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. Volume XII Number 13 . . . .March 3, 2006
Imagine You're a Princess! and Imagine You're a Knight! are additions to the “Imagine This!” series by author Meg Clibbon and illustrator Lucy Clibbon. The mother and daughter duo once again have created two books that encourage young readers to use their imaginations as they enter into the worlds of princesses and knights.
Do you have what it takes to be a princess? One does not need to look any further to discover all you need to be a princess or just pretend to live like one because it’s all there in Imagine You're a Princess!. As stated in the title, the author begins the book by asking a series of questions: "What is a princess?", "What do princesses look like?", and "Where do princesses live?" Young female readers can become princesses by following a step-by-step guide of six simple tips that covers fashion and beauty advice, etiquette, and decorating tips.
In addition, readers get a sneak peek at some of the items that belong to princesses, things such as bejeweled gowns, priceless shoes, jewels, and other accessories. Readers can also achieve princess status by applying some of the charm and social behaviors. A list of essential life skills and proper etiquette is provided. Additional activities involve placing advertisements with a dating agency, throwing lavish tea parties, princess painting, pressing flowers, and making and eating Maids-of-Honor cakes. The author mentions several other famous princesses, such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel.
But just what is a knight? Similar to Imagine You're a Princess!, Imagine You're a Knight! depicts what being a knight is really about, and it involves wearing steel-plate armor, a plumed helmet, spurs, and a sword, plus carrying a spear and shield. Knights engage in fighting and winning battles, killing dragons, rescuing damsels in distress, participating in tournaments, finding secret treasures, and going on dangerous and exciting adventures. What a life!
Young readers are encouraged to practice some courtly language used by knights, design a coat of arms, make up a motto, or even draw a dragon. Other activities involve baking a snack called eggscalibread, learning how to kiss a damsel in distress, or following the code of honor. Knights mentioned in the book are King Arthur, Wizard Merlin, and Lancelot.
Imagine You're a Princess! and Imagine You're a Knight would be a great addition to public and school libraries.
A transplanted Canadian, Ming Wong is a resource center manager for a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC.
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