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Princesses Are Not Quitters! Hardcover – April 5, 2003

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Bored with their lives of pampered luxury, Princesses Allie, Mellie, and Libby enviously watch three servant girls "Out in the fresh air, doing interesting things" and decide to swap jobs for a day. The young royals eagerly run off to work in high-heeled shoes and towering bouffant hairdos, but after polishing the windows, scrubbing the fountains, and washing the dogs, they begin to realize just how hard they must toil. Their afternoon and evening chores seem even more daunting, from making butter to shearing sheep, but they persevere. The next morning, although exhausted, the formerly spoiled young ladies take pride in their accomplishments: "Say! I think- I made this bread!" With newfound empathy for others, they proclaim new rules: "WORK no more than you can do" and "SPEND an hour every day just SITTING in the gardens." Hellard's watercolor illustrations humorously depict the mayhem created as the princesses try, often unsuccessfully, to keep up with the ever-growing list of duties. Witty details, such as a chicken making a nest and laying eggs in Princess Libby's voluminous hair, are sure to please. Children will enjoy the role reversal in this lighthearted tale.
Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 2. "Being a princess is the dullest ever," moans Princess Allie, who, along with her two sisters, decides to liven things up by trading places with three palace servants for a day. Supervised by amused Mrs. Blue, the sisters labor from morning until night, determined not to let anyone say "Princesses are quitters!" The following morning, the three emerge with a changed worldview and issue new regulations in their "princessdom": fewer working hours, more food, and more fun. Best of all, the princesses, having learned the satisfaction of work, continue to help with chores. Lum's messages are heavy, but her whimsical text will lend itself well to reading aloud, taking on an almost chanting rhythm as it lists the princesses' chores: "SWEEP the path and WEED the garden and SCRUB the fountains." Hellard's scribbly watercolors enhance the cheeky fun, mixing silly details with enough elaborate gowns and lavish palace scenes to satisfy young royalists. For another princess tale about strong, unconventional girls, suggest Robert San Souci's A Weave of Words (1998). Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: Princesses Are Not...
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (March 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158234762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582347622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My niece is 5 years old and wants to be a princess. Princess clothes, princess stories, princess pictures. She thinks being a princess means you are the most beautiful of all, have the most beautiful clothes, and get the handsome prince. Beauty is the sole criterion for princesshood.
Thankfully, there's this book to teach her that the most important and admirable quality in princesses is that they try new things, work hard, are nice to others and never give up. This book gets 5 stars because it's funny, imaginative, excellently illustrated, and reminds kids that princesses have moral qualities of being good people. It's not enough to be beautiful, pampered, rich and wear beautiful clothing; a princess should also be kind, industrious and have a sense of self-respect and a strong work ethic.
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This is the perfect updated fairy tale. It's light and charming, and makes you feel it's okay to let your little ones indulge their princess obsessions. The three bored princesses trade places with their servants for a day, and it turns out to be a real eye-opener. The princesses make a change for good, and end up sharing the palace workload on a permanent basis. The message of compassion is never too sappy, sweet, or preachy, and the illustrations are truly humorous. I also really enjoyed the rhythm of the text when reading it to my kids. My two girls love it!
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Kate Lum's Princesses Are Not Quitters is a humorous picture book story about three bored princesses who decided to become servants for a day. But it turns out that servants have so much to do, in so little time! Charmingly illustrated by Sue Hellard, Princesses Are Not Quitters is an adventurous and recommended read about the race to discover one's own capabilities.
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This is a cute story of the merits of learning to work hard. Real princesses are persistent, undaunted and good examples in this story. It is especially applicable to "princesses" who think being a princess is all about glamor and living privileged lives. I wouldn't list this among "must reads" but it is worthwhile reading.
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I just saw and heard Kate Lum read Princesses are not quitters, and the book is even better read live. In drawing inspiration from her daughter, she was able to create a story that saw the other side of "princessdom" as she called it. The princesses learn what hard work is, and that there is more to life than privilege and possessions. Very cute and different! Most enjoyable!
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I bought this for my 3 year old daughter. She's not into a lot of "princessey" things, but I liked the message of the book. She loves the pictures and I'm sure as we reread it many times she will understand the moral of the story.
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Princesses Are Not Quitters is a funny and well-illustrated guide to what really makes a girl a Princess! It's not the frivolities, but what is inside: hard work, dedication, and sticking to your promises. I love Disney and Barbie as much as the next girley-girl, but Princesses Are Not Quitters is a definite step up for remaining royal in the real world!
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We have both Princesses are Not Perfect and Princesses are Not Quitters. At least one is read at bedtime every night. Amazing illustrations and captivating stories! I think every little girl needs these books in her library!!
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