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Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose Hardcover – October 5, 2010

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–In this rhyming story, a princess is lovely and fair, “with ruby red lips and a mane of brown hair...,” but she has “gigantic feet.” The princes she meets cannot look past them and see her for herself. Every night the princess's mother sings a rhyme to her daughter, ending with, “I don't want to be somebody else. No sir-ree!/ I am what I am and that's all right with me.” Far away lives a prince who loves to laugh. He also happens to have a “nose like a barn,” and when maidens look at his beak, they say, “oops, gotta run!” Predictably, the prince's father sings him the same rhyme that the princess's mother sings to her. One day the two young people meet. The princess “glided with ease down the slopes of the Alps. (She was not wearing skis).” At first, they keep their big nose and long feet hidden, but as they fall in love, they decide to reveal the truth to one another: “They laughed and they giggled, and then he proposed.” Large pastel-colored illustrations completely fill the spreads. This predictable tale carries an obvious but nonetheless important message of self-acceptance.–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A warm, lovely princess has such gigantic feet that they scare off prospective suitors. Similarly, in a faraway land, a bright, charming prince has such an enormous nose that eligible maidens run away from him. When they meet and fall in love on the ski slopes, a scarf hides the prince’s nose and elongated shoes hide the fact that the princess doesn’t need skis on the downhill runs. By then, even their foremost features can’t impede their happy-ever-after destiny. The pleasant lilt of the rhyming, rhythmic text makes this picture book a natural for reading aloud. A song verse (sung to both the princess and the prince by a parent at bedtime) that begins and ends with the line “I am what I am and that’s all right with me” will resonate with children concerned about their own looks. Throughout the book, Costanza’s large-scale pastels illustrate the story with sweeping, curved lines and warm, softly applied colors. An original prince-princess story with a nice message. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402763964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402763960
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the tradition of books that rhyme and have songs within a song, Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose is easy to read aloud or sing to simple made-up tunes. My children love the humor of the Princess' giant feet and Prince's huge schnaz, and they like that these unusual characteristics don't impede the love story. My children have all gone through a bit of a princess phase in early childhood, so I have worked hard to find books that have positive messages and that defy the stereotype of distressed damsels. This book wins on those scores, but even if one were not trying to make a princess statement, it's a good children's book. The illustrations are bright and lovely and humorous without being cruel to the characters. The rhyme is not cloying. And one of my favorite features is that both hero and heroine have wise, kind parents who guide them. It's a great bedtime story, like a kid version of a cozy paperback.
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The inside flap of the dust jacket declares that "Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose" is "[f]illed with whimsical surprises and lush illustrations...." I whole-heartedly agree with the description of the illustrations as "lush", but there really isn't anything surprising in the book. It is a sweet tale of romance between two young people who don't fit the conventional image of royal perfection, yet who are nonetheless pure of heart and deserving of a love which sees through the superficial.

Like most fairytales, this book holds A Message, which Message is rather more bluntly presented (and sweetly uplifting) than usual: it is what is on the inside that counts. Nonetheless, the Message is presented in a child-friendly way that kids will find enjoyable rather than preachy. Kids will likely giggle at the Princess's enormous feet and the Prince's honking schnozz, but they will also sympathize with them for being laughed at by others. That the two should get together is the most natural and obvious thing in the world and kids will cheer for the happy ending.

Nancy Gow's metered rhymes get somewhat grating to the adult ear, but they are appropriate for the light-hearted fairytale setting. The story is richly complemented by Stephen Costanza's brilliantly colored yet soft and gentle illustrations. All-in-all a charming "happily ever after" to brighten up a gloomy world.
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Written in rhyme, Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose is the story of a beautiful princess with unusually large feet, and a witty prince with an unusually large nose. Having both faced rejection from potential spouses throughout their lives, both are blessed with a parent who encourages them to stay true to who they are. When at last they meet each other, it's love, even when their unusual traits are revealed to one another.

This is a great story with a lovely fairy-tale type theme that encourages self-acceptance and also the acceptance of others who may have unique traits and characteristics. What really make it stand out are the incredibly luscious illustrations. Rendered in richly saturated jewel tones, Stephen Costanza's artwork has a feathery, soft-focus feeling that lends itself well to the fairy-tale setting.
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Nancy Gow's first book is a delightful story. It's a must for all kids between the ages of 4 and 8 with a message about accepting yourself just the way you are- something any child (or adult) can relate to. The writer has got a good sense of rhythm and rhyme and she brings a new twist on the princess and prince fairy tale. I read this book to my nephews and they loved it. They''ve asked me to read it several times since and we sing along to it. The book is snappy, catchy and upbeat and leaves you feeling good about yourself. Can't wait to read the next stories that come along from this fantastic author!
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This is a really fun book for kids and helps them feel good about their perceived shortcomings. With so much of the media pushing perfect bodies and all that junk, this story is a great way to counter-balance the natural tendency of a kid to feel like they just don't measure up.

The story is cute and the illustrations are wonderful. Great use of dramatic composition and beautifully colored, this book has a cinematic feel to it. I've been following Stephen Costanza's work since "Mozart finds a melody" and he just gets better and better.

This is a wonderful book for children, my kids love it!
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