The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party by Mona Hodgson
Illustrated by Red Hansen
Genre: Christian Children’s Early Readers – I Can Read! Level 1
Pages: 32 Paperback, also available as eBook
Date Published: May 2012
Publisher: Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan
Princess Emma and Princess Abby are clad in their fancy gowns and tiaras, ready to celebrate their birthday; but when Beth, a party guest, feels less than beautiful in her own plain dress, she flees the castle. Are the royal twins prepared to help Beth embrace her inner beauty?
Little girls will see that even princesses have problems, but none that can’t be solved with their own brand of royalty – positive thinking and strong Christian values!
The Princess Twins are perfect for Sunday and home-school teachers, and of course, aspiring princesses everywhere.
The Princess Twins are cute little Level 1 I Can Read! early readers from Christian publisher Zonderkidz. This one starts with the theme verse, “Be kind and compassionate to one another.” – Ephesians 4:32 and through the story Emma learns how she is special on the inside most of all when she is beautiful on the outside and then because she learned her message well she is able to pass it on when a friend almost misses out of the fun. Beth too is special and beautiful on the inside even if her dress on the outside is not quite as glittery. This is a great message for girls that I believe they can never hear quite enough. Through this reader is a neat way to learn it.
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
Little princesses everywhere are invited for birthday cake and spring tea in the castle garden with everyone’s favorite royal sisters in two enchanting new books by Mona Hodgson, from the popular The Princess Twins I Can Read! series.
Designed to engage Level 1 readers with simple sentences and colorful illustrations, both books have been re-released from 2009 with new art work by award-winning illustrator Red Hansen.
Mona Hodgson is the author of more than twenty-two children’s books, as well as The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. In 2009, she launched the beloved Princess Twins I Can Read! series. In addition to being an author, Hodgson is a speaker for women’s retreats, schools, conferences for educators and librarians, and writers’ conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Cottonwood, Arizona. www.monahodgson.com
Red Hansen began illustrating books during college when he was working at the Waterford Institute, an educational company dedicated to helping children learn to read by book and interactive methods. Hansen has completed a number of books. One of his favorites is How To Tell Time published by Klutz, which won a Parent’s Choice Recommended Award and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Hansen also studied illustration at Brigham Young University. He lives in Celebration, Florida, with his wife and children.
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