Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Meet Spunky Princess Clown ( Book Review )
From childhood I have been obsessed with Princesses. I am absolutely certain that I was a Princess in another lifetime. Who lived in a far away land, chatting with my handmaidens, near a lake filled with swans, while waiting for my Prince to take me away on his white steed.
about Princes and
Princesses has always fascinated me. When I encountered Princess Clown,
a chapter book for 7-8 year olds by Australian Author Sheryl
Gwyther, I was not disappointed. I found
the title unusual and fascinating. The story prompt was triggered by a
Double Trouble Game : taking two unrelated nouns and developing a character and story to go
with it: like Princess and Clown, Frog and Guitar, Cindrella and Chips. Reading
Princess Belle is a spunky, spirited and energetic Princess who wears a circlet over a frizzy, orange wig, a clown’s nose on her face, yellow and red shoes with fake flowers and wants to make people laugh. Young children will connect with this adorable princess who is determined to follow her dream of becoming a clown and wears a clown trick ring.
This absolutely lovable Princess practices juggling peaches in the Royal Kitchen. Needless to say, disaster follows. The fun begins when the King and Queen of Danzania arrive with their son. I won’t reveal more, you will have to read the book for yourself.
Though simple the story is fast paced and extremely enjoyable. The illustrations by Sian Naylor are wonderful and do complete justice to the story. The book is published by Blake Education as a part of its Gigglers Series. I just wish there will be more Princess Clown books, because once you make an acquaintance with this Princess, you wouldn’t want to leave her. Sheryl Gwyther is an author of several short stories, a novel for 10-13 year olds titled Secrets of Eromanga, and another chapter book, Charlie & the Red Hot Chilli Pepper.
Sheryl was awarded a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Residential Fellowship, as well as an Arts Queensland Individual Professional Development Grant. She is also a recipient of two Australian Society of Authors Mentorships.
Princess Clown is also available online or from educational retail outlets. http://www.blake.com.au/Gigglers-Blue-2-Princess-Clown-p/9781741646481.htm
Hop over to Sheryl's webpage and blog, and believe me you will not be disappointed.
Sheryl’s webpage: www.sherylgwyther.net
Sheryl’s blogs: http://sherylgwyther.wordpress.com
Do any of you think you were a Prince or a Princess in another lifetime? Do share your Princely dreams with us.