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PreSchool-Grade 1-This book may just fit the bill for some young royal wanna-bes; however, if they prefer their princess to be fighting off witches or saved from fierce dragons, they may be disappointed by the lack of plot elements. In a rhyming text, a little girl asks her mother various questions about princesses. She wants to know if they play in the sand and dirt, wear jeans and a messy old shirt, do chores, follow rules, eat vegetables, snort as they laugh, etc. Each spread has a one-line question facing the mother's one-line response. Gordon's whimsical paintings in pleasant pastel shades are a good match for the funny text. At the end, the child asks, "-do princesses seem at all like me?" She is told to "Look inside yourself and see-." The final page features a mirror with the message, "A princess is a place in your heart." This is as sweet as a little candy heart, but not a must-purchase.
Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID
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Gordon's whimsical paintings in pleasant pastel shades are a good match for the funny text. . . . This is as sweet as a little candy heart. (School Library Journal) --This text refers to the Board book edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Do Princesses...
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc; 3rd printing edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873588282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873588287
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Davidson on August 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a father, I enjoy nothing better than reading to my kids. It is such a wonderful way to connect and be involved in their lives and development. This book lights up the imaginations of little girls, not that they aspire to become princesses after reading it, but rather that they already ARE princesses! The book innocently introduces the child to her real self, and makes it OK to be just that - no need to pine away to be someone you aren't. If everyone could adopt that perspective, the world would be a much more loving place, and people would enjoy life with contentment and self esteem. Amazingly simple, yet profound. Thank you Carmela!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Emma on June 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book has a great message for girls, one that all the Disney Princess hoopla seems to miss. While I understand what the person said about it not being a reading book my response is, "So what!" Some important messages can be stated simply and with few words but they remain important nonetheless. Not every book needs to be a reading/vocabulary builder. Books that help with self-esteem, especially for little girls, are few and far between and very, very, necessary. Lastly, the illustration is terrific.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Patterson on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I don't like surprises when I order the kids books so I'm going to ruin it for everyone who does. On every page is a question for a girl to her mother. Then the last 2 pages make the book. She asks "Mommy, do princesses seem at all like me? Look inside yourself and see..." next page "A princess is a place in your heart." And then it has one of those kid proof crazy mirrors, but a mirror that works. It is just so sweet and makes me tear up almost. A must have for all of the princesses!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots by Carmela LaVigna Coyle is the companion book to Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs?

A feisty little girl asks her mother all the must-know questions such as, do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, walk in the rain, do chores, eat bread crusts and wear hiking boots? Then the important question; do princesses seem at all like me? The answers to these compelling questions are answered in rhyme by a caring mother in a thoughtful yet light-hearted manner.

The illustrations are colorful, sassy and delightful. Children will be drawn to them and want to continue to turn the pages. Coyle has written a book that children will want to read again and again.
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49 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Manzanita on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The illustrations are charming. Having written that, I have to say that I regret having purchased this book for my granddaughter. While I expected it to break stereotypes - after all, a hiking princess sounds like a strong female role model - it actually reinforces them. Once again, we're given the idea that it is perfectly acceptable to judge girls (and women) by their appearance. One page even mentions having a "bad hair day." The last page is the kicker, though, because it has a large, shiny mirror that the reader can use to decide for herself whether or not she looks like a princess. Ugh.

If you are interested in a story about a princess who defies stereotypes, buy The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch instead.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dari B. Brown on April 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Yes we do! This is a terrific book for every little girl who has ever asked a question about herself. Of course, we all have and the mother's gentle wisdom with a smile reinforces to girls of all ages that it is alright to be yourself and to live life with joy. Sweetly written with warm illustrations...and a surprise on the last page, this is a must have for every little girl you know.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Education Oasis on January 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What does it mean to be a princess? That is the theme readers explore as they move through each vignette in this charming book. On the left hand side of each double-page spread, the main character�a spunky little girl�asks her mother a question such as, �Do princesses climb trees?� and �Do princesses have to do any chores?� On the right hand page, the mother answers, always in the affirmative.
The rhyming text is cleverly and colorfully illustrated with cartoon-like line drawings. Each scene captures perfectly the spirited and likeable main character.
At the conclusion of the story, the little girl asks her mother, �Mommy, do princesses seem at all like me?� to which her mother replies, �Look inside yourself and see�� When the reader turns the page, there she finds a framed mirror, with her own face reflected, and beside it the words, �A princess is a place in your heart.� A fitting and perfect ending to a winning tale.
Reviewed by the Education Oasis Staff
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? is an enjoyable picture book about a young girl's search for identity. She wonders if princesses do ordinary things like wear hiking boots or drink sparkling punch, or are at all like herself. Whimsical color illustrations by Mike Gordon add a special vibrancy to this delightful and recommended "easy reader" tale by Carmela LaVigna Coyle.
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