From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–In this rhyming story, a princess is lovely and fair, “with ruby red lips and a mane of brown hair...,” but she has “gigantic feet.” The princes she meets cannot look past them and see her for herself. Every night the princess's mother sings a rhyme to her daughter, ending with, “I don't want to be somebody else. No sir-ree!/ I am what I am and that's all right with me.” Far away lives a prince who loves to laugh. He also happens to have a “nose like a barn,” and when maidens look at his beak, they say, “oops, gotta run!” Predictably, the prince's father sings him the same rhyme that the princess's mother sings to her. One day the two young people meet. The princess “glided with ease down the slopes of the Alps. (She was not wearing skis).” At first, they keep their big nose and long feet hidden, but as they fall in love, they decide to reveal the truth to one another: “They laughed and they giggled, and then he proposed.” Large pastel-colored illustrations completely fill the spreads. This predictable tale carries an obvious but nonetheless important message of self-acceptance.–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A warm, lovely princess has such gigantic feet that they scare off prospective suitors. Similarly, in a faraway land, a bright, charming prince has such an enormous nose that eligible maidens run away from him. When they meet and fall in love on the ski slopes, a scarf hides the prince’s nose and elongated shoes hide the fact that the princess doesn’t need skis on the downhill runs. By then, even their foremost features can’t impede their happy-ever-after destiny. The pleasant lilt of the rhyming, rhythmic text makes this picture book a natural for reading aloud. A song verse (sung to both the princess and the prince by a parent at bedtime) that begins and ends with the line “I am what I am and that’s all right with me” will resonate with children concerned about their own looks. Throughout the book, Costanza’s large-scale pastels illustrate the story with sweeping, curved lines and warm, softly applied colors. An original prince-princess story with a nice message. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan