Princess Stories is the big sister to popular board book My Princess Bible. Princess Stories, appropriate for girls ages 4 to 8, is a collection of first-person narrative stories about 29 women in the Bibleand the 30th story is about the reader, who is God's princess too. In each four-page story, the reader gets a rhyming verse about the princess (addressed to “Mirror, mirror on the wall”), a first-person story of the featured Bible woman and the special quality her life reflects, a Bible verse from another passage of Scripture that summarizes/relates to the character trait, and Princess Ponderingsquestions that help girls and their parents discuss the stories and relate the lessons to life.Through this book, girls will learn more in-depth stories of women of the Bible and how to apply Scripture to their own lives.
|Publisher:||Tyndale House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
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Princess StoriesReal Bible Stories of God's Princesses
By Carolyn Larsen
TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.Copyright © 2011 Carolyn Larsen
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Chapter OneEve The First Princess Genesis 1:26–2:25
Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who was the very first princess of all? A long time ago, before your birth, Eve was the very first woman on earth.
I am the first princess. I was the very first woman God created. Adam was the first man. God made him by using dirt from the ground and breathing God's own breath into him. God used one of Adam's ribs to make me, the first woman!
Adam and I lived in the Garden of Eden. It was a beautiful, happy place that God made for us. The Garden was full of gentle rivers, beautiful flowers, big trees, butterflies, swans, horses, and any other kind of animal you can think of.
God made sure we had everything we needed in the Garden. We knew how much he loved us. He gave us only one rule to obey. Life in the Garden was great ... until I did something that messed everything up.
The rule God gave us was, "Do not eat the fruit of the tree in the center of the garden." We had plenty of other food to eat, so it wasn't like we needed the fruit. But I could not stay away from that tree. The tree was beautiful and the fruit looked delicious. One day I was standing by the tree when a snake crawled up. "Did God really tell you not to eat that fruit?" the snake asked.
"Yes," I said, "God told us we would die if we eat that fruit."
"You won't die. If you eat it, you will be just as smart as God," the snake said.
Everything the snake said made sense. I grabbed a piece of the fruit and took a big bite. It was so juicy! So sweet! I gave some to Adam, telling him, "You have to taste this!" Well, Adam tried it too, and that's when our perfect world fell apart.
As soon as we swallowed that fruit, we felt guilty. We knew we had done something wrong. That evening when God came to the Garden, we hid from him. But it isn't possible to hide from God! He knew where we were. He knew we'd eaten the fruit we were not supposed to eat. God was sad that we had disobeyed him, so we would have to leave the Garden of Eden.
But that's not the end of the story for me, the first princess. Even though Adam and I had disobeyed God ... even though God was sad ... even though he had to punish us ... he still loved us. He would always be the King, and I would always be his daughter.
If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9
What was the one rule God gave to Adam and Eve?
When was a time you did something God didn't want you to do?
Read 1 John 1:9. What does this verse tell you about God's love and forgiveness?
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Table of Contents
ContentsEve: The First Princess....................1
Sarah: The Surprised Princess....................5
Hagar: The Remembered Princess....................9
Rebekah: The Helpful Princess....................13
Moses' Mom: The Protective Princess....................17
The Daughters of Z: The Teamwork Princesses....................21
Rahab: The Brave Princess....................25
Deborah: The Wise Princess....................29
Naomi: The Role Model Princess....................33
Ruth: The Loyal Princess....................37
Hannah: The Praying Princess....................41
Abigail: The Peaceful Princess....................45
The Widow of Zarephath: The Trusting Princess....................49
The Shunammite Woman: The Sharing Princess....................53
Naaman's Servant: The Faithful Princess....................57
Huldah: The Teaching Princess....................61
Esther: The Daring Princess....................65
Elizabeth: The Honored Princess....................69
Mary, Jesus' Mom: The Obedient Princess....................73
Anna: The Patient Princess....................77
The Woman at the Well: The Forgiven Princess....................81
Jairus's Daughter: The Blessed Princess....................85
Mary, Martha's Sister: The Listening Princess....................89
The Widow in the Temple: The Giving Princess....................93
Mary Magdalene: The Changed Princess....................97
Tabitha: The Kind Princess....................101
Lydia: The Welcoming Princess....................105
Priscilla: The Respectful Princess....................109
Lois and Eunice: The Family Princesses....................113
You: The Special Princess....................117
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is such a beautiful book! Little girls will be enthralled with the lovely pictures and stories of women from the Bible. I loved the questions at the end of each story to spark conversation and learning about what we can learn from the stories. I also thought the verses were just the perfect length for young readers to memorize. I really liked the way Larsen used the Mirror Mirror on the Wall idea from Snow White to introduce each story. Most little girls are familiar with the role of the mirror in Snow White, and it was such a clever way to draw them into each story. The recommended ages for this book are from 4 - 8 and I think that is right on. Girls in this age range love princesses and will really love the illustrations and stories. This book is a perfect way for girls to get to know a lot of women from the Bible and experience God's love through their stories.
Princess Stories is adorable! This book contains the accounts of 29 women (Eve, Rebekah, Rahab, Hagar, etc.) in the Bible. The pages are colorful and the women are depicted in drawings appealing to the young. (Think Disney-ish.) Each Princess’s story contains: • Their name and a subtitle, (such as The Surprised Princess, or The Helpful Princess.) • A concise “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who was the…” poem. The rhymes are simple and the short poems are memorable. • The woman’s story is told, as a first person account, in simple, yet clear, dialogue. (About that time, I came to the well to fill my water jug.) • A relevant Bible verse. • Each Princess’s segment concludes with an entire page dedicated to the princess who is reading the story. This portion is titled Princess Ponderings, and presents questions for the young readers to ask themselves. (What did Moses’ mom do to protect her son? Can you think of a time that someone protected you?) And the ponderings section closes with a final question that asks what a particular Bible verse tells us. (Read Genesis 28:15. What does this verse say about how God protects us?) Princess Stories is the perfect gift for a new mother, or any pre-school or early-school aged little girl. The multicolored pages and the sweet first person Bible stories will appeal to any young girl, and the illustrations will keep the interest of those who can’t read yet. A wonderful teaching tool, and opportunity for quality mommy and me time, as well as father/daughter life-shaping moments.
Princess Stories is a sweet devotional for girls. My daughter, who is 5, immediately knew it was a princess book even though she couldn't read. We have read several of the stories together and they are great. It starts with an introduction explaining the book and then goes through several women in the Bible. It starts with Eve and works it's way through ending with a section on the little girl being God's special princess. Each chapter on a Bible character starts with a little poem and then the story of that women as told from the viewpoint of the character. They explain what their life was like. Then there is a Bible verse and questions to discuss with your daughter called Princess Ponderings. I really, really love this book. It is super cute and even has a place to write in the front making it a super cute gift idea. I know my daughter will cherish this book for a long, long time.
Unfortunately, this book isn't accurate I'm not going to lie - I had high hopes for this book and had originally planned to buy it. As it turns out, I'm really glad I checked it out of the library first. A minor quibble with this book is that its not actually about real princesses in the Bible (or even female rulers), it's about any woman in the Bible who believed in God (& since God's King, these women are princesses). OK, eye roll, but I get it ... there aren't many "real" princesses in the Bible to fill the pages of this book. Not a huge deal. What annoys me the most about this book is how they claim certain women were the "most/best ______" princess. Rebekah (Issac's wife) was the most helpful princess, Naomi (Ruth's mother in law) was the best role model, Ruth was the most loyal, Hannah (Samuel's mom) the most prayerful, Elizabeth (John the Baptist's mom) the most honored, The woman at the well the most forgiven, and the reader the most special princess. (for a few examples ... almost every "princess" has some such extreme title given to her). The the "most" qualifier wasn't there, I wouldn't have a problem. Rebekah was helpful, Ruth was loyal, Hannah was prayerful, The woman at the well forgiven, and the reader special. But we have no way of knowing that any of these are the MOST or the BEST of anything. Further, some of the examples are just incorrect. E.g., Naomi was NOT a good role model - she moved to a foreign country when famine struck Israel (they weren't to associate with non-Israelites) & her two sons married pagan women (which was expressly forbidden by God)! The woman at the well was not the most forgiven - we are all equally forgiven for all sins are equally wrong. And there are other such examples of the Bible being misrepresented throughout the book. These issues with the book are a super disappointment. I was really looking forward to this book, but instead I feel that it falls short. It's not all bad, however,as there are a couple things I do like about the book. After every "princess" story there is a memory verse, and on the next page there are "Princess Ponderings" where the reader is asked a couple questions about the story just read, told to read a particular Scripture and then asked a question about it. I do appreciate that aspect of the book, but sadly I don't feel like I can recommend this work overall.
First of all, the design of this book is gorgeous. And with the intense interest in all things princess these days, why not teach young girls what a true princess really is? After all, when your Father is the King of kings, doesn't that make you His princess? The second reason I love this book: they author focuses on the well known women of the Bible, but also brings attention to the lesser known princesses, like Huldah, the teaching princess. Or the daughters of Z, the teamwork princesses. Each story is about two pages long, and the passage of Scripture is right there under the title of the reading, so you can take your little princess straight to the Bible. The story concludes with some questions both about the story and about making it personal for your little girl. The final story of the book is about you, God's Princess...about the difference you can make when you walk in the footsteps of the King. I'm getting a copy for my granddaughter! My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for a sneak peek at "Princess Stories" in exchange for an honest review. If you have little ones enamored with royalty, this is a book for you!
Princess Stories is my daughters (and my!) favorite bible story book and, believe me, we've got a lot of them! The book is expecially beautiful. It's got shimmery flowers on the outside (which you can't see in the stock photo) and has lovely illustrations on every single page. It's a collection of stories about 29 women in the Bible--and the 30th story is about the reader, who is God's princess too. All of the stories are told through the bible princess's eyes. Through this book, girls learn in-depth stories of women of the Bible and how to apply Scripture to their own lives. My daughters love their stories!
I loved the idea of having women who were brave and hard working be the role model instead ot how society protrays women as pamepred self indulgent empty women.
This is a great book to show young girls that they are special and that everyone has a gift to give from God. I wished I had this book growing up. You hear about the great men of the Bible, but I never knew all the wonderful women of the Bible. It also encourages young girls and builds confidence in showing how each woman was special in God's eyes and his plan. Each story tells of a different princess in her own words about her life. For example, there is The Forgiven Princess (the woman at the well) and The Brave Princess (Rahab). The illustrations are colorful and girly. There are also Princess Ponderings that ask your little princess thoughtful questions such as "Have you ever been very brave? What happened?" My daughter loved this book and almost read it all the way through when she first received it. It is very easy to read and understand. Reviewed by Cherese Vines
"Princess Stories" would be appropriate for girls ages 4 to 8. The book contains stories about 29 women in the Bible. It wraps up with the 30th story about the reader, who is God's princess too. Each story has a rhyme about the featured Bible princess followed by a narrative about the woman. There is a Bible verse from a passage of Scripture different from the actual Bible story that relates to that Princess' character trait. There is a teaching moment opportunity presented via the Princess Ponderings which are questions to guide discussion at the end of each story. This little book is a delightful way to begin introducing young girls to women in the Bible with more detail than your typical "story book." Girls are inundated with Princesses in fairy tale literature and other venues of entertainment and play, it is time we introduce them to God's princesses and let them learn the real meaning of being a princess. This hardcover book is printed in lovely feminine colors and designs on durable paper. The illustrations are nice and appropriate for the storyline. I received a complimentary copy of Princess Stories from Tyndale Publishers and was not required to give a positive review. All comments and ideas expressed are my own.
I received a complimentary copy of Princess Stories by Carolyn Larsen through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review and all opinions are my own. This is a cute book about the women of the Bible, designed to capitalize on society's infatuation with the Disney princesses. I enjoyed the format of the book, using a "Mirror Mirror" poem at the beginning of reach story is a nice way to draw the kids into the story. Changing to the princess' point of view allows the children to feel like the character is more real than it would be in a third person storyline. The last page for each princess has three discussion questions that the parent/guardian can talk with the kid(s) about after each story, helping to bring the story into real life and the child's life. My girls are 3 and 2, and this is a little bit beyond them right now. I'd say that if would be much better suited for children 5 and up.