My daughter Lissa is a die-hard princess girl. She jumped into the princess thing with both feet as soon as she could say the word “pink” and she has been each of the following characters for Halloweens 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Merida. We have DONE the Disney Princess thing. I’m over it now. Thankfully, as she approaches 9 1/2 years old, she kind of is, too. We went to the Disney Store the other day and she didn’t even beg. She found nothing she needed. It was shocking. A lot of my friends would say how sad this is, but it’s really not. Time to move on! Something does have to fill the gap, though, and it absolutely cannot be Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus in any form.
There are pop-ups and pull-out surprises throughout the book, including a paper closet for creating outfits appropriate for various occasions. Moms will appreciate the advice on health and beauty: “Diet: What you put into your body is just as important as what goes on the outside. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit instead of sugary snacks, and NEVER worry about your weight. It will be exactly as it should be if you eat well and get plenty of exercise.” There are fun pull-out conversation cards which we used at our dinner table one night: “What are you reading at the moment? What do you think of it?”
The table etiquette section deals with placement of silverware on the table, and it was a good opportunity to discuss table manners during formal dinners, such as waiting for everyone to get their food before digging into your own — and using the outermost fork for your salad.
The accessories section explains how to make a corsage, and the skin-care page includes instructions for making skin and hair-care products out of items found in your kitchen, such as honey and lemon juice.
Practically as soon as Lissa started reading this book, she invited me to go through it with her, and it has been good material for bedtime reading. For $.01 used on Amazon, it’s a great deal. (My aunt found ours at Goodwill!) There’s not a Disney princess in sight, but it provides a great link between the imaginary world of the movies and the real-life grown-up world of politeness, preparedness, and responsibility.