In her latest outing, Little Princess is going camping and she doesn't need any help—at all. "No!" she replies when the general offers her his horse. "I want to do it myself!" But when the princess arrives at her campsite, she discovers that she's left some items behind (like, say, a tent, food, and a blanket) and has to search the woods for supplies. Thanks to a legion of bustling servants, the items appear in her absence, providing ample humor. With gestural strokes, Ross's ink and watercolor illustrations play up the princess's impudence; readers should relate, while recognizing that a little assistance never hurts. Ages 4�9. (Mar.)
Every preschooler will relate to this independent little princess who wants to show the world that she is old enough to take care of herself. As she sets out on a solo camping trip, she realizes that she forgot to pack a few necessities, or did she? Things seem to show up just when she needs them. This well written tale will be at its best as a "read-aloud" story using a repetitive theme that builds to a satisfying and amusing conclusion. Listeners will enjoy being "in" on the joke that the unwitting little princess does not seem to grasp. Large water color illustrations provide a wealth of detail that will captivate a young listener's attention. The whimsical drawings capture the frustration and confusion the hapless princess suffers without detracting from the humorous story line. Young boys will have no trouble identifying with the story as the illustrator has dressed the young princess in plain, almost genderless garb. Her gender is not an important factor in this story. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
PreS-Gr 1—In a burst of independence, Little Princess decides to take a camping trip alone. Everyone in the castle rushes to help her get ready, but she wants to do it alone. Putting more energy into the declaration than the preparation, she manages to arrive at her campsite completely ill-equipped. She has forgotten everything from her tent to her toothbrush. Fortunately she gets a great deal of behind-the-scenes help and returns to the castle no wiser, believing she really did do everything herself. The charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations and clever play between words and pictures help set the tone to keep the story fun. Fans of the series will be pleased to have another installment.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA