Princess Bess Gets Dressed

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Princess Bess has loads of clothes

made with satin, snaps, and bows.

And she changes them all day,

for her lessons and ballet.

But if a certain truth be told,

her ...

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Princess Bess has loads of clothes

made with satin, snaps, and bows.

And she changes them all day,

for her lessons and ballet.

But if a certain truth be told,

her favorite clothes are much less bold.

She carefully keeps them out of sight

until it's time for bed at night.

Then in her room without a care,

she plays in what she loves to wear.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

From the glitter on the jacket and Barbie-pink endpapers to the catchy rhymed descriptions of Princess Bess's "loads of" beautiful clothes, Cuyler's (100th Day Worries) sprightly story brims over with little-girl appeal. Princess Bess, depicted in debut artist Maione's zesty ink-and-watercolor art with carrot-colored ringlets and apple-red cheeks, leads a busy life (together with her omnipresent puppy, whose doings add an extra note of humor). Every activity of Bess's day, from ballet lessons to art class to jousting and chess, demands a different outfit. Even mealtimes require a costume change: "for luncheon with the prince/ she wore pink pantaloons of chintz," writes Cuyler; Maione shows her lounging barefoot in a treetop with an equally casually clad boy prince as a footman on a ladder holds a tray. But only when she has "closed her curtains, locked her door, dropped her dress upon the floor" is Bess finally free to dress as she likes-in her underclothes. The well-crafted rhymes roll easily off the tongue; Maione's droll pictures, balancing fashion-loving detail with Bess's brio, are a skillful accompaniment. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Deftly crafted rhymes describe the saucy young princess and the "loads of clothes" that she must change during the day. What she prefers to wear remains her secret to the end. Her schedule is a busy one, beginning with morning muffins with the queen and proceeding to art and dancing lessons, luncheon, games, afternoon tea, and supper, climaxing with a fancy ball. And the princess has the perfectly appropriate apparel for each occasion. Young girls should relish every detail. The sketchy ink and watercolor drawings barely touch the surface of the white pages in this airy, fanciful tale of a princess's daily activities. Humor dominates; the princess's dog, unmentioned in the text, participates in all of the actions with gusto. Lots of glitter on the jacket should add appeal. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
A stylish young princess, weary of dressing a la mode, yearns for her favorite outfit. In jaunty rhyming couplets, Cuyler describes Bess's extravagant array of trappings. From the moment she awakens until she retires for the evening, this fashionable young princess has an outfit for every conceivable occasion. Breakfast with the queen requires nothing less than velveteen while lunch with the prince finds Bess resplendent in chintz (pantaloons). The playful rhymes detailing fanciful costumes continue until Bess reveals her attire of choice. Maione's ink-and-watercolor illustrations depict a lavishly outfitted tot with a cascade of red curls. Her imaginative confections will satisfy even the most ardent of princess devotees. Comical details, such as the inclusion of Bess's mischievous pup in every vignette and the princess's recalcitrant expressions as she is bedecked and beribboned, keep the story from becoming cloying. A good choice for budding princesses both starry-eyed and sassy. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416938330
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 300,794
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler has written stories ever since she learned how to write. A children's book editor and author for more than twenty years, she now devotes most of her time to writing. Her many children's books include 100th Day Worries, illustrated by Arthur Howard, and The Biggest, Best Snowman, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Margery lives with her family in Princeton, New Jersey, in a house that's said to be haunted by a ghost!

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    While some young girls may dream of being a princess, wonder how many realize the attendant obligations. Certainly, there are probably quite a few perks to being a royal, however, it may be a bit of a trade-off as some princesses find that their lives are pretty much programmed for them. Such is the case with Princess Bess.

    She is busy from dawn to dusk and each occasion calls for a change of clothes. Fortunately, she has an enormous wardrobe, which is described as:

    "Princess Bess has loads of clothes
    made with satin, snaps and bows,
    buckles, ribbons, silk, and lace,
    pearly buttons sewn in place."

    Lucky girl? Well, not quite because what she really wants to wear is not ever part of her official costume.

    Heather Maisone's delightful pastel illustrations prettily detail this young lady's days, while author Cuyler relates the story in lilting rhyme. Youngsters will enjoy a peek at a palace, those who live there, and those who visit. Perhaps they'll also decide how very fortunate they are to quite often wear exactly what they want.

    - Gail Cooke

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