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A Most Reluctant Princess Paperback – April 28, 2016
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5 Stars, from Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers'Favorite
A little girl likes being her Daddy's princess as he swings her through theair. But she really doesn't think she could be a princess all of the time. Yousee, a crown is hard to wear and she'd have to sit on a throne a lot. Not veryexciting for a little girl. Her Mommy reassures the little girl that "whatwill be will be." The little girl dreams of being an astronaut flying todifferent planets, or a doctor to heal her dog's sore tummy, or a teacher tomake the class be quiet and respectful, or a baker to bake the best cakes andcookies. The list of possibilities is endless. And playing dress-up to pretendeach possibility is half the fun. Her Mommy keeps reassuring her that "whatwill be will be" and the little girl continues to dream of what she mightbe. That is, until Daddy comes home from work and once again she'sDaddy's little princess.
Jean M Cogdell's rhyming picture book story, A Most Reluctant Princess, isboth sweet and endearing. It gently tells young readers that they can beanything that they want to be, but at the same time they will always betreasured by their parents. After all, that's what the little girl's Daddy istelling her when he calls her his princess: he's telling her that he treasuresher. And that's an important message for young children: being treasured andbeing allowed to follow their own dreams. Children and parents will certainlyenjoy this book.
A childbegins to understand goals comewith prices. ByJacqui MurrayVINE VOICE
What a great story abouta young girl who loves how Daddy calls her his princess even as she understands that there's a lot about that title that doesn'tfit her.
About the Author
Ms. Cogdell grew up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains but now lives in Texas where she is a member of the Texas Association of Authors.
Her books, A Most Reluctant Princess, A Reluctant Little Prince, Tryouts for Ben and A Simple Journal available at Amazon.com. Additional short stories and essays by her have been featured in numerous magazines and journals. Visit her website, Jean's Writing for more information.
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Top Customer Reviews
The artwork is gorgeous, vibrant and enticing. The rhymes are simple and sweet. Children will not be able to resist this book. Hearty congratulations to Jean on her second children's book!
Okay, here goes. Seren enjoyed this book very much. She likes the pictures (illustrations) and she loves the story. She likes the idea that she can be anything she wants to be when she is bigger. (which is what her mummy says to her) . And she runs to the door when Daddy (or Mummy, she adds) comes home from work.
My thoughts (she's gone now, satisfied I've written the right words):
I too loved the illustrations,(which are excellent and tell a story in themselves) and I liked the premise of this picture story book, though, in this format, obviously written for an American readership. (would be an idea to alter a few words for a UK readership and publish in the UK? - just a thought)
Picture story books are very close to poetry in many ways. One of the most important is that they both are intended to be read aloud. So fluency is essential. If the format is meant to be regular in rhythm, then each line must have the same amount of syllables. If not then the tendency is to stumble over the lines, which spoils the flow. In A Most Reluctant Princess, not every verse/ page works. Most do, but one or two don't (I'm thinking of the second "bakery" page here in particular - and the second "Doctor" page)
And, occasionally the rhyming isn't quite there.
Turning the pages to see what happens next seems to be important for children in picture story books. So , often there are connecting words " And/But /So."Or often those three little dots - the ellipses. Not being any in A Most Reluctant Princess,I felt the story to be a little disjointed.
But these last few paragraphs are obviously an adult point of view. And, to be fair, I should say I teach creative writing and picture story books are an included genre.
So, as a last word, I will leave it to the expert, who has just bounced back into the room. ' A Most Reluctant Princess is a lovely story with lovely pictures. And will you make me a crown, Nanna?'
Each page is dedicated to a different 'occupation' with our Reluctant Princess dressed appropriately for each job. Great fun; my granddaughter who is beginning to read enjoyed guessing the roles from the illustrations or sounding out the words.
As usual, I bought this book for my Kindle Paperwhite and so illustrations have to be clear. They are - and also quite adorable.
One point -both illustrations and text did not 'centre' on my kindle but were rather ' squashed' to the top left of the page which was a shame. Other reviewers haven't mentioned this so maybe it's just my device.
All in all a very sweet little book that I am sure young children will love.
I received this book as a gift for an honest review. A Most Reluctant Princess