A Lesson in Humility
Princess Emma wants the spring tea party to be perfect, even when Princess Abby reminds her that only God is perfect. And just when the guests arrive, disaster strikes. Can Emma relax and enjoy the party?
This is a Level One I Can Read! book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. It aligns with guided reading level G and will be of interest to children Pre-K to 3rd grade.
|Contributor(s)||Mona Hodgson , Julie Olson|
|About the Contributor(s)||Mona Hodgson
Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 30 children's books and also writes 19th century historical fiction. In addition to writing and speaking, Mona likes to read mysteries and love stories, hike Arizona, travel to Africa, play table games, and play Wii Tennis. She lives in central Arizona where she spies roadrunners, quail, cottontail rabbits, and even an occasional skunk in her yard.
|Publish Date||Mar 1, 2016|
|Series||I Can Read! / Princess Twins Series|
- Review by PennyMindingMom
“The Princess Twins and the Tea Party” is the story of the Princess Twins Emma and Abby. Emma wants the spring tea party to be absolutely perfect. She runs around the castle checking on the party preparations working herself up into a dither. Her sister reminds her that only God is perfect and she just needs to enjoy the party. When the guest finally arrive, disaster strikes. Will Emma still be able to enjoy the party?
“The Princess Twins and the Tea Party” is a faith based level 1 “I Can Read!” early reader with a great lesson for everyone. All too often we get caught up in “being perfect”. We miss out on so many opportunities to enjoy the people and things around us because things just aren’t perfect. My daughter has missed out on playdates with her friends, because I felt the house wasn’t clean enough. My daughter almost missed out enjoying her party because her brother spilled water on the napkins and she felt her table was no longer perfect. In life rarely do things go according to plan and just like Emma we need to be reminded that only God is perfect. We need to learn to step aside and enjoy life…imperfections and all.
When the party was “ruined” I love how Abby took a bad situation and turned it around. Emma learned that even when things take a turn for the worst, something good can be found in the situation. The girls and their friends were able to laugh at themselves and enjoy the day even though it didn’t go as planned.
The book is based on Proverbs 3: 34 – “He [God] gives grace to those who are no proud”. My daughter and I talked about how God will give us the grace to find the good in the “bad” things that happen around us. She discovered that when she lost her homework and had to redo it, she had extra time to practice. When she sprained her foot and had to stay indoors at recess, she made a new friend who was also staying indoors.
“The Princess Twins and the Tea Party” has short simple sentences that is perfect for young readers. The book has a fun story line that is well told. The illustrations are fun and capture the excitement of the day perfectly. We both enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read other books in this series.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Princess Twins and the Tea Party” from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. (Posted on 3/29/2016)
- Review by Zoe
We call our little girl Princess Wiggles of the Realm of Dirt Dirt. I really should write a post about how that nickname came about. Anyway, this story was perfect for her. Her attention was focused (not usually the case, hence the wiggles in her nickname) and she wanted to finish the book. She didn’t leave it partway through. An excellent way to finish.
This is the first I Can Read! book that I have had for my children with a Christian lesson. I will look forward to having more. The message is simple but it is positive. In The Princess Twins and the Tea Party the lesson is that only God is perfect. A great lesson for us all to remember.
Your little girl will love The Princess Twins and the Tea Party. If you have as much fun listening to your child read it to you as I did then you will be very blessed indeed.
I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.
For all of my reviews visit my blog at https://blessedandbewildered.com (Posted on 3/17/2016)
- Review by Conny
~ What ~
Part of the I Can Read Princess Twins series, this thirty-two-page paperback targets children four to eight years old and are beginning Level 1 readers. Containing no scary scenes, its theme is a pair of young princess sisters giving a tea party. There is one Bible verse at the beginning of the story and a reference to God being perfect.
In this short story, Emma is planning to have a perfect tea party at the castle. She checks with the cook to make sure the cakes have added sugar, refolds the napkins, keeps her puppy outside, and is assured by her twin sister that the name cards look right. When the guests arrive and sit down to have tea, Emma tries to catch her puppy, making a mess of everything. Everyone laughs and enjoys the not-so-perfect party.
~ Why ~
This is an innocuous tale that reminds young ones that nothing is perfect except for God. I like how the colorful drawing on every page are engaging and follow the story with an easy to read font listed on each page. I appreciate the moral of the story is one of being happy with being imperfect.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may be offended the book mentions a Bible verse and states He is perfect. Others may not like stories about princesses. Some beginner readers may have trouble with some of the three-syllable words, but there are only five of them.
~ Who ~
The author of almost thirty children’s books and historical fiction, Hodgson is also a speaker who lives in Arizona.
~ Wish ~
Since a Bible verse about God giving grace to those not proud is at the beginning, it would be nice to include a verse at the ending about caring for or loving others.
~ Want ~
If you like a story of cute little twin princesses planning a perfect tea party that gets interrupted by their pet dog, this is a good choice for a young reader.
Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for providing this book for reading and reviewing. (Posted on 3/10/2016)