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Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please?
     

Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please?

by Amanda Haley (Illustrator), Steve Metzger
 
Fractured fairy tales are paired with a lesson in manners in this book about a spunky-but-imperfect princess.

From the top of her tiara to the tips of her petite feet, Princess Isabel was perfect in every way but one: she wouldn't say "please." This character flaw soon catches up with her.

Three times Isabel's chance to find true love is thwarted by her

Overview

Fractured fairy tales are paired with a lesson in manners in this book about a spunky-but-imperfect princess.

From the top of her tiara to the tips of her petite feet, Princess Isabel was perfect in every way but one: she wouldn't say "please." This character flaw soon catches up with her.

Three times Isabel's chance to find true love is thwarted by her terrible manners. But in the end, Princess Isabel learns her lesson and lives happily every after.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Practically perfect Princess Isabel has but one flaw: she refuses to say please. On three separate occasions, this failing prevents her from getting a prince and living happily ever. Readers will be thrilled to see that these three instances are how Princess Isabel's story intersects with "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "The Frog Prince." Finally, Isabel learns the importance of saying the magic word and is rewarded with a princely, "Will you marry me?" Metzger does a good job of subtly teaching the concept of "humility and fine manners" without bashing readers over the head with it. Some of the humor will appeal to adults; for example, the Queen disguises herself as "a poor old woman with a strong resemblance to Groucho Marx." Haley's colored pencil and paint cartoon illustrations are filled with whimsy and will have princess aficionados wishing they could wear Isabel's crown, jewels, and dresses.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
What can you say when even the jacket blurb calls it "a lighthearted lesson in humility"? First of all, it isn't. Humility is not what is going on, just bad manners and a dose of fractured fairy tale. Isabel is perfect in every way, but she won't say "please." When Isabel leaves a tiny shoe at the prince's ball and is about to put her tiny toes into it, the prince says, "Say ‘please,' " but she won't. He goes off to meet Cinderella. Isabel's stepmother (who is really not attractive at all) offers her the poisoned apple, but since Isabel won't say please, Isabel remains without a prince. And when Isabel drops her golden ball into the frog's pond, she won't say please to get it back. But walking lost in a forest, she screams for help and says "please" to the prince who happens by to rescue her, and he is so taken by "her humility and fine manners" that he falls in love. Haley's cartoon characters have googly eyes, squiggly limbs and a sense of humor (see the Groucho glasses on the stepmother), and Isabel's pastel-and-rosebud look is right for the story. It's hard to know what to make of this. Saying "please" makes the prince appear and propose? Manners make the princess? If silliness is what was aimed for, it sort of succeeds--but, if so, it is not silly enough. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423231
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Amanda Haley illustrations for Reading to Peanut by Leda Schubert were noted as being "colorful" and "energetic" by Kirkus Reviews. Amanda has written and illustrated picture books and easy readers as well as designed paper goods and stationery. She lives in Milford, Ohio.

Steve Metzger has a master's degree in early childhood education. He has written more than sixty books and lives in New York City.

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