The Princesses Have a Ball

The Princesses Have a Ball

by Teresa Bateman, Lynne Cravath
     
 

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Every night twelve princesses wear out their shoes. The king wonders what his daughters are up to at night. But with the help of a clever cobbler, the perfect shoes, and a very special ball, the princesses soon make their own dreams come true!See more details below

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Every night twelve princesses wear out their shoes. The king wonders what his daughters are up to at night. But with the help of a clever cobbler, the perfect shoes, and a very special ball, the princesses soon make their own dreams come true!

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"Kids will have fun comparing this fresh take with the original story."

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"Bateman's verse uses wordplay and offers a fresh look at the beloved story."

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Publishers Weekly
"Bateman gives this retelling of the 12 dancing princesses a shot of girl-power," said PW. Ages 7-10. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In an athletic twist on "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," these nocturnal royal sisters are dancing around a basketball court (divided into two teams and two substitutes). It takes the clever cobbler to solve the mystery of their worn-out shoes and to come up with better footwear for these WNBA wanna-bes. "He designed a shoe/with a rubber sole,/and a high-topped edge/to stop ankle roll./He put arch supports/in the proper places,/and ditched pink ribbons/for sturdy laces." Finally, at a fancy dress ball, the princesses reveal their dribbling talents, which not only delight the king, but also inspire him to be their new referee. Bateman's verse uses wordplay and offers a fresh look at the beloved story. Cravath's cartoon pictures have just the right look, adding amusing anachronistic features such as an airplane advertising a big reward while men in tights and women in ball gowns frolic below. Pair this inventive story with any of the more traditional versions for a fun look at classic tales and their retreads.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Maybe princesses used to dream of marrying princes and dancing at formal balls, but here are twelve contemporary ones with something else in mind. Their puzzled royal father can’t figure out how they go through elegant shoes so rapidly, but a young cobbler cottons on: "It’s strange, / but it’s clear to me / that these shoes were worn out / athletically." A bit of nocturnal spying tells the tale—the princesses have taken to spending every night shooting hoops on an underground court. The cobbler proceeds to invent high-tops, and in no time the royal court’s being treated to a "ball" of a different sort. Cravath (I Hate Weddings, not reviewed, etc.) depicts smiling princesses of varied hair and skin color in bright, cleanly drawn watercolors; King dad looks like a typical suburban father, wearing a knit shirt under his fur-trimmed cape and ensconced in a Barcalounger with his TV remote. Wisely, the cobbler makes dad his own high-tops since he’ll need them as the referee. Bateman’s (Hunting the Daddyosaurus, p. 176, etc.) ear for rhythm fails her at times, but her rhymed update of this classic tale trips cheerfully along nonetheless. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807566282
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Albert Whitman Prairie Bks.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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