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by Susan L. Roth

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A girl whose mother has called her to get up and go to school imagines all the things she would be free to do if she were a princess.


A girl whose mother has called her to get up and go to school imagines all the things she would be free to do if she were a princess.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The visually arresting elements of this glossy plum keep excellent company with an understated comic text. When her mother attempts to wake her for school, a sleepy child muses about what life might be like if she were a princess. The playfully depicted regal lifestyle includes sleeping until 10 o'clock, eating chocolate for breakfast and wearing a crown, a gown and ``my diamond studded shoes.'' Though the central concept here is not too different from that of I Am Really a Princess (Children's Forecasts, Aug. 9), this is the sort of fantasy that certain would-be royals cannot get enough of. Each of the daydream's episodes is augmented by a full spread of well-designed, highly textured collage in sparkling colors that fairly spin off the page. The girl's pet cat (a resplendent creature made of delicately fringed white paper), and her larger-than-life mother are delightful bit players in this royal romp. The highly saturated colors and heady sense of ``shape play'' create a book of unusual visual intensity. Fit for a princess. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Her mother calls, "`Wake up, Princess! Time for school,'" but this child lies in bed thinking about what being a real princesss might be like. Her fantasies include eating chocolates for breakfast, staying up till midnight, sleeping in until ten, wearing a fancy gown with diamond-studded shoes, and prancing around on her royal pony. Vivid cut-paper collages capture the action and reflect the characters' moods. The fairy-tale life the child imagines comes to an abrupt halt when she informs her mother that she is not going to school. The final page shows the girl trotting off to meet the bus, arms loaded with school gear. ``Oh, well,'' she says. Easy come, easy go entertainment, with art-project potential.-Bambi L. Williams, Moore Public Library, OK

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"Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there lived in New York City a small, beloved princess. She was blessed with loving parents, two sets of loving grandparents, and plenty of loving uncles and loving aunts. At that time the little princess was the only child in the entire devoted family, and so she grew, adored, pampered and even spoiled, in her privileged house filled with books and music and art, writers and musicians and artists.

When the little princess turned four she and her parents moved to Rochester, New York. To make sure that she wouldn't feel too lonely having left most of the family in New York City, the little princess was soon provided with a brand new baby brother. He was sweet and smiling. The princess loved him, and she still does to this day.

Always looking for adventure, the family soon moved again, this time to Madison, Wisconsin, to a large palace on a lake. The princess blossomed with the roses. She was a good little princess. In all the years there, only once did she fall in the lake, but even though she was wearing her red velvet dress she wasn't scolded for it.

Time passed, palaces changed. Just before she turned sixteen, she and her little family moved one more time, to San Francisco, California. This time the palace sat high on a hill overlooking the bay.

It was in California that the princess completed her formal schooling, at Mills College in Oakland, with BA and MA degrees in art. Then it became time to find adventures of her own.

The no-longer-little princess set out to seek her fortune. Full of independence and anxious to give back to the society that had treated her so well, she took a job teaching underprivileged, inner-city children in Washington, D.C.

Not a week had passed when along came a knight in shining armor. Before the year was out, the princess and her knight were married.
They settled on the east coast, first in Washington, D.C., then for many years in Bethesda, Maryland, and later, for many more years, in Baltimore, Maryland. They lived happily with their three children.

Back in 1984, the no-longer-little princess began to tell stories of her own just like this one. Because of her interest in art, she always made pictures to go with her words. She began illustrating her tales with wood-cuts, but very soon her impatient nature forced her to find a faster medium. She chose collage. All but the first two of her 40 books are illustrated with cut and torn papers from all over the world, and bits of many other things, too: threads, fabrics, wood shavings, photographs, doilies, insides of envelopes, dried flowers. She is always looking for things to glue onto her pictures that she hopes are full of surprises.

Now the princess has silver hair. Her children are grown-ups. Nine years ago, she and her husband moved to New York. Today they live in a tiny palace, right on the river. They look at the New York skyline from the windows of their ivory tower. In spite of her silver hair, the princess is not old and tired. She still works hard, every single day, writing and illustrating books for children.

"And I'll never stop, either," says the princess, "because this is living happily ever after."

Well, what did you expect? Everyone knows that that's what princesses are supposed to do.

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Princess 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love a princess book? Great art.