The Sweetest Kiss

The Sweetest Kiss

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by 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?

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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?

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
A frog prince sees beautiful "girls" inside a crystal ball. The ball assures him that the girls will want to kiss him, for "girls love princes." He is advised to choose the sweetest, so he has them sent in one by one. Each "girl" is a distinct, different creature. The hummingbird goes first, and the others are told that the prince is wrapped up with her. The hippo waits in the hall, practicing a kiss. Two foxes are in the kitchen, still waiting are the curlew, the kangaroo rat, and the black cat, the gannet. There is also the polar bear and the hedgehog, an odd assortment to be sure. The prince tells them he loves them all, and "Whoever loves me, too, may come and kiss me." They all do, making for an incredibly happy ending for the prince. The story unfolds in large, stunning, double-page scenes, each devoted to a single animal, in naturalistic paintings with only suggestions of settings but with elaborate decorations on the animals. We pause and even neglect the equally elaborate text to observe and puzzle over these, searching for hidden meanings. In the finale the prince is surrounded by ten frogs that are decorated like the original animals. The moral, if there is one, requires some thought.
School Library Journal

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, NJ

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ISBN-13:
9781590785195
Publisher:
Lemniscaat USA
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 12.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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