Kids Book Review: Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please?

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Will Princess Isabel Every Say Please?
Holiday House/Thomas Allen
age 3-5
by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Amanda Haley
32 pages

Synopsis from Thomas Allen:

Fractured fairy tales are paired with a lesson in manners in this book about a spunky-but-imperfect princess.‘From the top of her tiara to the tips of her petite feet, Princess Isabel was perfect in every way but one: she wouldn’t say “please.” This character flaw soon catches up with her.’ Three times Isabel’s chance to find true love is thwarted by her terrible manners. But in the end, Princess Isabel learns her lesson and lives happily every after.

As parents we want to raise our children to be respectful and polite but sometimes courtesies like please and thank you can be forgotten. Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please? uses some common fairy tales, liked Cinderella, Snow White, and The Frog Prince to illustrate the importance of saying please. Each time Princess Isabel refuses to say please, she misses out on a wonderful opportunity. My five year old enjoyed the story and quickly picked-up on what Princess Isabel missed out on by not saying please. It was a great way to talk about how a simple word can make others feel toward you, especially if you are looking for help from someone else.

You can find a copy of Will Princess Isabel Every Say Please? by visiting your local book store or visiting Thomas Allen. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations. What are you reading with your kids?

I have to thank Thomas Allen for my review copy.


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