wise plain top.

Think colors

While looking in a mirror, use one color at a time and place it near your face. Does your face sparkle with bright bold colors, or do you look best in softer shades? Be sure to wear the colors that look best on you closest to your face. Wear the other colors as accents.

Go one color

Choose a "monochromatic" theme—that means using the same or shades of the same color, such as a light beige top with khaki pants. Add earth-tone accessories, and you end up with a subtly sophisticated result.

Jewelry and hair accessories

Choose earrings (if you wear them), necklaces, or bracelets that will look good with your outfit. Remember, it's the details such as barrettes, hairbands, belts, leggings, and even shoelaces that can help bring the whole outfit together.

For example, a plaid hairband with a little hot pink and blue might tie together the hot pink in your top with your blue denim skirt. Or your earrings might be the same color as your shoes or belt. Throughout the outfit, find ways to use some of the same colors.

Purse, backpack, cinch sack

Purses are meant to be practical, but don't try to pack everything you own in one. Keep it simple as you find a bag that suits your style, colors, the season, and the occasion. For the royal ball, you'd take a small fancy purse; to school an everyday purse, bag, or backpack that suits your style; to a theme park or waterpark choose something that you won't lose on the roller coaster and allows your hands to be free, such as a cinch sack or even an outfit with pockets.

Boots, sandals, sneakers ...

And the list goes on. Footwear is where function meets fashion —but be careful: it's difficult to smile when your feet hurt! Try to keep the colors neutral or match them to your outfit, unless you just go for colorful shoes. And no matter what the season, keep your feet and shoes clean.

Being modest

You can dress in high fashion and still remain modest, if you follow some of the these royal tips:

• Wear leggings under skirts that run too short. • Wear longer T-shirts or tanks with low-rise pants. • Try skinny jeans from the boys' department that have a higher waist.

• Raise arms up high to test shirts for being too short. • Check the cut of armholes and necklines so that bra straps don't show.

Step back

After you've put your outfit together, take a final look at the finished product. Then, standing in front of a mirror, close your eyes, count to ten, then open your eyes. Did anything pop out at you? Perhaps your shoes are too bright? If so, consider changing them. And be sure to ask your royal advisor's opinion too.


Ready to show your true colors? If you have dye and just a little daring, you can create your own kaleidoscope of color on shirts, hats, scarves, towels, and ... well, just about anything that starts off white. Ask your royal advisors for help. Then follow these steps to a fun and creative wardrobe.

Tie-Dye a spiral shirt

  •   What you'll need

white cotton T-shirts

soda ash

rubber bands

procion dye

rubber or plastic gloves

eye goggles

squirt bottles

a plastic container (tub)

1. Wash and dry your shirt.

2. Lay shirt flat. Pinch up fabric and swirl slightly. Tie rubber band around the base of the swirl. Repeat this pattern until you have as many bands as you want.

3. Dip entire shirt into soda ash solution. (Mix ½ cup of soda ash fixer for every gallon of water. Be sure to wear gloves and eye goggles for protection.)

4. Follow dye directions on label (usually around 1 tablespoon of dye for every 16 ounces of water). If you just want one color, dip entire shirt in a tub with the dye solution. If you'd like multiple colors, put each color of dye into its own squirt bottle and squirt each color wherever you want it on the shirt.

5. Let the dye soak in for several hours.

6. Finally, remove the bands and wash the shirt in hot water.

7. Congratulations! You've just created your first tie-dye shirt. Now that you know the basics, you can experiment with design patterns, colors, and fabrics.

My royal notes: ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________


Are you Flashy and Fabulous? Pretty but Practical? Sharp but Safe? Take this quiz to find out your style today—of course, that could change tomorrow.

1. When you walk into a clothing store, you feel ...

a. Bored b. Overwhelmed c. Excited

2. Which of these colors grabs your attention the most?

a. Black b. Pale Pink c. Bright yellow

3. When you need an outfit, you ...

a. Buy the one the mannequin is wearing. b. Ask Mom for help. c. Put it together yourself.

4. When it comes to accessories, your motto is: a. Why bother? b. Less is more. c. The more the merrier.

5. The kind of outfit you like should ...

a. Be suitable for your activity. b. Help you blend in. c. Stand out in the crowd.

If you answered mostly ...

a—you're Pretty but Practical. You may have a style, but fashion is definitely not your focus.

b—you're Sharp but Safe. You might not be setting any trends, but you're also not making any mistakes. You might feel unsure at first, but after some encouragement from your friends, you love sporting your style.

c—you're Flashy and Fabulous. Not everybody can wear that hat and those leggings and get away with it, but you can! The more unusual and outrageous the ensemble, the more it catches your eye. But you also know the limits.


Want something unique? Whether it's jewelry, something to wear, or a gift, show your own sense of style by designing your own creations.

  •   What you'll need

wire, thin

dental floss, string, or embroidery thread


beads, or other items you can string

a tape measure


special items listed under each project Optional: For added color use paints, glitter, rhinestones, ribbon, or small fun things you've found at garage sales and flea markets.

Bangle bracelets

Wrap the tape measure loosely around your wrist as many times as you'd like your bracelet to wrap. To the total, add 5 inches. That is the amount of wire you'll need for one bracelet. Loop and wrap one end of the wire around a bead to keep the beads from falling off. String the beads (or other items) leaving enough wire at the end to loop, weave back through the last beads, and wrap securely. Take one end and wrap it loosely around your wrist. The bracelet should be easy to slide on and off.

Paper beads

For these, you'll also need colorful magazines and toothpicks. Start by drawing long, thin triangles. Cut out the triangles. Starting with the widest end, wrap a triangle around a toothpick. Glue the tip. Once the glue has dried, carefully remove the toothpick. Repeat until you have all the beads that you need for your jewelry. To decorate beads, paint or add glitter. To make large beads, use a soda straw or a long, thin twig or stick. To make a necklace, thread the beads onto some dental floss and tie securely.

Book Bag charms

For this project you'll also need a key ring. Use dental floss or embroidery thread as string. Measure the string the length you want your charms to dangle from the key ring. Now add about 5 inches. String the beads (or other items) leaving enough length at the end to tie a knot large enough to hold the beads in place. Then tie the charm to the key ring. Repeat to make as many as you want to dangle from your book bag. Use this same technique to make charms for other items, such as your phone.

Community project

If you enjoy making jewelry, ask other princesses (even princes) in your church to help make jewelry as a fund-raising project.


Heaven and earth should praise him. The seas and everything in them should also. Psalm 69:34

Shell necklace

  •   What you'll need


clear fingernail polish

colored fingernail polish

permanent markers


Optional: beads, glitter glue.

When you're at the beach, look for the ribbed bivalve shells that already have a hole drilled in the top (courtesy of another sea creature that drilled the hole to get to the clam ... but was too busy or too full to make a necklace); or buy them at a hobby or craft store. Wash the shells, then decorate them.

For example: You might paint one a solid color. After it dries, apply polka dots, stripes, a cross, a flower, or whatever design you like. Paint a layer of clear fingernail polish as a topcoat to protect the finish.

Cut necklace string long enough to fit around your head. Add about 5 inches. Holding both ends of string in one hand, force the center of string through the shell's hole and pull the loop out about an inch. Then thread the two ends through the loop and pull through to make a knot. Place around your neck and fit to the length you'd like. (Be sure you can put it on over your head.) Tie a knot.

Sand dollar delights

Instead of painting on paper, put your designs on beautiful sand dollars to use on purses or belts, wear as jewelry, decorate your room, or make a Christmas ornament. Be sure to sign your work! (I wonder if the famous painter Picasso began like this? Hmm.)

  •   What you'll need

sand dollars

acrylic paint

glitter glue

yarn or string

Paint a solid basecoat on each sand dollar. When dry, create a sunset or beach scene (or whatever you like) using acrylic paint. Top with clear acrylic paint or glitter glue for a shimmery effect. To use as a necklace or ornament, thread a hole with yarn or string. Remember to match the size of the sand dollar to how you will use it: larger for a wall hanging; smaller for a necklace.


The fashion shows of Paris and New York are filled with the latest beautiful styles—and also some of the most outlandish designs ever created. For your runway show before the royal court, explore your own creativity as you design with beauty in mind—or go for the wildest and wackiest combinations you can conceive. Either way, you might be surprised at how great you look when you just have fun!


1. Choose a small number of girl guests.

2. It's great if your guests all have dance leotards (and tights) to wear, but if not, swimsuits or other closefitting clothes will work too.

3. Ask each guest to bring some scarves, jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, sweaters, shirts.... (Your mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and aunts might have some things you could borrow or perhaps take a trip to the local thrift store.)

4. When each guest arrives take her picture with (or write down the items) she brought—so you'll be sure each item goes home with the right guest.

5. Sort everyone's items by type (jewelry with jewelry, scarves with scarves).

6. Divide into groups of two or more. One girl will be a designer, the other girl(s) will be the model. Then switch so the model is the designer, the designer is the model—until everyone has had a turn doing both parts.

7. If possible, have the models out of view so no one but the model's designer sees her outfit before the show. Then the designers join the audience.

The show

8. Set up an area as a runway. It can be elaborate. It can be simple. (Ask your royal advisors.)

9. Set up some chairs near the runway.

10. Once everyone is dressed and the designer(s) is seated in the audience, put on some music and start the show. Choose music suitable for a princess—so no elephants playing trombones!

11. Each model makes a grand entrance, pauses, then walks down the runway. As she walks the runway, her designer briefly describes the look.

12. Repeat until everyone has been both a model and a designer.

You'll want to serve food and drinks to your guests. Ask your royal advisors for ideas on when and what to serve.

HOW TO WEAR A TIARA (and other princess necessities)

Have you ever wondered why princesses wear tiaras (small half-crowns)? They are the international symbol of royalty! You can have fun making, trying on, and wearing different tiaras that show your special style. But God says the most beautiful crown can't be made with human hands. God alone can place a crown on our heads with His wisdom. Ask Him for wisdom in your prayers.

Believe in the value of wisdom, and it will make you great. Use it, and it will bring honor to you. Like flowers in your hair, it will beautify your life. Like a crown, it will make you look beautiful. Proverbs 4:8–9


Tiaras come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. What's important is that the tiara frames your face. But because no one's face is absolutely round, oval, long, or full, you'll need to try on tiaras to see which style looks best on you.

Remember, if your hair is up, wear your tiara back from your face, set directly in front of or pushed into your hair; if your hair is down, wear your tiara closer to your face as you would a headband.

If your face is ... Choose a tiara ...

Round with a high peak in the center.

Oval that fits like a headband and is low to the head.

Rectangle that goes from side to side (ear to ear), stays close to the head, and has a small center peak.

Square that has a V shape at the top, like a heart.

Heart-shaped with multiple heights like a staircase.

Diamond that is almost any shape.

Inverted Triangle narrow at the sides and fuller in the center.

Triangle that has high sides almost equal to the center and goes from side to side (ear to ear)


Excerpted from How to Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh Jennifer Gerelds Copyright © 2010 by Sheila Walsh with Jennifer Gerelds. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Great read for Mom and Daughter to Share!

    I recently received a copy of How to be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh to review. I was surprised ! I think I expected it to be more of toddler version of the book perhaps by the name but it is geared towards I would say ages 6-9 year old girls. The reading level is a bit higher I would recommend this book be a mother daughter read. The book is a princess how to on etiquette, manners and true beauty. The book is written pretty cute and covers anything from dressing like a princess to passing gas like a princess. I think kids will get a kick out of some of the silly how to segments and learn a lot from the tidbits they pick up in the reading too. There are little quizzes through out the book to see what kind of princess you are. I think that's a plus I remember even as a teenager always going to the quizzes in teen magazine and playing along with that type of game. I plan to give this book as a gift at a Birthday party next week for a 2nd grade little lady. I hope that she will enjoy it with her Mom. I love that Sheila Walsh tells the little princess to use their royal advisers when help is needed. Who are their royal advisers? Mom, Dad, Aunts, Grandmother or all of them are the royal advisers given to help the little princess along her way. Well that is right on advice in my book. There is real princess type how to parts as well. How to wear a tiara, how to pour tea, how to dress , how to wash your hair. A winner in most little girls book I do think so. I think if Mom sits down with them and reads it with them most will enjoy the book very much There is a real manners like how to part: how to talk on a phone, how to act in an elevator, at the mall, in a restaurant, how to be a good friend. These are all important things to teach. I think that a lot of manners are lost in today's bustling world. Some things, are not Earth shattering if you do not know them , but it is nice to be able to carry yourself in any situation and be a poised and confident young lady. I think this is a great little tool to give little girls a boost of confidence as they are learning how to navigate through life. "Don't be confused: being poised and confident doesn't mean your boastful. It means you are comfortable being a child of the KING! Remember when you walk in His ways, you possess all the poise and confidence you need to show the world how Royal grand it is to be in God's Family!" What I do Like about the book: *I like that it teaches etiquette and manners in a fun way *I like the princess theme *I like the craft how tos *I like the fun little quizzes What I don't like about the book: *I don't like that the reading level is a good bit above the content level . A great little teaching tool for Mamas. Sheila Walsh turned a how to book into a lot of fun with the little quizzes and silliness in between. Not to mention the craft ideas through out. I would recommend this one for your little princess or as a gift for one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Great book!

    This book is exactly what I was looking for to use for my daughters princess birthday party. I wanted something which included biblical principles and a relationship with God. My daughter wants a princess birthday party, and this book will help me with everything I need to make it a success! Thank you Sheila Walsh for a well written book -- God's version of a princess.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Good book...for 5-7 year olds and their moms

    When I saw this book available for review, I thought it sounded fun, especially since I was definitely not princess-like growing up. I would have much rather been up a tree than having a tea party.

    What I liked:

    *The topics covered are very appropriate and provide a good amount of information without being overwhelming.
    *The book is peppered with quizzes and other activities to make it more interactive and fun for the readers.
    *Ms. Walsh uses scripture to reinforce her points. I think this would be easy to leave out and just present the practicals, so I appreciated that she included many verses.

    What I didn't like:

    There's only one thing, really. I would say the reading level is definitely appropriate for a 9-12 year old, but if my daughter does not know much of this information by the time she's 9, then I have not done a very good job training her in the way she should go. Most of the information in the book is appropriate for a 5-7 year old, but not the reading level. I think in a year or so, Kahlen and I will enjoy going through this book together.

    Overall, I give this book four stars. I was encouraged by it to start teaching Kahlen more of the manners and etiquette presented in it, and look forward to read it with her.

    I was provided this book from Thomas Nelson Publisher as part of their BookSneeze program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended- Thomas Nelson Publishers-How to Be God's Little Princess By: Sheila Walsh

    How to Be God's Little Princess By: Sheila Walsh Royal Tips for manners, etiquette, and true beauty ISBN: 978-1-4003-1644-1 Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers to letting us review this product. Contents: How to Dress Like a Princess How to Wear a Tiara ( and other princess necessities) How a Princess Perfects Her Poise How to Be Friends Princess Style How to Dine with Royal Success How to Sparkle Like a Princess How to Have a Rockin Royal Party How to Be Media Wise How to Be a Perfectly Polite Princess How to Be a Princess at Home How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover Song of Solomon 6:10 Who is that young woman? She shines out like the dawn. She's as pretty as the moon. She's as bright as the sun... Sheila Walsh explains how we as parents we need to be our girls royal advisors in training our girls to act like real princess'. It is a our responsibility to train our girls to act like God would them to act like a real princess. How to Dress Like a Princess This is the section in the book. This chapter is very important because the way our girls dress is a reflection of us. It's very important for our girls to know how to dress and what is a appropriate to wear. Isaiah 61:10 The Lord makes me very happy. All that I am I am rejoices in my God. The Lord has covered me with clothes of salvation. He has covered me with a coat of goodness. In every section they have a QUIZ and sometimes two. They have several questions with multiple answers to choose from. In this section Shelia Walsh is teaching our girls how to match, color coordinating, mix and match, what shoes to wear and to BE MODEST. Step back and look at yourself to see if you are well coordinated and have honored God with your chooses. There is a Tye-Dyed Shirt craft in this section. How to make a Tye-Dyed shirts and what materials are needed. Design your own jewelry. How to make Bangle bracelets, paper beads, and book bag charms. There is also a community project that you can do with your church or with other princess' This has a shell necklace craft also. Psalm 69:34 Heaven and earth should praise him. The seas and everything in them should also. I love that God is ALL over this book. I have meet Sheila Walsh at Women of Faith and her love for God evident. I have almost all of her books and our daughter brings them to me often, this adds to our collection. I will definitely be using this our 6 year old daughter. I know it's my responsibility to train up our girl to be God's Little Princess. Thank you again to Thomas Nelson Publishers for letting us review this wonderful book.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Great girl's book

    It is hard to raise girls in today's world. with so many less than role - role models out there. This book is a great book for the younger tweens to help them see how God's little princesses should conduct themselves. It is a princess go to book for all the best princess secrets.
    It covers the following topics:
    *how to wear a tiara
    *royal table manners
    *the importance of dressing for the occasion
    *internet do's and don'ts
    *hosting the perfect party
    *regal posture and poise
    *how to pen the perfect thank-you note

    I was very impressed with this book. I think it is a great resource for girls. It is full of fun hands on items such as - pictures, quizzes, new ways to fix hair etc. I could see this book making a great gift for any little girl's birthday. I give this book 5 out 5 stars.

    Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions in this review are my own and are not influenced by the company.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    A Great Gift for Young Girls -- they'll treasure it!

    This is my first book from BookSneeze and I was so excited to read it. The book has a light, princessy effect, with shimmering silver text titles on a pink background. When you open the book, you can also see that the sides of each page has pink hues, which dramatically fades in.

    This book is dedicated to every young lady in the world and it holds guidelines on how a little girl can be a good Christian and how she can be pleasing to God and to others at such a young age. The guidelines ranges from how to obtain the regal posture and poise, how to apply table manners, how to wear a tiara, how to host a great party, how to write a thank you note, and what are the proper and improper things to do in cyberspace.

    The way that these things are taught are made more interactive and fun through quizzes, cute illustrations, do-it-yourself's and scribbling sections. The faith in God of these little girls would be strengthened more and they would be taught how to act properly in different situations. Also, related Bible verses are printed on each new topic page.

    How to be God's Little Princess would make an excellent gift for young girls whose age is from 7 to 12 years old. This would definitely bring up a lady that is beautiful, inside and outside in the eyes of God.

    I would be give it to my little cousin in the right time. She is just five years old now.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Raise a princess, not a diva...

    When I saw that How to Be God's Little Princess was up for review, I had to jump on it. My three year old just loves the series. We own many books and movies featuring "Gigi." How to Be God's Little Princess: Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty is a book about teaching our daughters what it means to be God's little princess as opposed to creating that spoiled, little princess attitude that is so prevalent in our society. It's geared towards the elementary to tween set. The book touches on every thing from manners, dressing modestly (gasp!), respecting family, to surfing the web safely, what to do if someone hurts your feelings, and, most importantly, how to follow Jesus. It can serve as a great list of things that every parent should be discussing with their daughters. My ten year old daughter grabbed it as soon as it arrived and I had to pry it out of her grasp to read it for the review. LOL So here are her thoughts on the book. Mackenzie said, " The book was fun and entertaining and never boring. It helped me to learn to control my temper and be nicer to my family. It has little Bible verses in it and they helped me feel closer to God." Judging from how often she is reads this book, I'd have to say that we give it two thumbs up and our highest recommendations. I received a copy of this book as part of the Book Sneeze program. All opinions are my own. (Or my daughters.)

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    How to be God's Little Princess

    How to be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh is a great little book for any little girl who wants to learn how to behave like a young lady and bring glory to God. This little pink book contains tips for manners, etiquette and true beauty. Inside this book you will find tips on subjects such as: how to wear a tiara, royal table manners, the importance of dressing for the occasion, internet do's and don'ts, hosting the perfect party, regal posture and poise, and how to pen the perfect thank-you note. So many girls these days don't know the first thing about what it means to be a real lady and Shiela Walsh brings it all back in this fun little book. This book doesn't just contain lists of do's and don'ts but includes fun crafts, activities and quizzes all designed to emphasize the lessons inside. The illustrations inside are attractive and delightful for any young girl. I can see how this book would be designed with little girls in mind, however I am 13 and enjoy this book a lot myself. My sister and I are enjoying going through this book together and learning how to be God's little princesses!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    A Primer for God's Little Princesses

    Peer pressure can play a strong role in a young girl's choices. Now Sheila Walsh offers a guidebook to aid girls in making Christian choices. "How to Be God's Little Princess" takes a fun approach to a potentially stressful subject.

    With chapter titles like "How to Dress Like a Princess" and "How to Wear a Tiara (and other princess necessities)," you might mistake this book for a very vain directive for spoiled girls. On the contrary, Walsh provides practical advice on making solid life choices without talking down to girls. Other subjects include poise, friendship, table and general manners and party planning.

    Walsh encourages royal behavior in her young reader through a number of devices. The attributes of a princess parade through the book, providing a positive example for her. A typical chapter might include a multiple choice quiz, a "What's wrong with this picture?" exercise to help build critical thinking skills or a puzzle. Parents become "royal advisors" to the princess.

    The light-hearted treatment doesn't diminish the importance of the message. Walsh gives girls a positive standard to measure their actions against, while giving them the tools to help them reach the goal. She punctuates her points with appropriate scripture references and activities to help a girl grow.

    The illustrations echo earlier "God's Little Princess" publications, creating a connection to other books and materials. Walsh provides those who love a little girl with excellent tools to help her achieve her best. The book is suitable for any girl, from toddlerhood on up. Whether a parent reads the book aloud or the girl can read it for herself, the material will benefit her.

    Sheila Walsh speaks at women's conferences as well as writing for women and young girls. Her books remind readers that they are "a child of the King," and therefore royalty. In a world where entertainers and athletes become poor superstar role models, the reminders are urgently needed.

    This review is based upon a review copy of the book provided by the publisher with no constraints on content.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Good read for my daughter and myself

    A book review from my 7-year old daughter, Asha:

    How To Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh is a very silly and fun book. It is based on how God wants you to act, and what sort you should do to follow Him. So it gives you tips, not how to have style beauty, but true beauty -- beauty from the heart.

    The book talks about things from how to wear a royal tiara to Internet do's and don'ts. A royal banquet to a slumber party, this book's got it all. A royal way to understand God and His wonderful world around us.

    Some topics included in the book are:

    Telephone Etiquette: How to answer the phone

    1. "What do you want?"
    2. "Adams' residence."
    3. "She's in the bathroom right now and it's not pretty."

    Which answer would you give? The correct answer is 2, "Adams' residence". You might want to say, "HEY! I want to talk with Nichole, NOW!" but God really doesn't like when we do. So you might say instead, "May I talk with Nichole, please?" And then whoever you're calling might say, "Yes, wait one moment," and go get her.

    Napkin No-No's:

    Suddenly you realize more spaghetti sauce went on your mouth then in it. What do you do? Not the tablecloth, not the curtain, not a passing dog-- but yes! Your napkin (which should already be lying neatly on your lap) is your best accessory for wiping your messy face.

    I think this is a good God-based book that encourages you to know Him and do the right thing to please Him. God is all-powerful, and we all need to try to do what He says!

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

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    Countercultural Morals and Values desperately needed by girls and young women today that affirm individuality as a gift from our Creator

    I can't begin to emphasize how highly I recommend that parents give this book a thorough examination as a possible resource for our girls that are faced with expectations and standards which tear down their personal value. Culture and society paint a picture of "perfection" that is impossible and rarely respects or fosters our unique qualities. To be popular or famous or rich or look like media icons that quickly appear to be "created duplicates" or copies of a specific profile and appearance are thrust upon children from a young age but without any tools to fill their minds with truth, goodness, true beauty (from the inside out) the societal morals and values soon infect their thinking and view of themselves and others with a highly negative impact. I applaud Walsh for a scriptural approach to faith and values that speaks to those young lives in process at a level they can grasp and assimilate despite the contrary messages all around us. I would love to see this material adapted to a format and materials that could be used with even younger girls than the intended audience of Tweens and higher elementary students. Girls as young as two or three are being thrust into societal standards which threaten their individuality and accepting natures when truth is not at their disposal to combat those unrealistic values. In the meantime hopefully parents will choose to provide books of this sort for their impressionable tweens as early as appropriate and involve their younger girls in activities and resources that start building in the defensive weapon of truth before the real battle can take root.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Highly recommended for girls!

    I requested this book, intending to read it with my 10 year old and she could not wait for me to read it with her. She devoured the book in a day or two and had answered most of the quizzes in the book. If you have ever had any questions about etiquette, manners, poise, modesty, friendships, etc., then this is a great book to read! I loved that there was scripture tied into the book. It is very encouraging and a wonderful book. I found it very fitting for my 10 year old. Even with the book being pink and Princess in the title, I do think it is very appropriate for older girls. How to Be God's Little Princess sparked a lot of conversation between my daughter and me and I loved it! I wish I had had a book like this to read when I was her age. I think it would have kept me out of a lot of awkward situations. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with 9, 10 or 11 year old daughters.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    How To be God's Little Princess

    Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty.

    How to be God's Little Princess is a pink and purple cloth covered hard bound book with silver accents perfectly designed for girls. It contains 12 chapters to instruct girls on everything they need to know to dress, eat, be friends, and have manners like a princess. The book contains quizzes, crafts, activities and illustrations to teach the girl in your life how to be more lady like. The illustrations are in pink, of course, and the pages are also edged in pink. The emphasis of this book is on inner beauty and how God expects His little princess to behave.

    The tone of the book is fun and cheerful. The projects included are simple enough for a girl to do on her own and look like they would result in pretty items. Examples of how to write a thank you note, how to answer the phone, and proper restaurant manners will be helpful for most girls.

    What a cute, girl-friendly book! My 11 year old daughter sat down to read it right after I handed it to her. I plan to read it aloud with both of my daughters as a great way to learn about manners and etiquette in an engaging way. I was surprised at how many different topics are covered in this book. The illustrations are cute, fun, and the crafts simple but pretty.

    Bible verses are included throughout to help the reader stay focused on pleasing God with what she does and how she does it. The chapter titled, How to Sparkle Like a Princess, had lots of great tips to teach my daughters how to take care of themselves.

    Hannah, my daughter, says, "It's pretty cool and teaches you how to be a princess. I really like it because it teaches you how to wear jewelry the right way and stuff.".

    I think we will be going to this book for answers to our questions on manners, beauty and how to act like a lady for years to come. This is a wonderful and girl friendly resource on etiquette and more.

    I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

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    Proper manners and etiquette for your young lady involving God's loving light~!!

    My daughter, grand-daughter and I just adored this book. The girls just LOVE to be interactive and this book includes their thoughts while teaching them the proper etiquette and manners enabling them to be beautiful inside and out. I can already see a difference in my daughter, for the first time EVER she allowed her brother the choice of games to play instead of exerting her own control over the situation.

    I also enjoyed answering the girls questions concerning God and being able to reinforce his love of them. Their little faces were beaming and I swore I could see God shining through them. I love how 'How To Be God's Little Princess' is FULL of positive reinforcements, on every page, in every paragraph your child is reminded that they are truly loved and are absolutely perfect just the way they are.

    I would LOVE to see a book for boys "How To Be God's Little Prince", my son would have participated but everything was for girls and he got a little perturbed and I had to tell him that God loves him too and listed all the reasons why (I just read a few pages from the book and used the masculine for it, he seemed pleased).

    A very sweet book for the little princess in your life reinforcing the good in your young ones while reminding them of God's love with biblical quotes to support this fact.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Good info on manners

    Manners are something important for every child, girl or boy, to learn and use on a daily basis. In this book, Sheila Walsh aims at teaching girls how to have manners and etiquette so that they can behave like one of God's little princesses. This book has information on thing from how to make pink cookies to how to handle tough situations. Chapters contain cute illustrations and quizzes that are quite appealing to young girls.
    I have mixed feelings about this book. Don't get me wrong, I think it's important we teach our kids manners, but I felt like using the princess thing to teach them was just a ploy to make the book more appealing. This book has some great information for girls, ranging from table manners to how to be a good friend, however it also has some things, such as how to pick the best tiara based on your face shape, that feel like they're thrown in just to keep with the princess theme. Overall, it's a fun way for girls to learn more about manners and etiquette.
    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    great book

    How to Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh gives Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty for young girls. The first thing I noticed upon receiving the book was the cute pink and purple cover with a tiara on the front. This book was clearly made with a young girl in mind, and I can't wait to give this book to one of my grand-daughter to enjoy!

    The book is divided into chapters focusing on How to dress like a princess, How to wear a tiara (and other princess necessities), How a princess perfects her poise, How to be friends princess style, How to dine with royal success, How to sparkle like a princess, How to have a rockin' royal party, How to be media wise, How to be a perfectly polite princess, How to be a princess at home, How a princess sports a good attitude, How a princess knows she needs an inner beauty makeover. Throughout the chapters there are various quizzes, projects, and sections for royal notes. Each chapter begins with a short paragraph that indicates how the chapter relates to God's desires. There is also a Bible verse that relates to the chapter.
    Great for girls aged 7-10; it can easily be adapted for girls as young as 5 and into the teen years. A really fun way to get some answers on growing up topics while keeping the girl mindful of God. Moms will find enjoyment in reading this book as well!

    Your little "princess" will enjoy reading or having it read to her. Included in the book is line art in black and white, accompanied by an interior that is pink and black. Each art piece is connected to a "how to" topic, such as: "how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more". Along with each topic is a quiz for the girl to answer, checking to see whether one is ready to be a princess or needs more help.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Great for your Tween girls

    As a mother to 4 girls, I figured that this would be a good read for me and them in contributing to "princess type behavior" around our house. I was not disappointed. Sheila Walsh does a very nice job giving "Royal tips for Manners, Etiquette and Beauty" in a contemporary and practical way. She covers table manners- "one must know which fork to use when" as well as being gracious both in a restaurant or home setting. She also covers things like dressing appropriately, (my favorite was picking the correct tiara shape for your facial shape )how to make friends and basic hygiene. Sheila also makes sure to include important safety issues concerning the internet, phone manners and how to use your time wisely to make the most of it. She winds up the book with an important chapter on inner beauty and has the reader look at their actions to make sure that they are exhibiting character qualities that are "princess like" (fruits of the spirit)- Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, and Self-control. Most importantly the book talks about the readers considering themselves to be a "daughter of the King" and that a true princess is others focused instead of self- focused. Sheila Walsh accomplishes all this by giving the reader fun quizzes, word games, arts and craft ideas and great scripture to back up all of her points that she is trying to get across. This is a wonderful read for your "tween girls" (9-12 year olds). It will help them to develop "Godly confidence" in lots of situations This book was a part of the Book sneeze program sent to me free of charge for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    Book Review: How to be God's Little Princess

    I recently received a review copy of How To Be God's Little Princess, by Sheila Walsh, from Thomas Nelson at no charge. As soon as I saw the title and description (not to mention the subtitle, "Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty"), I knew it had a chance to be just right for my 9-year-old daughter.

    I was correct. She loved it. This book contains valid guidance throughout, but never takes itself too seriously. Walsh never pretends this work is going win a Pulitzer. She sets out to produce a fun book for girls, and she succeeds.

    Although much of the material is focused on outside appearances, a large portion rightly devotes itself to more substantive topics which have nothing to do with jewelry or fashion. There are sections on how to be positive, make others feel important, use good manners, and even how to handle passing gas (I didn't jsut throw that in to see if you are paying attention; Walsh really addresses burping and, as she puts it, gas which passes out "the other end").

    The book doesn't contain mini-sermons, though. It offers useful guides in the form of quizzes, games, puzzles, and other activities. My little princess also loved the cover.

    Nice job, Sheila Walsh.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Book Review - HOw to be God's Little Princess

    As the father of two girls I am always trying to find ways to instill in them ways in which they cab act like the princesses that they always want to be when they pretend. This book is written in such a way that young girls can read for themselves. It is written in such a way that it is easy to understand and gives practical advice such as how to dress modestly and with flair, how to include others, how to treat adults, and even how to wear a tiara. I liked the fact that it has different quizzes, crafts and puzzles that will encourage your girls to dream big.

    I loved this book and I have let my eldest try to read this and I have read with her as well. The book is a great guide that I feel will help to encourage my girls to live the right way and be the princesses that I know that they can be.

    This is a book for anyone who has daughters or anyone who works with girls!

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    A must-have for any little girl's bookshelf

    I absolutely adore this book, and it's going on to my daughter's bookshelf along with several other special books that I'm looking forward to sharing with her when she's older. How To Be God's Little Princess teaches important lessons about etiquette and manners and behavior, but does so in a fun way. Lessons like dealing with conflicts in friendship or table manners are mixed in with tips on wearing a tiara and tie dying shirts.

    I also really appreciate that, even beyond all the lessons on manners and etiquette, this book shares the message that the princess is wonderful just how she is, that mistakes are okay, and that she is always loved and beautiful in God's eyes. There are so many influences in young girls' lives that spread a different message, so I think it's important for girls to have books like this that remind them of the truth.

    The book itself is attractive, with a nice, pink, hardcover and lots of shiny lettering. The information in the book is nicely laid out, with a very detailed table-of-contents, pretty fonts and nice graphics throughout. This would be a wonderful gift for the young girl in your life!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze review program. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

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