Saturday, March 30, 2013

Always Daddy's Princess - Karen Kingsbury

Genre:  Books; Children's Books
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
Publication Date:  03/26/2013
Rating:  5 Out of 5  Near Perfect 

PROS:  Beautifully illustrated; Bible verse on each page; limited text for little readers

CONS:  None

From infant to adulthood, we follow the growing up years of Daddy's little princess.  Through birth, school days, marriage, and motherhood, we catch a glimpse of the special relationship that develops between a daughter and her father.

Each page is beautifully illustrated with vibrant pictures similar to the front cover.  Full of color, these illustrations are bound to fascinate and keep the attention of even the youngest of readers.  Down to even the smallest of detail, children will love exploring the pictures and following along.

With limited rhyming texts (1-2 sentences) throughout, even a toddler should be able to sit still long enough for the story.  While the text can be found on the top of the pages, the Bible verses are located on the bottom of every 2 page spread.  Similar to the story text, the Bible verses mimic what is being told, lending support and biblical truth along the way.  The first page talks about a trumpet being blown, and sounding the horn when the princess has been born.  Likewise, the bible verse that is used can be found in Numbers 29:1; “It is a day for you to sound the trumpets.”

After my husband read this book to our twin 8 year old daughters, I asked them for their thoughts on the book.  One expressed her delight in the pictures, the rhyming text, and her overall enjoyment of the story.  The other liked the full circle of the story...starting from an infant and following through to the birth of her own daughter.  They both enjoyed the bible verses throughout, commenting how they went with the story and what was pictured.  They inquired as to whether we would be purchasing another copy of the book, that way they were each able to each have one of their own!

Likely to rank right up there with Love You Forever, this is a story that will be retold for years to come, making this sentimental Mama wish for the ability to make time stand still!
**I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review**

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