Lottie's Princess Dress

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One morning Lottie awakes from a dream of castles and glittery gold things. Even though it seems like any other school day, Lottie is sure her favorite blue skirt and red sweater won't do. But her princess dress-all glittery gold-is the perfect outfit for a day that Lottie just knows is going to be very special. Even her very practical mother would understand that. Wouldn't she?

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Overview

One morning Lottie awakes from a dream of castles and glittery gold things. Even though it seems like any other school day, Lottie is sure her favorite blue skirt and red sweater won't do. But her princess dress-all glittery gold-is the perfect outfit for a day that Lottie just knows is going to be very special. Even her very practical mother would understand that. Wouldn't she?

When Lottie persuades her mother to let her wear her sparkly gold dress to school, their day becomes very special.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this whimsical but too-chatty debut from a German duo, "a freezing cold day" transforms into "a glittery gold day" with the aid of some glitzy attire. On a frosty morning, Lottie is reluctant to get ready for kindergarten. She resists her mother's assertive "going-to-work voice" and "no-more-stalling voice," but finally goes to get dressed. In her bedroom, which features a cardboard mini-castle populated by toy animals, Lottie "fix[es] her hair in a princess style" and puts on her floor-length yellow-and-gold dress. At this, her mom throws a tantrum (complete with a dragon's breath of red fire), but soon relents: "Well, maybe if you wore your warm coat." Triumphant, Lottie next convinces her mother to ditch her practical business attire and wear a "red dress with glittery gold spots" to work. They top off their outfits with shiny crowns, then go out to catch the bus. Kaergel provides angular colored-pencil illustrations reminiscent of G. Brian Karas's style, adding an appropriate sparkle with patches of gold foil that reflect light from the pages. D rrie effectively shows how a mother and daughter might cooperate and compromise during the stressful morning rush. However, the author includes superfluous dialogue and description, making for a dry and overlong read-aloud session. Despite the playful pictures, this tale is more a lesson for uptight parents than an enticement for children. Ages 4-8. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K Most parents will recognize Lottie, who doesn't want to wear her boring skirt and sweater to kindergarten. "We're both going to be late if you don't get dressed right now!" cries her harassed mother, needing to leave for work. But Lottie stalls. She wants to wear her glittery-gold princess dress, no matter that it's a freezing cold day. In a surprise twist, the little girl convinces her mother to wear an evening dress red with glittery-gold spots and a crown, and the two princesses go off to what everyone agrees is a "perfectly special day." The art is expressionistic, colorful, and energetic, with warm red and yellows wiping out the chill of the outdoor winter scenes; the gold really is glittery on the page. Dorrie takes a very common situation and raises it to the level of fantasy every small princess will recognize herself, just as every teacher and librarian will recognize the child who has come to school or storytime dressed in a princess dress, tutu, or superhero costume. Good-humored fun for storytime sharing. Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Horn Book Magazine
This first children's book for both author and illustrator takes a funny and truthful look at an age-old parent-child conflict. Happily lost as a princess in dreamland, Lottie dawdles and drags when her mother wakes her and tells her to get dressed. She is willing to comply only when she seizes on a way to continue with her fantasy by wearing her princess dress to school. In familiar scenes of morning madness, Lottie's mother rushes to get ready and worries over practical matters-the princess dress isn't warm enough for the winter weather-while Lottie carries on with her imaginary play. The conflict is resolved not with high parental ideals but with the more true-to-life approach of choosing one's battles and even, when desperate, giving in. Lottie even manages to convince her mother to wear her own sparkling evening dress and Lottie's extra crown to work-where "everyone told Lottie's mother how special she looked." Lottie is triumphant as she and her mother parade to the bus stop in full regalia and receive royal treatment and smiles of admiration from everyone they pass. The story's comical tone and slightly fantastic edge is extended by the illustrations, where scenes of comfortable domestic clutter are enlivened by semi-animate stuffed animals, including a friendly-looking fish that pops up throughout the story. When Lottie's exasperated mother threatens a tantrum, she breathes fire containing an iconographic depiction of her verbal litany: a seasonably appropriate skirt and sweater, an alarm clock with running legs, and an x-ed out princess crown. Fortunately, she soon remembers that tantrums don't work. The soft black outlines and washes of color warm blues, pinks, and yellows are accented by the perfect use of solid, glittering gold paint-in the fancy dresses, the two crowns, and a gilt-framed mirror. The eye-pleasing and substantive illustrations are an excellent match for the light but incisive story; like Lottie's dress, they add a touch of magic to the everyday.
Kirkus Reviews
Even very little girls know that when it comes to fashion design, "accessories are everything." Unfortunately, Lottie's preferred princess look doesn't fit her mother's idea of practical apparel. Persistance pays off however; slowly, Lottie brings her mother around to her way of thinking, but the girl isn't the only one in a special dress. Their regal outfits bring smiles everywhere they go, and the ordinary day becomes a special one after all. This tale of how Lottie's creativity transforms the day will cheer anyone who has ever tussled over the age-old question of what to wear. Stylized illustrations filled with unusual objects give this a very European feel but the subject matter is universal. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803723887
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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