The Everything Princess Book
160pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
This book is exactly what the title says – it is all to do with princesses and royalty from stories to recipes, games and activities, things to make and how to be a princess. Richly illustrated, it begins with half a dozen traditional stories of princesses from around the world and then moves on to a section bursting with all sorts of recipes fir for a secret garden tea party, a cottage picnic and a pink princess party . There are tips for serving the food, correct table manners and etiquette including how to wave and curtsey and even a guide to the members of the Royal household. In fact there is little about being a princess that is not covered.
Going through a ‘princess stage’ is almost a rite of passage for little girls, enhanced by Disney’s adaptations of many of the traditional fairy tales, and there was always a big demand for anything of this nature in the school I was in last year, particularly with those girls who were learning English as another language and who saw this as a way into the language of the playground. This would be like a bible for them as the stories and concepts are already familiar so as well as speaking the ‘same language’ they can now read it too.
With is lavish hardcover protecting its spiral bound contents, it is attractive and would be one to recommend to grandparents looking for something special for the Christmas stocking.