As Britain's own Prince William marries this Friday, the world will be watching a truly happy beginning come to life. Read the poem that UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who authored The Gift, wrote for the Royal Wedding here.
With princes and princesses on many people's minds, I can't help but share some of Barefoot Books favorite royal stories:
Although many parents are tiring of the over-commercialized princess trend, princesses never seem to go out of style with children. With The Barefoot Book of Princesses, these seven stories go beyond the standardized norm and feature unique princesses from across the globe. A few familiar tales like 'The Sleeping Beauty' are mixed in with lesser-known gems, such as 'The Princess Who Lost Her Hair' from the Akamba tradition, and are paired with Olwyn Whelan's distinctive illustrations.
The happily-ever-after ending is well-deserved in The Princess and the White Bear King. Author Tanya Robyn Batt blended elements of three classically-rooted folk tales from Northern Europe to create this lovely story about a princess who, in a unique deviation, must rescue the prince she loves from an evil Troll Queen. Batt's princess combats stereotypes about bland, weak princesses by demonstrating compassion, strength, and perseverance, and Miranda Richardson's narration sparks the story to life.
For the younger crowd, the rhyming text and whimsical illustrations of The Prince's Bedtime is perfect. Children will giggle at the humorous lengths that the King and Queen go to in order to make the prince sleep, and with a great rhythm and multiple speaking characters, the story makes an engaging read-aloud and has universal appeal. Fun trivia! This title is available at the Buckingham Palace shop!
If you are looking for gift ideas, any of our royal titles paired with crowns or head garlands produced by Sarah's Silks, or the Folkmanis princess and prince puppets would be splendid! Visit http://ladyd.barefootbooks.com
So, I have a new granddaughter and I started thinking about her future, including Princess Parties.
I found these very cool sites:
How To Make Sugarpaste Crowns
How To Make Princess Tiara's
So, will you be watching the Royal Wedding?
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