Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crowned! by Julia Dweck

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Synopsis: From best selling children’s author, Julia Dweck, comes a tale of fantasy, adventure and bravery. Quinn is a fairy sprite who dreams of becoming queen. But how does one become a queen? All the books Quinn has ever read claim that damsels in distress are rescued by princes and then live happily ever after. Quinn’s search for a handsome prince is brought to an abrupt halt by a nasty two-headed ogre who threatens the safety of Fairy Land. And suddenly, a dreaded sound, As something wicked stomped the ground. A gruesome ogre, wide and tall, And both heads said, “I’m King of all!” Now looking round, Quinn was alone. How could she stop it on her own? But fairies always locked their doors When ogres came to settle scores. Can Quinn summon the queen inside her heart to outwit this evil foe? Crowned! is a clever fairy tale, which teaches young readers that two heads aren’t always better than one--especially when you’re dealing with one very determined young fairy. Artist, Beth Trott, waves her magic paintbrush, blending color and fantasy into each breathtaking page. Young readers will be dazzled not only by the story, but also challenging activities that extend the learning and fun. Crowned! is a crowning achievement.

Thoughts:  **I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.**

I love Quinn, and think she would make a great role model for little girls. The rhyming story is simple and easy to follow, and easy to read for young readers, as well. The illustrations are big and colorful, and simply adorable. Quinn shows that girls don't need to be "rescued" by boys, and that it's okay for them to be smart, brave, and independent.

There are a couple of activity pages at the end of the story as well. The one with various queens from history shows that there are/were REAL women like Quinn, which is a wonderful teaching point. The other, where children can find the hidden frogs, is fairly easy for the younger ones, and would aid in counting practice.

Highly recommended for anyone who has a young girl in their life.

Rating: Five stars

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