The Very Little Princess: Rose's Story

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Now in paperback, Marion Dane Bauer's tale of friendship, family, and fitting in, which recalls The Doll People, Rumer Godden, and Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.

Regina is a princess. Her hair is gold. Her gown is pink. She's a three-and-one-quarter-inch-tall doll. Rose is not a princess or a doll. She's a real girl with dark curly hair and wild ways. Dishes seem to leap out her hands. Pencils snap. Her homework papers blow away in the wind. ...

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Overview

Now in paperback, Marion Dane Bauer's tale of friendship, family, and fitting in, which recalls The Doll People, Rumer Godden, and Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.

Regina is a princess. Her hair is gold. Her gown is pink. She's a three-and-one-quarter-inch-tall doll. Rose is not a princess or a doll. She's a real girl with dark curly hair and wild ways. Dishes seem to leap out her hands. Pencils snap. Her homework papers blow away in the wind. Her mother insists she's too thoughtless to have such a fragile doll, but Rose doesn't care.

Then something magical happens—Regina comes to life! For such a tiny thing, she's a bossy spitfire. Still Rose is worried. She knows Regina is as delicate as ever. What happens if you break your best friend?

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Rummaging in the attic, Rose comes across a tiny china doll dressed like a princess and shoves it in her pocket. Her mother is sure that her careless, sloppy daughter will break the toy and is reluctant to let her have it. When she reaches for it, it falls from Rose's hand and over the banister. Scrambling down the stairs, Rose finds that the doll is unhurt. The next day, she decides that taking it to school for show-and-tell will impress her classmates. She changes her mind, but her teacher insists that she participate. The child bolts from school, carrying the doll tightly in her sweaty hand. She is not prepared for her to wiggle and squeal to be released immediately. This is one demanding and prickly princess. Even more amazing, Rose discovers that her teenaged brother is well acquainted with the doll. He named her Regina when his mother gave her to him as a little kid. Sam relates how he played with her and got into fights about the doll. The story meanders on with Rose and Regina bickering back and forth, but neither one changing, and Regina wonders if Rose will ever learn to be responsible. These two characters are not likable enough to make readers want to know more about them. Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin's "The Doll People" series (Hyperion) is a much better choice.—Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375856945
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,012,157
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than forty books for children, including the Newbery Honor-winning book, On My Honor, and Rain of Fire, which won a Jane Adams Peace Association Award. She has also won the Kerlan Award for the body of her work. The Blue Ghost was named to the Texas Bluebonnet Master List and to the masterlist for the Sunshine State Award. Her Stepping Stones mystery, The Secret of the Painted House, was a CCBC Children's Choices Book. Check out her website at www.mariondanebauer.com

Elizabeth Sayles's luminous art can be seen in over twenty children's books, including The Goldfish Yawned, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book for 2005, Millions of Snowflakes, and Billy Crystal's I Already Know I Love You, a New York Times #1 best-selling picture book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Rileys review of THE VERY LITTLE PRINCESS roses story

    It is pretty good. I believe it tells you the story from the dolls point of view. After reading the first book and the sample book it all makes sense.

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