I Want Two Birthdays!

I Want Two Birthdays!

by Tony Ross
     
 
The Little Princess wants to have two birthdays, just like the Queen, which means twice as many presents every year! When she realizes how much fun two birthdays are, she decides she wants three, then four. But the more birthdays she has, the less special they are. Perhaps having one birthday a year isn’t so boring after all.

Overview

The Little Princess wants to have two birthdays, just like the Queen, which means twice as many presents every year! When she realizes how much fun two birthdays are, she decides she wants three, then four. But the more birthdays she has, the less special they are. Perhaps having one birthday a year isn’t so boring after all.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
The issue in this wryly amusing and gently pointed story is one with which almost every child can identify: the Little Princess wants more birthdays. After all, her mum, the Queen, has two birthdays—a private one and a public one. The Prime Minister obligingly assigns the Little Princess a second birthday, in winter "to cheer things up." Soon, two are not enough. Why not three? Four? Every day? So, every day the Cook bakes a cake, which gets smaller as time goes by. The presents the Little Princess receives also diminish, chewed gum, for instance, and no one comes to her parties because they can not afford to. Worse, she can not play anymore because she has to dress up and stay clean every day. Disconsolate, the Little Princess yearns for just one special day each year. The King produces the solution: an unbirthday on her birth date. She is so pleased, she wishes for an unbirthday every day until the maid points out that that would not be special. The economical text moves the story at a fast pace. The colorful illustrations are charming and include a sly sub-plot about the Little Princess's necklace. Children are likely to ask for this book repeatedly, and its theme provides opportunities for worthwhile conversations. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—After an especially wonderful birthday, Little Princess decides that only one per year just won't do. She speaks with the Prime Minister, who puts a second birthday on the royal calendar. But, though two are definitely better than one, this still won't do. Gradually, Little Princess celebrates her birthday every day. The parties begin with special cakes and presents galore. However, the need to stay clean and to dress up each day becomes tedious, as do the smaller cakes, the insignificant presents, and the dearth of people who can attend daily parties and afford daily gifts. Thus is born the brilliant idea of having one "special" day each year that is different from all the rest—a day in which the child can get dirty and play whatever she wants. It's declared her "unbirthday" and falls on the day she was born. Ross's bright, cheerful trademark watercolor illustrations add much humor to this already funny tale about having too much of a good thing. Children love birthday celebrations and will be delighted with this newest "Little Princess" story.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761354956
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,217,678
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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