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The Princess and Her Panther
     

The Princess and Her Panther

by Wendy Orr, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
 
A brave older sister becomes a princess and her timid younger sister becomes a panther—and together, they begin a wondrous trek. Before their very eyes, their sandbox becomes a stretch of desert, their wagon turns into a trusty pack camel, they pitch their silken tent, and the two sisters have an extraordinary—and brave!—nighttime adventure in their

Overview

A brave older sister becomes a princess and her timid younger sister becomes a panther—and together, they begin a wondrous trek. Before their very eyes, their sandbox becomes a stretch of desert, their wagon turns into a trusty pack camel, they pitch their silken tent, and the two sisters have an extraordinary—and brave!—nighttime adventure in their very own backyard.

The world of imagination sparkles to life through vibrant illustrations, and the rhythmic text makes for a joyful read-aloud.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A warm and cozy tale of sisterly joy and sweet imagination."--Kirkus Reviews

"Children will recognize the thrill of confronting fears when you know that cozy comforts are right there when you need them."--Booklist

"Imagination is at the heart of this book as two sisters set out to camp in their backyard...This is a clever twist on the usual camping story and the fears that accompany it."--School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
A brave princess sets off on a daring adventure with her not-so-brave panther. Her goal is to trek across desert sand and pitch a royally red tent in the woods. As the day progresses, they watch a brilliant sunset, see the sky take on a purple tinge, and observe the night creep in with all the blackness it has to hold. The princess maintains an air of bravery, while the panther keeps trying to do the same. However, colorful, softly-brushed illustrations show the panther's growing wariness. The princess proceeds to soothe the panther with a bedtime book and a light in the tent. But once the light dims, the hiss of "leaf-snakes" presses close to their tent, an owl-witch flies nearby, a croaking frog moans, and a wolf-dog treads heavily. Finally, the brave princess and the panther who is gaining bravery shout together to scare off all the spooky things, and they are allowed a night of sleep. Only on the last two pages do readers get to see that the brave princess and her panther are two imaginative sisters camping in their own backyard. This whimsical tale allows youngster to relate to the experience of sleeping outside overnight and to see that while doing so, it is okay to be somewhat frightened of the unknown. It also stresses that youngsters are capable of overcoming scary experiences. The book works well at capturing the essence of teaching a lesson while still being entertaining. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 2—Imagination is at the heart of this book as two sisters set out to camp in their backyard. Their red tent becomes a royal shelter, the wading pool a lake, and the sandbox is the desert they toil across. The princess is stalwart, but her little sister, the panther, is unnerved when night falls. Orr's steady refrain is, "The princess was brave, and the panther tried to be," and the timidity of the panther is purposefully revealed in the rich acrylic illustrations. After one too many scares by neighborhood animals, the girls do not predictably retreat into the safety of the house but, instead, stand up to the night and are brave—both of them. The final spread shows that all is well in the tent, with a bright moon shining and the sisters contentedly asleep. This is a clever twist on the usual camping story and the fears that accompany it, and it pairs well with Margaret Ruurs's nonfiction When We Go Camping (Tundra) and Kristine O'Connell George's Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems (Clarion, both 2001).—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416997801
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Wendy Orr is the author of several novels and picture books including The Princess and Her Panther, Peeling the Onion, Ark in the Park, and Nim's Island, which was made into a film starring Jodie Foster. She and her husband live in Australia.

Lauren Stringer has illustrated many celebrated picture books, including Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray; The Princess and Her Panther by Wendy Orr; Scarecrow and Snow, both written by Cynthia Rylant; as well as her own Winter Is the Warmest Season and When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit her at LaurenStringer.com.

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