Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Princess Tales:Once Upon a Time Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures

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Princess Tales:Once Upon a Time Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures
by Grace Maccarone
illustrated by Gail de Marcken
Feiwel and Friends, 2013. unpaged nonfiction

If you are planning a road trip any time soon, and need a book to keep the kids busy in the back seat, this is the book for you.  It has 10 fairy tale stories, written in rhyme, illustrated with beautifully detailed, brightly colored paintings. The illustrations feature a variety of cultural styles. For example the picture accompaning the "Frog Princess" looks like a scene from Japan, and the artwork for "The Princess and the Pea" is African in style. At the end of each poem/story there is a list of things to find in the accompaning picture. Opposite the table of contents the creators mention even more things that can be found in each picture. This is a lovely collection of short fairy tales, and the seek-and-find activities are just an added bonus.

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