Princess: A Glittering Guide for Young Ladiesby Madame Sparklington, Stella Gurney, Fran Evans
Madame Sparklington is finally retiring from her exclusive finishing school for young ladies. But fret not! She is committing all her wisdom to this lighthearted yet practical guide to bringing out the princess in every girl. Within/b>/b>
Young readers to the tiara born will delight in this novelty-rich resource no princess would be caught without.
Madame Sparklington is finally retiring from her exclusive finishing school for young ladies. But fret not! She is committing all her wisdom to this lighthearted yet practical guide to bringing out the princess in every girl. Within these prettily packed pages are tips on how to dress; on deportment and etiquette; on health, hair and beauty; on Prince Charmings and preparing for your first ball. Gorgeously girly and filled with such novelties as booklets, flaps, and cards; a mix-and-match wardrobe; and glitter galore; here is a treasure trove of secrets for princesses to pore over and to put charming to good use.
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I first saw this book at my local library about nine months ago. The cover art and colors are what first caught my interest, and as I read the title, I thought of my youngest sister who was approaching ball season at her charm school class. I knew she'd like it and mentioned the title to her, but we never got around to checking it out. Recently, I decided to purchase the book for her birthday. The book is geared toward 6-9 year-olds and she turned twelve, but I thought she'd like it anyway because of her classes. She does love it. She like the interactiveness of the book, mixing and matching outfits, unfolding letters... I think a younger girl might not take such care with the pages, and the book is written at a level that would keep an older girl's interest, as well, so I wouldn't hold the age bracket the publishers give as law.
I gave this book to my 6 year old daughter. She loved it! She took very seriously the 'Etiquette and Manners¿ tips. It¿s a lovely book for girls at this age.
Tying into the idea that many little girls dream of growing up and meeting their Prince Charming, Candlewick Press has presented a sparkling primer for potential princesses. After all, there's a great deal for a girl to learn before she assumes her royal duties and little is omitted as we first receive tips on 'Etiquette and Manners,' then take a peek at 'Accessories,' next attend our first banquet, and at long last set sights on Prince Charming. (For the uninitiated, 'Flick open your fan and hold it so only your eyes are visible. Look directly at Prince Charming and then away again.') The unpaginated 10' by 10' volume is rich with foldouts, sparkles, and envelopes to be opened. Madame Sparklinton is our guide and certainly knows her p's and q's - everything from how to stifle a yawn because princesses should not look bored to suggesting a few royal curses that princesses may use as long as they don't do so often. Therefore, if absolutely necessary, you may utter 'Flippering Frogs' 'Oh, Bother!' 'Dash It and Diamonds' or in the most dire circumstances, 'Curses and Crowns!' Health and Beauty tips may present a challenge for some, such as rinsing hair 'in water from the purest mountain stream' or taking 'a soothing candlelit bath scattered with rose petals.' Nonetheless, one must persevere for the princely prize! Much of Sparklington's advice is delivered tongue-in-cheek, much is helpful, such as proper diet, exercise, and an illustration of table settings complete with directions for use of silverware. All of it is entertaining and bound to keep young misses enthralled for hours. Recommended for ages three and up. A deep curtsey to Candlewick! - Gail Cooke