The Very Little Princess: Rose's Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

In a classic storyteller's voice, Newbery Honor recipient Marion Dane Bauer tells a tale of friendship, family, and fitting in that recalls The Doll People, Rumer Godden, and Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.

Rose is a wild child. She doesn't care what her mother or teacher or schoolmates say—she does what she wants. When she finds a delicate china doll in the attic, she takes it. Then the doll comes to life in her hand. She's loud, obnoxious, ...
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The Very Little Princess: Rose's Story

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Overview

In a classic storyteller's voice, Newbery Honor recipient Marion Dane Bauer tells a tale of friendship, family, and fitting in that recalls The Doll People, Rumer Godden, and Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.

Rose is a wild child. She doesn't care what her mother or teacher or schoolmates say—she does what she wants. When she finds a delicate china doll in the attic, she takes it. Then the doll comes to life in her hand. She's loud, obnoxious, selfishly bossy, and claims that she's a princess and Rose is her servant. But she's also tiny and fragile. She needs Rose to keep her safe. And maybe Rose needs Princess Regina, too.


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Editorial Reviews

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
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Rose finds a tiny, fine china doll in the family's attic and, much to her mother's dismay, claims the doll for her own. Rose is a clumsy child and her mother fears for the doll's safety, but Rose promises to take good care of it. Imagine her surprise when the doll wakes up and begins to demand things of Rose, such as to be treated like the royalty she thinks she is. Rose names her Regina, because that is what her brother Sam calls Rose sometimes. Regina is demanding and arrogant, but that does not bother Rose—she just ignores the doll's attitude or laughs at her. They become constant companions (except when the girl forgets the doll) as Rose deals with everyday life, including child and adult bullies. Along the way, Rose discovers Sam also used to play with Regina back when he was younger and not the big football star he is now. He buys them a beautiful doll's house and Regina happily ensconces herself in the pink and frilly bedroom, where she turns back into just a china doll. This is the sequel to "Zoey's Story." The story telling itself is charming, in an old fashioned, fairy tale way. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375898228
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 868,866
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

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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