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Do Princesses Weat Hiking Boots?

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs?

Carmela LaVigna Coyle is the author of one of our favorite series. Along with Mike Gordon’s very sweet illustrations,  Carmela LaVigna Coyle has created an extremely down to earth, outdoor-loving, girl collection. Most young girls dream, aspire—or at least dress up as—a princess at some time in their childhood. There are so many princess books to be found, but none are as passionately normal or encouraging of the great outdoors, as the two that are reviewed below.

Do Princesses Weat Hiking Boots?Do Princesses Weat Hiking Boots?

Written by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

Illustrated by Mike Gordon

Reading level: Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Rising Moon (February 25, 2003)

The main character of the book is an inquisitive and eager girl.

“Mommy, do princesses wear hiking boots? If they wish to take the scenic routes.”

The little girl persists with lots of questions that cover many familiar pre-school aged topics – do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, have to clean their rooms, or eat vegetables and the crusts of their bread? She is always answered with wonderful mommy wisdom and in a way that rhymes with the questions, making for an easily engaging story. The last two pages make the book (and melt your heart),

“Mommy, do princesses seem at all like me? Look inside yourself and see…”

the last page is a mirror, which allows the readers to answer this very important question. Such an encouraging book to teach children to be themselves.

Do Princesses Really Kiss FrogsDo Princesses Really Kiss Frogs?

Written by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

Illustrated by Mike Gordon

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Rising Moon (February 25, 2005)

“Do princesses stop to smell the flowers? They’ve been known to do that for hours.”

The same inquisitive girl takes a turn at questioning her daddy, with a whole new set of questions. This time the questions target nature, as the pair takes off for a hike – which makes for a beautiful father-daughter bonding experience. In the same rhythmical manner and with the same sweet heart-warming illustrations as Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots, Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs hits the spot! The bonus scavenger hunt at the end of the book gives a great opportunity to really go back and enjoy the artwork – there are also suggestions for taking your own real life scavenger hunt.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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