Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Paula Metcalf Publisher: Nosy Crow, 2019 Age: 3-7 Themes: Princesses, Blankie, dragons Opening: See images below.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Princess Alice has lost her very precious blankie and she must find it! But her brother doesn’t have it and neither does the giant or the witch. Finally Alice finds her special snuggly in the arms of a sleepy dragon, but he looks so sad when she takes it back that she knows she must find him something just as cozy, soft and warm to cuddle. But what could that be.
I like this book because: it is a fun read-aloud, in rhyme, with adorable illustrations including many details to linger on (and go back to linger on!). The cumulative story style makes a surprising turn with twists we can all identify with. I guarantee readers will beg to read it again!
Resources/activities: list things some of us need to help us sleep, maybe share in Show-and-Tell fashion; ask what object in your possession might you have offered to the dragon; act the whole story out in a play!
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Author: Robert Munsch Illustrator: Michael Martchenko Publisher: Annick Press, 1980 (75th printing in 2014!) Ages: 4-7yrs Themes: princesses, princes, dragons Opening:Elizabeth was a beautiful princess. She lived in a castle and had expensive princess clothes. She was going to marry a prince named Ronald. Summary: (from my library catalog) Princess Elizabeth outwits a dragon to save her prince, but her prince does not appreciate what she has done for him.
I like this book because: I like stories with strong female characters, that use their wits and in the end come full circle in respecting themselves! And a sassy dragon to boot. This book was recommended to me by a friend former teacher as one she loved to read to her classes year after year. Now I see why!
Resources/activities: make a paper-mache statue, in the likeness of the one below in a public library in Canada; would make a great Halloween costume too – if you don’t live too far north!; click on the photo for more class activities at Elementary AMC.
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Author: Anna Kemp Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie Publisher: Random House, 2012 Ages: 3-7yrs Themes: princesses, dragons, stories in rhyme Opening:Once upon a time, in a tower near you, lived a lonely princess – the Princess Sue. Summary: (from my library catalog) Lonely Princess Sue longs to leave her castle tower, but when her prince finally rescues her, she realizes she is destined for a less traditional partner.
I like this book because: first of all, I love how the opening line tells us we’re in for some great humor! The rhyme frolics sprightly without hurrying – and gosh, who can resist a princess in chucks intent on adventure? And for those who know me, the ART!
Resources/activities: check this Pinterest board for fun dragon activities; make an egg box dragon like THIS one; check out A Might Girl’s list of books featuring independent princesses HERE
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