The Princess Says Goodnight
The Princess Says Goodnight
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Annotation: Rhyming text presents what a princess might do between leaving the ball and saying goodnight.
Catalog Number: #4246514
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Small, David,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-145525-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-145525-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2009023550
Dimensions: 24 x 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Charming illustrations by Caldecott-winner Small (So You Want to Be President?, 2000) enliven this imaginative portrayal of one little girl's bedtime routine. Alert readers and listeners will notice on the opening spread the clever device of a mirror, in which a princess reflection of a regular little girl appears. As she and her parents walk down the hall, Mom and Dad are also transformed into a king and queen. From then on, it's the royal treatment all around: the girl practices curtsies in the hallway, has a separate fluffy towel for each toe at bath time, and enjoys chocolate cream éclairs for a bedtime snack, among other princessy things. But even princesses do things regular little girls do: wish upon stars, brush hair and floss teeth, and enjoy a bedtime story and kiss. A fun, sleepy-time read for all little princesses.
Kirkus Reviews
How would a little girl go to bed if she were a princess? This is the question posed and answered in this pretty bit of fantasy that jumps on the princess-in-pink bandwagon. Readers follow the young "princess" as she looks into her hallway mirror one evening and starts to imagine her bedtime routine as if she were royalty. The narrative is structured as a series of rhyming questions: "[W]hen Princess leaves the ball, // is she practicing her curtsies / while dancing down the hall?" She eats eclairs, takes a bubble bath, wears a feathered bathrobe and indulges in similar pleasures on her way to bed. Small's bright and flowing watercolors capture the appropriate amount of fluff and whimsy and include plenty of delicious pinks and purples. Like a big, frosted cupcake with sprinkles, this confection will be irresistible to Princess fans, but after it's gobbled up, the memory won't last long. There's no question it will infuse a bedtime routine with some fun, but it proves you can judge a book by its cover. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 As her tired parents lead their prancing little girl off to bed, all three become transformed into royal personages via the hall mirror. What follows is a fantasy bedtime routine in which the little princess, home from the ball, climbs the palace stairs and enters her royal bed chamber where "a frothy glass of milk with chocolate cream éclairs" await her. A servant draws her royal bath, ladies-in-waiting sing a lullaby, and there's a bedtime story, too. Most magical of all, the two royals who attend the princess become parents again, just in time for a good-night kiss. "Every...shade of pink/mauve and peach and rose," the princess's favorites, predominate in Small's humorous watercolor and crayon cartoon spreads. The family dog rolls its eyes as the little girl begins her routine. She bathes in a swan-shaped tub and sleeps in a vast room complete with an ornate, canopied bed. The child is all motion and delight as she savors her many amenities. The rhyming text is brief and will be more thoroughly enjoyed by youngsters who have some knowledge of fairy tales. The princess polishes her glass slippers and kisses her frog, Prince, while her dad searches under the mattress for peas. This is a good choice for parents seeking a bedtime story for their aspiring princesses. Karma Wilson's Princess Me (S & S, 2007) can add even more royal pleasure. Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

When a little girl pretends she's a real princess, her imagination soars and her bedtime routine is transformed into a majestic affair. While practicing curtsies on her way to bed, she gets the royal treatment: chocolate cream éclairs, glass slippers, ladies-in-waiting, a tiara—even a bubble bath with a special fluffy towel to dry her toes. Being a princess is so much fun! But at bedtime, there's one thing a little girl—or a princess—always gets: a kiss before saying goodnight.

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