Review of Princess Pinecone and the Wee Royals
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Princess Pinecone and the Wee Royals
Written by C.C. Bernstein
Illustrated by Irem Yazici
Ages 4-8 | 42 Pages
Publisher: Teton Mountain Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-7357328-2-4
What to Expect: Fairies, friendship, sharing, textile art.
Princess Pinecone and her four tiny friends enjoy spending time together—especially eating daisy pancakes for breakfast. One day, though, their breakfast plans are spoiled when they discover a little old man has eaten all their daisies. Despite the anger of four of her friends, Princess Pinecone decides to befriend the little old man. She is sad when her friends turn against her for her kindness. That’s when the strange lumps start appearing on their shoulders. Could the old man be behind this mystery? And will Princess Pinecone’s kindness be rewarded?
Princess Pinecone is a simple, classic, lovely fairy tale about the importance of empathy, friendship, and caring for others. Like many fairy tales, good and bad are clearly defined, leaving space for readers to question behaviors and motives and learn from the mistakes of the characters. What particularly makes this volume stand out, however, is the use of textile art as illustration. Each page of the story is beautifully worked in elaborate embroidery, including the text itself. The delicate stitches and rainbow colors are a perfect match for the narrative and a joy to look at in and of themselves. Together, the story and the illustrations make this a magical book indeed.
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About the Author
Christina “CC” Bernstein is getting her MFA in fiction writing from NYU’s low-residency program. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from Georgetown University in 2011 and had a brief stint in e-commerce, making a pocketed sports bra called The Boobypack (i.e. the fannypack for your rack, as seen on Shark Tank). She now lives in Connecticut with her husband, Marty, and their little dog, Bean. They are building their dream mini farm, complete with chickens and bees! She just released her first children’s book and is working on her first novel.
For more information, visit www.christinabernstein.com.
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