by Carolyn Larsen
illustrated by Sergey Eliseev
Upon viewing the available books on the Tyndale Blog Network’s website, this book caught my interest because recently I have had the pleasure of attending a baby shower of a friend who is expecting a girl. During the shower I was surprised when the expecting mother proclaimed she didn’t want her daughter to wear pink because she didn’t want her to be the princess type (paraphrased by me, not her actual statement). Yes, we tend to shower little girls in pink and often proclaim them their father’s princess, so upon seeing this book I was reminded of my friend and thought, “Hmmm, I wonder if this book would be an appropriate gift to give her?” And after reading it, I’d say, “Yes, this is definitely a book I’d share with any mother who is expecting a girl”.
Princess Stories tells the story of 29 different Bible characters – all ladies (or girls) of course! Each story starts with a rhyme that begins “Mirror, mirror on the Wall” and then names the attribute of the person the story is about.
An example of the rhyme is below (taken from page 41 – Hannah’s story):
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who was the most prayerful princess of all?
Hannah shows us just how we can pray.
She cried out to God, by night or by day.
Once the story begins, it is told from the princess’s perspective; in first-person. After the tale has been told, a Bible verse is shared. Followed by, what is referenced as Princess Ponderings, questions for the reader to reflect back on or a lesson to be learned from the story they just heard.
Overall, I was pleased with the stories included in the book. The range of characters varied; from the well known Eve, Ester, and Ruth to the more obscure ladies of the Bible such as Huldah, Tabitha, or Abigail. The stories are simply written, meaning not all the facts of the events are shared. What is shared is enough to get the main focus across to the reader. The main focus having been mentioned in the rhyme at the beginning of the story and as a subtitle under the character’s name. If intrigued enough to want to read more about the character or the event, the Biblical reference is given under the storie’s title.
Another perk of the book is that the last story is about the reader, the “special princess”. In this story the child will learn how precious they are and how much they are loved by God. I’d say that is a wonderful ending to any storybook!
This would be a perfect gift to any girl, even to those who aren’t into princesses, aged 3 to 8. The stories shared are not your typical Prince saves Princess but instead are more centered on God and how He can use anyone who is willing to be used. And He can use what you have whether it be kindness, love, patience, etc. These are great lessons for any young girl to learn. Young as three will enjoy the stories and pictures and the older eight year old can contemplate the meaning of the story with the questions and verse provided.
Plus, like me, you can give this as a gift and know that the little girl you’ve given this to will be hearing and learning more about God with each story they listen to. Now that’s a wonderful gift to give!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale Publishing House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”