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"There once was a princess so lovely and fair / with ruby red lips and a mane of brown hair. / Her voice was like honey, her smile soft and sweet... // but the beautiful princess had gigantic feet." No prince can see she is charming, because they can only see her big feet. Far away is a young prince with a nose as big as a barn. He, too, is charming, but maidens rebuff him because they can only see his gigantic nose. The obvious ensues when the two meet on a ski lift and fall in love (the princess's feet are so big they look like and act as skis, and his scarf hides his nose). Told in chatty rhyme from the title to the very last page, this cleverly plotted tale conveys its message--"I am what I am and that's all right with me"--with aplomb. The saturated colors and folk-like feel of the artwork are just right for this jaunty tale, a children's version of eHarmony.com. Fun that's just the right size. (Picture book. 4-7)
Posted October 14, 2010
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