The Sad Princess

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Using large-font type, these traditional tales contain plot twists, brightly colored illustrations, and slapstick humor. In Tortoise, the title character challenges Rabbit, Squirrel, and Mouse to race home, and they laughingly accept. Rabbit plans to run, Squirrel will swing through the trees, and Mouse will roll down a hill, but Tortoise wins by entering his shell ("I am home already"). In Princess the king offers a bag of gold to whoever can make his daughter laugh. The clown and the magician try, but it is the boy with two monkeys who is successful when one creature pulls off the king's crown and another replaces it with a banana peel. Written in free verse, Over the Moon! features a cow who tries to clear the full Moon with a cat along for the ride; the friends succeed when they instead jump a reflection in a puddle near the dish and the spoon. Rooster's Alarm features a sheep who cries "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" a cat who says "Baaa!" and more, and readers discover that "The noises were wrong all around the farm, because the rooster forgot to set his alarm!" The books' raucous appeal contrasts with Margaret Hillert's quieter retellings of Little Red Riding Hood, The Magic Beans, and The Three Goats (all Norwood House, 2006), which are set on smaller pages with a smaller font, and Harriet Ziefert's straightforward The Little Red Hen and The Teeny Tiny Woman (both Viking, 1995).—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This is an adaptation of the fairy tale about the princess who just refuses to laugh. The king is so worried that he offers a bag of gold to anyone who can make her smile. Finally, a young boy comes with his monkeys, and the situation becomes very funny indeed. The illustrations are richly colored and drawn with more than enough detail to tell the story themselves. The text is simple and easy enough to engage young readers, though parents will also enjoy sharing this one with their children. The book contains a page of advice for parents on how to encourage their developing readers. This is a great resource for home and school libraries. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778738725
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Tadpoles
  • Pages: 22
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Lexile: 130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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