Saturday, January 22, 2011

Book Review for: Princess Parables by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson... Princess Joy's Birthday Blessing...


This is a book review for the new and brilliant series called The Princess Parables, in particular Princess Joy's Birthday Blessing. This series is written by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson and illustrated by Omar Aranda. (Release Date: February 2011)

Princess Joy lives in a grand and marvellous castle with her father, the king, and her four sisters- Grace, Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Princess Joy’s birthday is approaching, and, although she is excited at the prospect of celebrating with her family and prince and princess friends, she is horribly disappointed when none of her royal guests are able to attend her party, aside from her family. After her initial sadness, the opportunity arises to include others from the local village in the activities and fun. What begins as disappointment becomes a tremendous blessing as she takes pleasure in making some new friends and receives their special, heartfelt gifts; but the greatest joy is learning that it truly is better to “give than to receive”.

This particular story is based on Luke 14:12-14 where Jesus shares how we can become children of God, and how we need to invite others to know this as well.

I must say that I am very impressed with the illustrations by Omar Aranda. They are vibrant and leap off the page. They could easily be a delightful, animated series for television and dvd. The jacket cover was a hit with ALL of my children, but especially my first three of whom are boys and my fourth being a girl, all between the ages of 10 and 5. They were each highly impressed by the glittery touches.

I feel that there are many mini lessons within the story. While the main message deals with the parable from Luke 14:12-14, there is a hint of others such as the following: it being better to “give than to receive”; the joy of blessing others; the importance and pleasure of being thankful even in the midst of challenge and disappointment; getting past hurt and disappointment to focus on making a situation better; and problem solving God’s way.

I like how the story ends with a thought by Princess Joy explaining what her name means and what she has learned from her experience. I also like how it gives a simple and direct explanation of the parable as mentioned in the Bible.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a cheerful little lady in his or her life- a daughter, niece, granddaughter, friend- who enjoys “fluffy dresses, shimmering ribbons in her hair, and sparkly shoes” as Princess Joy does. This book is a great way to instill God’s truths into a young feminine heart. My daughter loves it.

By the way, I was not obligated to give a positive review. When I have good material to work with, it is easy to enjoy and to say good things about it. Blessings!

For more information on the authors please go to www.jeannayoung.org

And for more information about the book or to purchase, you can go to www.zonderkidz.com

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