Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a nice take on a fairytale.
The Princess and the Frogs
Written by Veronica Bartles
Illustrated by Sara Palacios
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Balzer + Bray on November 15, 2016
Theme/Topic- Fractured Fairytale/Friendship
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Princess Cassandra should have been the happiest princess in the world. She had hundreds of dresses, thousands of books, and servants to bring her anything she wanted. There was only one thing she didn’t have. A best friend.“
Synopsis from Publisher: “The Princess and the Frogs is a delightfully funny reinvention of the classic fairy tale “The Frog Prince,” from author Veronica Bartles and illustrator Sara Palacios.“
What I Thought- I really enjoyed how Ms. Bartles has written this book. The text flows seamlessly and makes the book a perfect read-aloud. Ms. Palacio’s illustrations compliment the book perfectly. It is neat that she has drawn it so that it looks like it takes place in a medieval-ish time, but some of the details help put it into a time scene that can be anytime – the maid is dressed like an early 1900’s-late 1800’s maid, and Cassandra is wearing high top sneakers and drinking from straws. It is a nice mix. Kids will like reading this silly story about finding the perfect friend!
Activities and Resources- There is a great Fractured Fairytale lesson plan for teachers/homeschool parents at Love2learn2day.com HERE.
There is a near Fractured Fairytale story generator at Readwritethink.org HERE.
For friendship activities, Healthline.com has a nice list HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!