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Princess in Training Hardcover – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152065997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152065997
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When it comes to being prim and proper, Princess Viola is a royal dud. The moat-diving, karate-chopping thrill seeker attends princess camp in hopes of learning to conduct herself in a more noble fashion. Despite rebukes from the camp’s etiquette-obsessed director (“Royalty does not skateboard”), Viola fails to dress, dance, or even wave in a remotely aristocratic way. And good thing, too, because a ferocious green dragon shows up, and the princess draws on her unusual talents to vanquish the beast, proving that acting nobly has little to do with fashion or frills. Berger’s spirited cartoonlike artwork amps up the merriment by blending comics elements (panels, motion lines) and action-oriented sound effects (Zip! Zup! Zoom!) with a pink-heavy palette and glitter-festooned cover. If the breezy story isn’t breaking entirely new ground, children will be having too much fun to notice, and Sauer’s message of being true to oneself is one they can’t hear enough. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kristen McKulski

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"Princess power saves the day in a humorous antidote to pretty in pink."
Kirkus

"A good choice for a 'be-true-to-yourself'-themed storytime or for anyone looking for a fun read."
School Library Journal

More About the Author

Tammi Sauer has sold more than a dozen picture books to major publishing houses. In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. Cowboy Camp was developed into a musical in Katy, Texas. Mostly Monsterly was selected to be a part of the 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. And Chicken Dance was released in French which makes her feel extra fancy. www.tammisauer.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Yang on May 10, 2013
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My daughter is obsessed with Disney Princesses... and it kills me, because I do not like how they are portrayed as helpless female victims looking for a husband to save them. This book is cute, because it is about an "unconventional" princess who enjoys to do non-gender specific activities. In fact -- She is the savior in this story! Due to the terminology, I would recommend this book for kids 3 and older.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bay area mom on June 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has quickly become one of my three year old daughter's favorites. She loves everything about it. It teaches an excellent lesson in staying true to yourself and that each person's talents are different and useful in their own way. I've also been using this book as a lesson in being brave. My daughter is afraid of the water, but wants to learn to swim, and is having a tough time getting started with swim lessons. I talked with her about Princess Viola being afraid of the dragon, but then being brave anyway and saving everyone from him. It's helping her at swim lessons to think about being brave like Princess Viola.

I did take one star away about the fact that the karate chopping in the book can cause problems. We did have to have several talks about how it is not ok to karate chop other people (poor baby sister had to endure a few karate chops) and things that might break.
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Bought this as a B-Day gift for my niece. She loved it & reads it all the time. Thanks Amazon
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By Karen R. on September 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book about a princess who realizes she doesn't have to be just like all the others to be great!
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