Princesses Are Not Perfect

Princesses Are Not Perfect

by Kate Lum, Sue Hellard
     
 

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Princesses Allie, Mellie, and Libby are very busy at their rose covered palace by the sea. Princess Allie bakes the best cakes you've ever had. Princess Libby is an expert at building things. And Princess Mellie can grow almost anything in her garden.But the princesses are tired of being the best at just one thing. So when it's time to prepare for the Summer Party,

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Princesses Allie, Mellie, and Libby are very busy at their rose covered palace by the sea. Princess Allie bakes the best cakes you've ever had. Princess Libby is an expert at building things. And Princess Mellie can grow almost anything in her garden.But the princesses are tired of being the best at just one thing. So when it's time to prepare for the Summer Party, the princesses decide to switch places! Allie will build the chairs, Mellie will bake the cupcakes, and Libby will grow berries in the garden. After all, princesses are good at everything. . . . right?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Industrious princesses Libby, Allie, and Mellie return for another go-round in their florid seaside palace in this companion to Princesses Are Not Quitters! This time, Princess Mellie announces she's tired of always working in the garden, so the princesses switch it up: Allie will build things, Mellie will bake, and Libby will garden. But even though “Princesses are good at everything,” they realize it might be best to stick with what they love. Their DIY attitudes leave prissier princess stories in the dust; an excess of tremendously ruffled gowns, dramatic hairdos, and other princessy accoutrements ensure capricious flair. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Cherie Ilg Haas
While the three princesses of this story are very talented in their own ways, they —like all of us—aren't completely perfect. Each has her special talent: Allie is a wonderful baker, Libby is a creative builder, and Mellie is a meticulous gardener. Although the princesses love what they do, they choose to change things up a bit by switching roles; when the housekeeper, Mrs. Blue, gives the girls specific tasks to complete for a special party, they jump to the challenge. Even Mrs. Blue is surprised that Mellie will bake the 100 cupcakes, Allie will build the 100 chairs, and Libby will bring the 100 baskets of blueberries for the party. As they strive to do their best at work that they're not used to, they each discover that perhaps, just because they're princesses, they're not expected to be flawless. Dainty illustrations in watercolor fill the pages of this charming tale of accepting one another's natural skills. Reviewer: Cherie Ilg Haas
Kirkus Reviews
In this rollicking sequel to Princesses Are Not Quitters! (2002), Lum's trio of perseverant princesses discover that being royal does not make one perfect. Princesses Allie, Libby and Mellie excel at their favorite pastimes, which are baking, building and gardening, respectively. On the eve of their grand Summer Party for the children of their populace, Mellie impetuously decides they should switch their tasks. Unfortunately, their mantra-"princesses are good at everything"-leads to mayhem, as they attack their new chores with more enthusiasm than skill. The author gracefully leads readers to the conclusion that princesses-and others-succeed best when they do what they enjoy. Hellard's ornate watercolors burgeon with humorous details; her vivid paintings depict billowing gowns and towering hairdos that cheekily represent each princess's hobby. This sprightly tale will enchant aspiring princesses. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Believing that "Princesses are good at everything," princesses Libby, a master builder; Mellie, a master gardener; and Allie, a master baker, switch roles before a party, with predictable results. Then, during an all-nighter, they whip each others' mistakes into shape and make cupcakes, baskets of blueberries, and little chairs for their guests. This companion to Princesses Are Not Quitters (Bloomsbury, 2003) offers a slim portion of merit, especially in its whimsical and cleverly detailed watercolors (such as the screwdriver in Libby's coiffure, the wooden spoon in Allie's, and the flowers in Mellie's). Unfortunately, it suffers from a didactic resolution and frivolous story line. Frilly dresses, pink puppies, golden table settings, and sumptuous, far-fetched desserts abound. Still, princess fanatics will clamor for a story detailing preparations for a summer party at a rose-covered castle by the sea.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904320
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Lum grew up in New England, headed to Canada for university, and never quite made it home again. She is now settled in a picturesque little theatre town near Toronto with her husband, an entrepreneur, and two children. She is also the author of Princesses Are Not Quitters and Princesses are the Prettiest.

Sue Hellard is the illustrator of Where's My Hug?, Princesses Are Not Quitters!, and Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles. She lives in England.

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