Thursday, April 7, 2011

How To Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh

Recommendation: Recommended (with hesitation)

I am not a huge fan of anything princess but I thought I would give this book a try. I think we tend to encourage too much "princess" behavior in our little girls. Yes, they need to know that they are loved and cherished by both us and by God, but a  strong princess mentality can cause some ugliness! This book was written to teach manners and etiquette to young girls and it does a fair job of that. It touches on some good subject matters, but I felt it emphasized "royalty" too much and didn't focus enough on Scripture. It did get better towards the end as it addressed attitudes and servanthood matters.

Positives: I did like that it provided many ideas for fun crafts and projects that little girls may enjoy. I also like that manners and etiquette are being addressed, beyond just saying "please" and "thank you". Some good practical advice was given for different life situations.

Negatives: I did not understand the necessity for the section on "Choosing the right tiara for your face shape" or the section teaching you how to wave like a princess. I also felt it didn't go far enough in addressing modesty and the reasons why we wear modest clothing.

Talking Points: While a portion of this book discussed the outward appearance of a princess, make sure your little princess understands that it is the heart that is most important to Jesus. Prov. 31:30 and I Pet. 3:1-5 talk about this.  Lastly, manners are very important as they show kindness and respect to others - like Jesus asks of us! (Eph. 4:32 and Phil. 2:1-8).

Age Level: 6-10 years old

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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