Twenty-six Princesses

Twenty-six Princesses

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His Highness the Prince may be a frog, but that's not going to stop these lively girls from attending his ball. Starting with Princess Alice, the twentysix princesses'each with personality to spare'head to the palace, eager to make his acquaintance. But with Princess Jane being a pain, Princess Kay losing her way, and Princess Betty still getting ready, they'll be lucky if they manage to steal any kisses from this prince!

Dave Horowitz creates a party kids won't want to miss, a wildly fun way to practice the alphabet and a frog's-eye view of the courtly life.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008.
ISBN: 9780399246074
Branch Call Number: j P LEARNING HOROWITZ
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm.
Alternative Title: 26 princesses


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ksoles May 18, 2014

An initial warning to all non gender-stereotyping readers: this book contains only female royalty whereas Horowitz's companion, "Twenty-Six Pirates," features only boys. If you can get over the latent sexism, you'll appreciate the book's humour and uniqueness.

"Twenty-Six Princesses" opens with a frog prince receiving applications. The respondents begin with Princess Alice (“First to the palace”) and carry on through the rest of the letters. The text contains only one-line captions as each princess displays a larger-than-life personality in comical cartoon portraits. The book teaches both the alphabet and rhyming principles but also illustrates paired opposites: Princess Heather is “dressed for the weather,” but furious Princess Isabella “has no umbrella.” From Princess Ruth (“mithing a tooth") to Princess Nell (“What is that smell?”), the wanna-be royals ultimately amass as "A royal pain in the alphabet!”

Turns out that my 3.5 year old son likes princesses just as much as pirates so my advice: cover all your bases and add both to your collection!

Jun 24, 2012

I like that one of the princesses tooted. I toot too! Sometimes. So it is funny that the princess had to toot.


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Jun 24, 2012

This book is about the 26 letters in the alphabet. And has 26 princesses, one for each letter. I like the rhyming in the book. What the princesses are doing rhymes with their name.

StratfordLibrary Oct 28, 2010

Twenty-six enthusiastic princesses – one for each letter of the alphabet – attend the royal ball thrown by the prince. They include Princess Alice (who is always first and on time) and Princess Zaire (late, and last, as usual) and twenty-four dressed-up princesses in between!


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Jun 24, 2012

Princess Nell. What is that smell?


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