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Pirates and Princesses Hardcover – September 15, 2011
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About the Author
Jill Kargman (www.jillkargman.com) has written for TV and film, and is a New York Times bestselling novelist. She wrote this story with her daughter, Sadie, inspired by a kindergarten playground incident. Jill and Sadie live in New York City.
Christine Davenier is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews and Emma Hamilton. She lives in Paris, France.
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Reading has always been one of my most favorite activities-and I could not wait to share my love of books to Julia. Julia's nursery was filled with all my favorite childhood books-plus infant appropriate board books with rhymes and pictures. However it took Julia two and a half years before she really enjoyed reading books with me.
Pirates and Princesses is written by Jill Kargman and her daughter Sadie Kargman, illustrated by Christine Davenier. I am a long time fan of Jill Kargman's adult books-so when I read about Pirates and Princesses I knew that this would be a winner with Julia and myself!
The book arrived on Friday and we have read it about ten times. Julia LOVES it because it talks about Pirates and Princesses-Princesses are big in our home because well we're a Princess loving family.
Here's what I love about the book-and why I would encourage all my family and friends to get it for their toddlers/preschoolers-the message is that boys and girls can play together-it does not have to be a boy vs girls world in the younger years. Julia is almost 4 years old-and lately I have noticed she seems to prefer playing with girls. She has one or two really good boy friends-and she does well with them one on one-but if we are going somewhere and there will be kids there-her question is always, "will there be girls?"
The main characters of the story are Ivy and Fletch who have been together since in the womb. Their moms were best friends and did everything together, so Ivy and Fletch were instant best friends. And until kindergarten it was never an issue. In kindergarten they learn during recess that the boys play with boy and the girls play with the girls-boys are pirates and the girls are princesses. When Ivy gets captured by the pirates it allows Fletch and Ivy to realize they miss playing together-and to show their classmates that boys and girls can play together and have fun.
The message of the book is simple, but it is told in such a clever and engaging way. The illustrations are beautifully done-they give the book a timeless feel.