Monday, January 24, 2011

Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose

Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose
by Nancy Grow, Ill by Stephan Costanza
Sterling, 2010. Unpaged. Picture book.

Can a beautiful princess with giant feet and a charming prince with a huge nose ever find true love? They can and do when they finally find each other. This is a lovely picture book about looking past superficial imperfections to see the person beneath. It is written with fluid, fairytale prose complete with a comforting repeated rhyme, "I am what I am and that's all right with me./ I don't have to be different, I just have to be." Costanza uses rich colors with muted edges to give the illustrations a soft, mythical feeling. This is a great way to remind children no matter what is on the outside, it is what is on the inside that counts.

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