Perfect Princess (Princess Diaries Series)

Perfect Princess (Princess Diaries Series)

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by Meg Cabot, Chesley McLaren
     
 

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Sleeping Beauty,
Victoria,
Cleopatra,
Snow White,
Elizabeth,
Pocahontas,
Mia Thermopolis:
all princesses

Do YOU have what it takes
to be a princess?

princess mia will help you find out


Best-selling Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot and acclaimed fashion artist Chesley McLaren team up again

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Overview

Sleeping Beauty,
Victoria,
Cleopatra,
Snow White,
Elizabeth,
Pocahontas,
Mia Thermopolis:
all princesses

Do YOU have what it takes
to be a princess?

princess mia will help you find out


Best-selling Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot and acclaimed fashion artist Chesley McLaren team up again to display this clever royal roster of princesses of the world. Big or small, old or new, fact or fiction, our favorite princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo (aka Mia) will point out why these princesses rule, and how any girl can too!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Interactive concepts dress up a variety of new titles for girls. On the subject of royal dos and don'ts, Perfect Princess: A Princess Diaries Book by Meg Cabot, illus. by Chesley McLaren, provides witty history and how-to information regarding princess-like behavior in a paper-over-board, deep pink package. The narration alternates between main characters from the series, and dishes up dozens of royals, both real (Grace Kelly and Queen Noor) and fictional (Wonder Woman and Snow White). Humorous sidebars offer beauty tips ("Be like Leia: Experiment with new hairstyles!"). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Here's Cabot's second diary-size, princess-pink volume of advice to aspiring princesses by HRH Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia. This time, she, her grandmother and friends rely on examples from history and fiction, mostly fairytales (fractured), cartoons, and films. Representatives of actual royals range from Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Noor of Jordan to exotic others like Cleopatra and Wu Zetian of China, who inspire advice in the form of "Random Acts of Princess," some of which are pretty lame—comments on poor little Anastasia of Russia are downright tasteless. It has to be said that this instruction manual is not as witty and cool as the previous Princess Lessons. Maybe there's just not that much left to be said about being a princess these days; maybe too many of the princesses are chosen from Disney cartoons, animations, comic books, and fantasy films. Princess Mia has lost some of her edge, and it wouldn't hurt to cut down on the use of her favorite comment, "Whatever!" Still, there are some heartening moments; for example, when Princess Alice of Greece whacks Czar Nicholas with her shoe to discourage his excessive rice-throwing at her 1903 wedding. "Way to go, Alice!" Teens will probably enjoy Chesley McLaren's sly and slightly skewed depictions of royalty and appreciate Mia's list of should-be princesses, which includes Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. After all, as Mia declares, "We think princesses rule." 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 12 to 16.
—Barbara L. Talcroft

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061971952
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Princess Diaries Guidebook
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
533,474
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Perfect Princess: A Princess Diaries Book (PLM)

A Note from
Her Royal Highness Princess Mia

Grandmère says the only way we as a society can learn from our mistakes is carefully to scrutinize them, and vow never to repeat them. I guess this would explain why I'm stuck in princess lessons with her every single weekday from four to six.

Not surprisingly, Grandmère thinks SHE's the most suitable person to consult about royal role models. She says in her day, young women did not look up to scantily clad, weapon-wielding princesses such as Xena and "that other one, the one with the robots and the buns on the sides of her head" (!!!!!!) but to royals such as Princess Margaret and Isabel of Spain.

And though Grandmère says that there are any number of highly memorable princesses she would recommend that I emulate, she always adds, "Though I feel I can say — without flattering myself, which would be highly unprincesslike — that I'm probably your most suitable role model."

Whatever! I suppose it is setting a good example to smoke a pack a day and swill down about a zillion Sidecars before breakfast.

On the other hand, it's true you hardly ever read about Grandmère in the National Enquirer. She is the epitome of discretion. At least, outside the confines of the palace. Inside, all bets are off.

Elizabeth,
the Late Queen Mother
by Grandmère, Dowager Princess of Genovia,
grandmother to Mia Thermopolis

[with commentary by Princess Mia]

The late queen mother of Great Britain — often vulgarly referred to as the "Queen Mum"— is a perfect example of a princess who comported herself with grace and dignity throughout her long life. The mother of the longest-ruling sovereign in British history, one of Queen "Bess's" most notable contributions to the throne was her insistence that her family stay together during World War II. Rather than shipping her two young daughters, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, to safety in the countryside, as many London parents were doing, the queen kept the girls at her side in the palace . . . a palace that was frequently strafed by Luftwaffe gunfire and even, on several occasions, bombed by the Nazi horde.

Her Majesty refused to be daunted by this senseless onslaught, and bravely visited her less fortunate subjects, commoners whose own homes had been blown to smithereens, in the very craters in which their beds once stood, offering tips as to how the damage might be repaired while never getting so much as a smudge on her crisp cotton gloves. Indomitable and cheerful throughout her husband's reign, the queen mother is a perfect example of a regent who showed grace under pressure . . . and always while wearing a delightful confection of a chapeau.

[Um. Okay. The part about not fearing the Nazis is cool.]
Grandmère's Random Act of Princess:

Be like the queen mother: Brighten the day of someone less fortunate than yourself by going to visit him or her while wearing a pair of white gloves and a charming hat with an adorable matching clutch. The poor soul will be cheered by the effort you will have made to look your best.

England's Princesses
Elizabeth and Margaret

Like their mother, the young Windsor princesses showed remarkable character during their teen years, despite living under constant threat of being murdered in their beds by an invading Nazi scourge. The brave princesses cheerfully assisted their mother in rolling bandages for the Royal Air Force, and wore cunning little khaki Wren uniforms, just like all the other British girls who chose to volunteer to stop the tyrannical oppression of the Axis powers by running canteens and casino nights for war-weary British soldiers. Through it all they had to endure not only the knowledge that they might at any moment be blown to kingdom come, but also rationing, as things like sugar and — perish the thought! — silk stockings were scarce and had to be saved for the war effort.

Perhaps most horrifying of all, during the height of the war, the princesses were forced to bathe in a maximum of only four inches of tepid water, and only once daily. I have it on certain authority that their mother put tape inside the tub to indicate the level the water was not to exceed. Such privations are doubtless why the two princesses grew into such responsible and respectable women, well capable of bearing the aristocratic mantle thrust upon them so early in life.

[That's nothing. During water shortages in the summer time here in NYC, the mayor's office issues directives about how often you are supposed to flush the toilet. Having to endure something like that is what I call character building. In fact, I might even be scarred for life.]

Mia's Random Act of Princess:

Be like Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret: Grow a Victory garden! You don't need a yard to do it, either. Plant basil and parsley seeds in cups of soil and place them on your windowsill. Snip off leaves when they are grown to add to salads, pasta dishes, even pizzas! This way, if an invading force ever enters YOUR city and supply lines to your local grocery store are cut off, you'll still have the ability to make tasty treats for your friends.

Perfect Princess: A Princess Diaries Book (PLM)
. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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