The Princess Gown

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With the look of a classic storybook and a setting of palace courtyards and old-world shops and streets, this book features a one-of-a-kind wedding dress. When small Hannah discovers a smudge on the gown her family has created for the princess, she finds a way not only to cover the mistake but to improve upon the design. Out of mistakes come innovation!

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Overview

With the look of a classic storybook and a setting of palace courtyards and old-world shops and streets, this book features a one-of-a-kind wedding dress. When small Hannah discovers a smudge on the gown her family has created for the princess, she finds a way not only to cover the mistake but to improve upon the design. Out of mistakes come innovation!

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". . . practically edible. A tale fit for a princess, or at least an aspiring one." Kirkus Reviews

"...creating a nearly tangible, saturated texture...the pictures keep step with the well-paced tale." Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

Set in an anonymous kingdom of long ago, Strauss's (A Fairy Called Hilary) tale satisfyingly combines favorite story elements. When Hanna's tailor father enters a competition to sew the princess's wedding dress, the stakes are high: if he wins, he becomes embroiderer to the princess; if he loses, the family goes to the poorhouse. Family tradition dictates that each member put at least one stitch into every garment crafted in their workroom, and after Hanna's turn, she notices a tiny stain. Her daring, creative solution for fixing it-so clever, but so risky-will have readers of all ages holding their breaths. Laugesen's (The Blessing Box) animation-style illustrations-aerial and long-distance views mingled with closeups of wide-eyed faces-are rendered in oil crayon and linseed oil on colored paper, creating a nearly tangible, saturated texture. Presented in a consistent layout-a framed full-page image bleeding onto half of the facing page, alternating from left to right-the pictures keep step with the well-paced tale. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Have you ever dreamed of being a princess? Hanna admires the princess from afar as the young woman talks gently to a squirrel in a nearby tree. Hanna's father designs beautiful dresses, and his wedding dress for the princess contains drifts of blossoms and sparkling foam strewn upon the ocean. But suddenly Papa is horrified to notice a small stain on the dress: is the dress ruined entirely or can it be salvaged? The family decides to sew little squirrels around the hem before bringing it to the palace where 40 other gowns are on display. To their delight, the princess selects a dress from the House of Abraham (Hanna's family). When they arrive home from the palace, there is a new sign: Victor Abraham and Family, Embroiderers to the Princess. Young princesses will enjoy this delightfully crafted fairy tale; the pictures take the reader into a magical world. The Princess Gown will enchant readers of all ages. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
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Strauss fabricates a story about a contest in which a princess will select a wedding gown from among offerings sewn by many of the kingdom's tailors. Hanna's family has gone into debt to make their entry, and when the girl notices a tiny spot on the otherwise gorgeous dress, they fear that all is ruined. However, she saves the day by suggesting that they embroider a squirrel on one side of the skirt and an acorn on the other. Since the princess has a pet squirrel, this personalization proves the deciding factor in her selection of Papa Abraham's gown, the appointment of Hanna's family as Embroiderers to the Princess, and a new fashion at court. Laugesen's oil crayon illustrations lack the detail, texture, and depth that are needed to complement this tale of fabric and needlework. The unfortunate coupling of a rather flat and naive artistic style with a text that cries for sumptuous detail diminishes the book's potential.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
No princess-loving reader could resist this lovely confection. But beyond the pretty dresses to gaze upon, a well-crafted and thoughtful story keeps the pages turning as well. Hanna's father, a tailor who aspires to be "Embroiderer to the Princess," enters his wedding dress in a kingdom-wide contest. The family has gone into debt creating the masterpiece, and if it doesn't win, Hanna's mother says that the family will end up in the poorhouse. The night before the contest, Hanna discovers a spot on the dress that may or may not have been her fault. Everyone panics, but Hanna and her grandmother discover a unique way to cover it, by embroidering the princess's favorite animal, a squirrel, on the corner of the dress. Not only does the dress win, but the style becomes all the rage. The entertaining plot, inspired by an actual event, supports themes of rising above mistakes, creativity and courage. Laugesen's soft, sweeping artwork, especially of all the dresses, is practically edible. A tale fit for a princess, or at least an aspiring one. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618862597
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Linda Leopold Strauss's favorite dress ever was a dark red velvet gown that

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