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Princesses Are Not Quitters Paperback – June 16, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Princesses Are Not...
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (June 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582349878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582349879
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 9.1 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Bored with their lives of pampered luxury, Princesses Allie, Mellie, and Libby enviously watch three servant girls "Out in the fresh air, doing interesting things" and decide to swap jobs for a day. The young royals eagerly run off to work in high-heeled shoes and towering bouffant hairdos, but after polishing the windows, scrubbing the fountains, and washing the dogs, they begin to realize just how hard they must toil. Their afternoon and evening chores seem even more daunting, from making butter to shearing sheep, but they persevere. The next morning, although exhausted, the formerly spoiled young ladies take pride in their accomplishments: "Say! I think- I made this bread!" With newfound empathy for others, they proclaim new rules: "WORK no more than you can do" and "SPEND an hour every day just SITTING in the gardens." Hellard's watercolor illustrations humorously depict the mayhem created as the princesses try, often unsuccessfully, to keep up with the ever-growing list of duties. Witty details, such as a chicken making a nest and laying eggs in Princess Libby's voluminous hair, are sure to please. Children will enjoy the role reversal in this lighthearted tale.
Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. "Being a princess is the dullest ever," moans Princess Allie, who, along with her two sisters, decides to liven things up by trading places with three palace servants for a day. Supervised by amused Mrs. Blue, the sisters labor from morning until night, determined not to let anyone say "Princesses are quitters!" The following morning, the three emerge with a changed worldview and issue new regulations in their "princessdom": fewer working hours, more food, and more fun. Best of all, the princesses, having learned the satisfaction of work, continue to help with chores. Lum's messages are heavy, but her whimsical text will lend itself well to reading aloud, taking on an almost chanting rhythm as it lists the princesses' chores: "SWEEP the path and WEED the garden and SCRUB the fountains." Hellard's scribbly watercolors enhance the cheeky fun, mixing silly details with enough elaborate gowns and lavish palace scenes to satisfy young royalists. For another princess tale about strong, unconventional girls, suggest Robert San Souci's A Weave of Words (1998). Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by.

A bit about me: I was born in New England but live in Ontario. I have two kids who are almost grown up. I wrote "What!" for my son, and the first "Princess" book for my daughter.

"What! Cried Granny" is for every kid who resists bedtime, and every adult who makes it happen anyway. Brilliant illustrations by Adrian Johnson.

The "Princess" series -- their third story is coming soon!-- is about three imperfect but good-hearted Princesses. They run their own Princessdom, not without mishaps; they figure it out as they go. Hilarious illustrations by Sue Hellard. Check out the hairdos!

"Stanley's No-Hic Machine" is the fourth in a series about Stanley the capable dog, by wonderfully quirky artist Bernice Lum.

Enjoy!

Kate

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It is a fun book to read, and has a good lesson.
ambersunrise
We had to purchase this book because it never grows old and the girls learn the value of helping, sharing and thinking of others.
D. Beck
I bought this book for my 5 year old daughter and we both love it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wm19 on July 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My niece is 5 years old and wants to be a princess. Princess clothes, princess stories, princess pictures. She thinks being a princess means you are the most beautiful of all, have the most beautiful clothes, and get the handsome prince. Beauty is the sole criterion for princesshood.
Thankfully, there's this book to teach her that the most important and admirable quality in princesses is that they try new things, work hard, are nice to others and never give up. This book gets 5 stars because it's funny, imaginative, excellently illustrated, and reminds kids that princesses have moral qualities of being good people. It's not enough to be beautiful, pampered, rich and wear beautiful clothing; a princess should also be kind, industrious and have a sense of self-respect and a strong work ethic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adria P. Schoen on June 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect updated fairy tale. It's light and charming, and makes you feel it's okay to let your little ones indulge their princess obsessions. The three bored princesses trade places with their servants for a day, and it turns out to be a real eye-opener. The princesses make a change for good, and end up sharing the palace workload on a permanent basis. The message of compassion is never too sappy, sweet, or preachy, and the illustrations are truly humorous. I also really enjoyed the rhythm of the text when reading it to my kids. My two girls love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kate Lum's Princesses Are Not Quitters is a humorous picture book story about three bored princesses who decided to become servants for a day. But it turns out that servants have so much to do, in so little time! Charmingly illustrated by Sue Hellard, Princesses Are Not Quitters is an adventurous and recommended read about the race to discover one's own capabilities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on November 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just saw and heard Kate Lum read Princesses are not quitters, and the book is even better read live. In drawing inspiration from her daughter, she was able to create a story that saw the other side of "princessdom" as she called it. The princesses learn what hard work is, and that there is more to life than privilege and possessions. Very cute and different! Most enjoyable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gramz on January 1, 2011
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I was looking specifically for a fictional "princess" book for my 5 year old granddaughter. The reviews on Amazon for "Princesses Are Not Quitters" were so positive that I ordered it. It was EVERYTHING I was hoping for. It is truly a delightful book that holds her interest, as well as another 2-1/2 year old granddaughter and even a 6 year old grandson. When he listens to me read it, he says he is doing it to be nice to his younger sister, because he doesn't think it's cool for a boy to like princesses. But he still hangs around for the entire story. And besides holding the interest of all 3 children, it teaches something worthwhile. This book was worth every penny I spent on it. It was inexpensive so I would say it's worth more than I paid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Pearsall on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My four-year-old daughter has been brainwashed by Disney and thinks about princesses all day long. She loves this book. It's a different angle on princesshood, and I really think it's made her more enthusiastic about helping out around the house. (We now talk about "chores" a lot.)

This is a very well-written book, age-appropriate up to about age 7, brilliantly illustrated, fun to read, funny...fabulous.
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By Ashleigh on June 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are adorable and I love that the story is a positive one. Can't wait to read this to the kids. ^.^
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By Courtney Gramiccioni on March 11, 2014
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This is a great story about working hard and committing to tasks. Both my daughter and SON like the story and the illustrations. Winner!
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