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The Very Little Princess: Rose's Story (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Hardcover – August 23, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375856927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,105,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than forty books for children, including the Newbery Honor-winning book, On My Honor, and Rain of Fire, which won a Jane Adams Peace Association Award. She has also won the Kerlan Award for the body of her work. The Blue Ghost was named to the Texas Bluebonnet Master List and to the masterlist for the Sunshine State Award. Her Stepping Stones mystery, The Secret of the Painted House, was a CCBC Children's Choices Book. Check out her website at

Elizabeth Sayles's luminous art can be seen in over twenty children's books, including The Goldfish Yawned, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book for 2005, Millions of Snowflakes, and Billy Crystal's I Already Know I Love You, a New York Times #1 best-selling picture book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DDR on February 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Don't say I didn't warn you.

The Very Little Princess. Sounds like a harmless book, right? Sweet. Fantasy. Cute pic. of a red-headed girl on the cover. Positive reviews on the back. HA!

MY daugghter and I were reading this seemingly harmless story (I thought it was a little odd that the mother and grandmother argued for the first nine chapters, but since Bauer never makes us privy to those conversations (Zoey hears the arguments but goes off w/ the doll), it seems harmless. Harmless, yes, until chapter 10 when the mother just ups and abandons the child! Zoey begs her not to leave, but she just gets into the car and drives away, leaving Zoey with a grandmother she never even knew existed (really!). So, there I was, sitting on the side of the tub, reading this to my bathing daughter (adopted from China, so you know the implications if you're an adoptive parent) and horrified. I couldn't criticize the mother for abandoning Zoey because she "had her own problems" (which we never learn about). I wanted to throw the book! Bauer leave readers with a shocked and grief-stricken child who finds a friend in a doll who is now human because it understands sadness. WHAT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Overseas Mom on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Overall Review: The Very Little Princess: Rose's Story is the sweetest little princess story! What little girl doesn't secretly wish she is a princess...or wish that her dolls are real and can talk to her! Of course, Rose doesn't actually wish that--this little princess isn't a sweet and loving doll come to life to help Rose! Instead, `Princess Regina' is all thorns and prickles, but Rose loves her! They have all sorts of sweet adventures together such as dancing in the moonlight, exploring the woods, and even window shopping! There are times when Rose and the princess don't see eye to eye (well, often, actually) and there are times when Rose becomes forgetful and leaves the princess lying in different places all alone, but they are always reunited. Rose learns some wonderful lessons along the way, and even at the end of this story, we know it's not really The End! This story is sweet and the pictures are lovely. It's perfect for any little girl who loves stories about talking dolls and princesses. Overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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PROFANITY: A few very mild instances





There is some slightly crude language: a character talks about her behind being sore after a long car ride (and is ashamed after she says the word), and a character says she has a `dog turd' in her pocket. There is also some name calling--a character is upset at two others who are mean to her, so she calls them `Dumb' and `Meanie'. Also, a character is woken up and it says there followed `a string of what were obviously meant to be swear words' (even though no actual words were mentioned). One character is grumpy and bossy much of the time.
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