Saturday, January 22, 2011

Book Review for: Princess Parables by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson... Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten...


This is a book review for the new and brilliant series called The Princess Parables, in particular Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten. This series is written by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson and illustrated by Omar Aranda. (Release Date: February 2011)

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

Princess Grace has found five cute, cuddly kittens and dubs the boldest of them, Poppy. They are a handful to take care of, but she is determined to do a good job.

One day, Princess Grace and her sisters become concerned when Poppy goes missing and is nowhere to be found. They go in search of the lost kitten, continuing through each challenge that comes their way until Poppy is found in an unexpected place. Upon returning home, the hearts of each family member are full of rejoicing and gratitude.

This particular story is based on Matthew 18:12-14 which speaks of God’s immense love for His lost children and how He goes after them to offer love, protection, and help, even after making bad decisions or getting into trouble. He desires to bring the “lost into His safety and care”.

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 and fun illustrations.

I felt that there were mini lessons throughout the story such as the following: showing concern and care for others; working together; taking care of responsibility; honouring your word; utilizing brainstorming and the process of elimination to accomplish something; not giving up in the face of challenge but persevering to the end; and the reminder that prayer helps us to keep going forward in focusing on God. He can give strength and help us to do right even in trouble.

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 one who knows a little lady who enjoys “adventure… drama… and keeping busy”. Nearly any little girl will find Princess Grace and Poppy enchanting and endearing. 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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