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Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress Hardcover – August 11, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-Fairy Godmouse narrates this tale about manners. Kitty Princess is so rude and exacting that her godmouse tells her to get her own gown for the ball. Never having shopped before, Kitty demands shoes from a fruit stand, jewelry from a cafe, and a dress from a newsstand. The results are watermelon, carrot, and tomato slippers; accessories made from food; and a newspaper frock. When the arrogant princess arrives at the ball looking just plain silly, she is denied entry. After she apologizes to her godmouse and to the shopkeepers, her tacky ensemble is changed into a beautiful outfit and she is escorted into the ball. Inside, the prince is so rude that Fairy Godmouse teaches him a lesson, too. Full-color collage artwork, made from paper, cloth, crayons, lace, and other media, fills each spread. The animal characters are clothed in Japanese costumes. Large, bold type is used when Kitty gives her orders. Fairy Godmouse is partially hidden in most pictures, and detail-oriented youngsters will enjoy trying to find her. Pair this title with Audrey Wood's Rude Giants (Harcourt, 1993) when the time to discuss proper behavior arises.
Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This beautifully conceived and produced picture book works well on a number of levels. ... This is a witty, thoughtful, well written story book which will delight adults and children for many bedtimes to come. -- School Librarian 20040401 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story focuses on Kitty Princess and her dynamic character transformation. The reader becomes appalled at Kitty's mistreatmnet of others while anxious to find out how her lesson is learned. During her solitary journey, she travels from store to store demanding shoes, jewelry, and a gown for Prince Quince's ball. When the shop owners attempt to fill her requests, she is greatly disappointed. She recognizes the error of her ways and discovers disrespect and rudeness do not serve her well. She resolves to treat others in a more kind and less demanding way. Kitty becomes a credible character as young children will identify with wanting their own way immediately but resolving to do better in the future.
Young children will delight in the journey Kitty takes. Children in middle elementary grades will enjoy a different take on the Cinderella story which focuses less on how to impress the prince and more on how to treat all people.
This tale is great to read aloud to kids and even adult peers. You will get a sugar high off of the fabulous illustrations alone. Get this for your favorite little princess and/or the princess that�s within.