I don't get many chances to do pink, princess, or pretty around this house of all boys. I also have, at the moment, a handful of nephews! Fortunately, my sister is in the process of adoption and this time... It's A Girl!! Because I want to be the best Aunt ever, I have to start checking out the girlie girl stuff. The book, Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God's Princesses, caught my eye.
This book, full of stories of women of the Bible, encourages girls to see themselves as princesses. After all, if God is the King of Kings and if God is your father, then you can be a princess. The book examines the character of the "princesses" of the Bible. It tells who was the bravest, the most faithful or the kindest. Each story begins with a scripture reference. A short poem following the "mirror, mirror on the wall..." theme introduces each princess. The stories are told in the first person. They are in today's language and well written. At the end of each study, there is a Bible verse. Each story is followed up with a page of questions. There are comprehension questions about the stories as well as life application questions.
The book is pretty, girlie, and colorful. The women of the Bible are pictured in clothing of the time period. After each story, there is also a little girl dressed as a princess. These princesses span all races and nationalities. The last princess in the book is "you". This last "story" sends a positive message to girls about a God who loves them. The last verse is Psalm 139.17, "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!" The last page of discussion questions asks, "have you asked Jesus into your heart so you can be a real princess?" This book would be great for a little girl who is beginning to think about what she personally believes and where her relationship with God stands.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it would be an engaging way to connect to a girl who loves princesses. I love the message to girls that their value and purpose is found in Christ.
There was one small thing about the book that bothered me. All of the princesses are HOT! I mean, skinny, gorgeous skin, flowing locks. In all fairness, they look like Disney princesses. The illustrator is probably trying to keep the book relevant. But, I think it would be nice to have a few princesses that don't look perfect on the outside but have rockin' character on the inside!
This is a great choice for a girl who wants to be a princess with strong character. By the way, even my boys have fought over this book. It's very colorful. They can't resist!!
Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of the book.