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Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures

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Once upon a time. . .    

A princess danced, a princess dreamed, another found a pea.

One kissed a frog, one saved a bird, another crossed the sea.

One ate an apple, one tamed a beast, one lost a satin shoe.

And another spun straw into gold, in ten tales told anew!

Ten of the most beloved princess stories are ingeniously ...

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Overview

Once upon a time. . .    

A princess danced, a princess dreamed, another found a pea.

One kissed a frog, one saved a bird, another crossed the sea.

One ate an apple, one tamed a beast, one lost a satin shoe.

And another spun straw into gold, in ten tales told anew!

Ten of the most beloved princess stories are ingeniously retold and splendidly illustrated—with cleverly hidden pictures—by author Grace Maccarone and artist Gail de Marken. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Pea to Snow White, these favorite tales will delight readers, happily ever after.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Maria Tatar
…enlivens the stories with rhymes, seek-and-find pictures, busy illustrations and unusual settings.
Publishers Weekly
★ 08/19/2013
Fairy tales often involve transformation, and Maccarone converts 10 familiar stories into swiftly moving and skillfully constructed iambic tetrameter poems. Despite the brevity of the retellings, Maccarone retains subtle moments of drama and humor; in “Cinderella,” she writes, “In disbelief, the prince ran, too,/ He lost the girl, but found a shoe.” Contributing delicate ink-and-watercolor paintings (which incorporate multiple objects for readers to locate), de Marcken smartly moves several of the stories outside Europe: “The Princess and the Frog” is set in China, and the African heroine of “The Princess and the Pea” is shown climbing onto a towering pile of boldly patterned mattresses. Although the rhymes can repeat themselves (“said,” “wed,” “wife,” and “life” come up often), it’s a minor quibble in what’s otherwise a splendid reimagining of favorite stories. Ages 4–6. (Oct.)
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Praise for Princess Tales:

"These are paintings to pore over: depictions of familiar fairy tales in sometimes unusual settings that are each filled with tiny seek-and-find details meant to entrance 3- to 8-year-olds. The accompanying text by Grace Maccarone rattles along in droll rhyme that is a pleasure to read aloud (though in print so small that adults may do some poring themselves)." —The Wall Street Journal

"...a splendid reimagining of favorite stories." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

" This inventive book pairs 10 familiar stories retold in verse with seek-and-find illustrations. …The fun lies in the art. In some selections, the tale has a new locale. “The Princess and the Frog” has a Chinese setting complete with pagoda, dragon kite, and pandas, while “The Princess and the Pea” takes place in an ornate African court." —School Library Journal

“Inventive and engaging.” —Booklist

“…a classic collection that can be recommended for public library and home collections.” —Children’s Literature

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Here is a book that seeks to hold the reader’s attention, to thrill the senses with both text and image, and to engage the reader in a bit of added fun. For this collection, MacCarone has selected ten classic tales: “Cinderella,” “Thumbelina,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Snow White,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Princess and the Pea,” “Rumplestiltskin,” “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” “Twelve Dancing Princess,” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Each story is told in verse, alongside gorgeous, detailed works of art. At the bottom, a note directs readers to look for certain items in the illustration. For example, on the spread for Cinderella’s tale, they must find “3 fiddlers, a flag, 2 watches, a wand, and a see-through shoe.” The pictures here are more than just candy to the tale, they are the playscape of the child’s imagination. Note that all of the tales end in marriage; there is no creative, feminist revision at work here. Still, this is a classic collection that can be recommended for public library and home collections. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 3–5—This inventive book pairs 10 familiar stories retold in verse with seek-and-find illustrations. For example, "Cinderella" is illustrated through one dramatic, watercolor and ink spread that depicts Cinderella running away from the ball toward her pumpkin coach. Readers are invited to find fiddlers, a wand, and a see-through shoe, among other items. Plenty of lively details, including references to other fairy tales and nursery rhymes, enliven each colorful picture, but the rhymes are abrupt and sometimes forced. ("'Be mine,' said he. 'Oh, yes,' she said./The happy couple now is wed.") The fun lies in the art. In some selections, the tale has a new locale. "The Princess and the Frog" has a Chinese setting complete with pagoda, dragon kite, and pandas, while "The Princess and the Pea" takes place in an ornate African court. The narratives are undistinguished, but this new twist on picture puzzle books should entertain a wide audience of fairy tale readers.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312679583
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 83,745
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Maccarone

Grace Maccarone is a children’s book editor and the author of many books for young readers, including Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the First-Grade Friends series. She lives in Westchester, New York.

Gail de Marcken is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Quiltmaker’s Gift, The Quiltmaker’s Journey, Miss Hunnicutt’s Hat, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. She and her husband live year-round in the woods near Ely, Minnesota.

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