About the Book
Title: The Princess Fables | Author: Marc Clark | Illustrator: Eric Hosford | Publication Date: December 5, 2013 | Publisher: Seven C’s Productions | Pages: 115 | Recommended Ages: 3+
Summary: The Origins of THE PRINCESS FABLES: When the author’s daughter was just beginning the first grade, she was not happy about school. So when he would wake her each morning, whatever she would say to get out of going became the subject for a PRINCESS FABLE. If she’d say, “I don’t want to,” he’d make up a tale about The Princess Who Always Said, “I Don’t Wanna”. If she pulled the covers over her head, he’d tell her the story of The Princess Who Hid Under The Covers. By the end of each Fable he’d have her dressed and ready for school, with her eyes wide open and full of hope…
THE PRINCESS FABLES are eleven inspirational stories for young girls who may still dream of being a Princess. Each Princess embarks on an adventure of self discovery and along the way, learns about the importance of trust, devotion, courage and the power of love. These classic tales transport little girls to a time and place where they are the heroines and can create their own happy endings.
Every delicate pen and ink illustration reflects the classic fairy tale drawings of the late 19th century.
Award: The Princess Fables was just awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival.
Both Little Miss I (5) and I enjoyed The Princess Fables. They are all written in a very modern style of narrative, and at times I felt the language was a bit for older children (it occasionally uses the word stupid too much, and we try to discourage the use of such word, for example). The humor, the topics and the main characters were well constructed, and the learning of each tale relates to modern day girls problems, such as being scared, not wanting to get up to go to “school”, or wanting to have more and more toys. I also like the fact that all the princesses were of different backgrounds, so there are plenty of colors and nationalities to chose from. I do recommend this book, specially if you have a young girl who loves princesses — that way she’ll get to learn from good literary role models, not the typical princess in distress waiting to be swept off her feet by Prince Charming. The only thing is that if the girl is too young (as they usually are during the “princess stage”), the message of each fable gets a little lost in them. I did read with Miss I a few of them and for the most part she was very much engaged in the world and the fantasy, but when asked what the story was about and what she had learned, it wasn’t very clear for her. However, talking more about the story, she understood and liked the outcome.
*I was provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*
In a recent review by the Island Waves publication, Trey Seal wrote, “The Princess Fables is a book that brings back the nostalgia of the classic fairytales from our youth and is highly recommended for young children.”
Excerpts From Amazon Reviews:
“Marvelously original, soulful, and witty tales! Modern fables with funny and moving twists. I hope these stories make their way to kids everywhere!”
“What a beautifully illustrated and well-written book.”
“A charming and witty read, with stunning illustrations. The Princess is adorable and the book conveys a very positive image for little girls.”
“Great read for the little princess in us all!”
About the Author: Marc Clark
Marc Clark is the author of several plays and screenplays, a writer and producer of commercials, promos and television content. Marc is the father of two and currently resides in Manhattan.
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