Stories about princesses abound, but one such as this, which understands a child’s need to be helpful, is fresh, and will appeal to children and their parents alike.
Margie Markarian’s sweet story is an enchanting fairy tale for today’s socially conscious and active kids. Instead of needing rescue, this princess looks for opportunities to help others. Markarian’s language is charmingly ‘medieval,’ making the story fun to read aloud while inspiring listeners.
The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat is a sweet little book about our basic human need to be needed, and our desire to be helpful. Ms. Markarian’s prose is not only gentle, it is perfect for children ages 4 to 8 who are only just learning what it is like to feel necessary and needed. The fast-paced story line identifies what it is like to be little and overlooked, but it offers a solution (which the little princess figures out on her own!)
The precious illustrations beautifully depict the princess and her need to be busy and help others. The author’s note at the end discusses the elements of fairy tales and has a message of sharing. The book even includes an activity to encourage good deeds. This would be a great tie-in to both a fairy tale unit and a unit on kindness. Recommended.
Loving this kind, self-driven girl! And you will too.