The Sweetest Kissby Maranke Rinck, Martijin Van Der Linden
The prince desires a kiss. A sweet kiss from a sweet girl. And today is the day. The palace is filled with girls, the prince can choose any one. The hummingbird, the hippo or the black cat. Who is the sweetest of them all?
Gr 2-4- The tiny gold-crowned frog from this team's The Prince Child (Front St., 2004) is now about to choose a princess with the help of a crystal ball. While waiting their turn, the many candidates talk among themselves about their qualities and their chances of being selected. As in the earlier book, a lyrical poem is paired with a realistically painted animal. The selections themselves reveal in subtle ways the character of the animals reciting them, and, therefore, what their expectations might be to deliver to the prince "the sweetest kiss." The art is the standout, with each animal so realistic that readers are tempted to stroke its feathers or fur. The birds, hippo, dog, etc., are bedecked or decorated in gorgeous attire or colors, reflecting an amalgam of cultures. The poems and the subtle ending may be puzzling for children, but the paintings will draw them back for repeated examinations. Not destined to have universal appeal, this is still a good choice for larger collections.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Lemniscaat USA
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 10.20(w) x 12.90(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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