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Princess Says Goodnight Hardcover – May 4, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061455253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061455254
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2—As her tired parents lead their prancing little girl off to bed, all three become transformed into royal personages via the hall mirror. What follows is a fantasy bedtime routine in which the little princess, home from the ball, climbs the palace stairs and enters her royal bed chamber where "a frothy glass of milk with chocolate cream éclairs" await her. A servant draws her royal bath, ladies-in-waiting sing a lullaby, and there's a bedtime story, too. Most magical of all, the two royals who attend the princess become parents again, just in time for a good-night kiss. "Every...shade of pink—/mauve and peach and rose," the princess's favorites, predominate in Small's humorous watercolor and crayon cartoon spreads. The family dog rolls its eyes as the little girl begins her routine. She bathes in a swan-shaped tub and sleeps in a vast room complete with an ornate, canopied bed. The child is all motion and delight as she savors her many amenities. The rhyming text is brief and will be more thoroughly enjoyed by youngsters who have some knowledge of fairy tales. The princess polishes her glass slippers and kisses her frog, Prince, while her dad searches under the mattress for peas. This is a good choice for parents seeking a bedtime story for their aspiring princesses. Karma Wilson's Princess Me (S & S, 2007) can add even more royal pleasure.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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About the Author

Naomi Howland is the author and illustrator of several children's books, including ABCDrive!; Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat; and The Matzah Man. A painter and printmaker, she earned a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Naomi raised two princesses and one prince in Claremont, California.



David Small is the illustrator of more than forty picture books. His drawings have appeared regularly in the New Yorker and the New York Times, and his books have been translated into several languages and made into animated films and musicals. David won a Caldecott Honor and the Christopher Medal for The Gardener, written by his wife, Sarah Stewart, and the Caldecott Medal for So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George. David and Sarah make their home in an 1833 manor house on a bend of the St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan.


More About the Author

My name is Naomi Howland and I am an author and illustrator of books for children. The books I have written and illustrated are the kinds of books I loved best as a child. I was a big fan of Cinderella and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I poured over the pictures, the dresses, and shoes. In my own illustrations, I try to include the kind of details children will get lost in as they listen to the story being read.

Picture books are told in words and art. Ideally neither element should stand alone and together the words and art create a book worthy of returning to time and time again.

The picture of me was taken in my kitchen. When I am not drawing or writing, I can usually be found cooking for my family and friends. It's my favorite way of relaxing!

Please visit my website: naomihowland.com for more information.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is an instant classic. It blends make-believe with all the things that a child must do to get ready for bed, with charming verse and imaginative illustrations. This is the perfect book for any little girl who wishes to be a princess.
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As others state, the book is about a little girl's bedtime ritual. At the beginning you can see her looking into a mirror imagining what princess life is like as she starts down the hall to begin getting ready for bed.. (I had to explain this part to my daughter - why the mirror was not an exact reflection).

We picked out this book at the library after her first day of school last week. She cannot put it down and makes me read it to her every night since. Tonight, she looked at me and said she was sad she had to bring it back to the library soon and that she loves this book. She's always been a reader, and typically prefers Ariel (Disney princesses), Pinkalicious, Ladybug at the Beach and others... but I've never seen a look in her eye quite like this. I immediately came downstairs and purchased the book... and am writing the review which I never really do.

It really is an adorable book and any 4-5 year old will love it!!
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By GKC on January 12, 2011
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I have not given this to my daughter yet but plan on reading it to her class for her 7th birthday. I would say that the ideal ages are 4-6. Great illustrations. My daughter would be able to read it herself and think it interesting enough to read/be read to. Just enough words on each page (not too many to be overwhelming and long enough to soak in the pictures). Lovely story. Recommend.
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The little Princess curtsied before a mirror imagining herself in a flowing pink gown, a beautiful vision from her toes to her tiara topped red curls. Her parents smiled and hugged each other as they watched their Princess in her imaginary reverie. She twirled as she left the ball and her parents were as equally regal as she was. The palace was splendid and even had a court jester and a lady in waiting. She held a candelabra aloft as she ascended the stairs to her bedroom.

She had a "frothy glass of milk with chocolate cream éclairs" before she would get ready to sleep in her fancy four poster bed. Princess closed her eyes and wistfully stood at the tower balcony. She could count sheep or "wish upon a star" before going to sleep. There were many preparations to be made before a little girl of her stature retired for the night. Perhaps a bubble bath was in order and she could put on a "bathrobe made of silken lacy flounce." There were so many things to do. "Will Princess hang her tiara / on the bedpost overnight? / Does she get a bedtime story / before turning out the light?"

This is the perfect story to read to your little Princess before she snuggles into bed for the night. The Princess in this delightful story has shades of "Fancy Nancy" woven into its pages. The reader will love following this imaginary tale from Princess's first peek in the mirror until she is fast asleep in her bed cuddled up with her kitten and a stuffie. The artwork has just the right "elegant" touch to make this Princess come glamorously alive. If you have a little Princess in your house, this would be a perfect bedtime story!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on November 2, 2010
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A young princess dances through her night-time ritual of goodnight, from fancy dress and party ball to bubble bath and pink bathrobe. Readers will realize that there is a night-time story being told, reminding them of the fabulous fun of saying goodnight. Children ages 3-6, especially girls, will appreciate this tale of goodnight.
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