Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses by Carolyn Larsen was impressive from the time we opened the package. It’s pink (multiple shades, in fact) with sparkly purple flowers on it, and it’s all about princesses. All of that counts for a lot with my younger daughter.
In my opinion, the best thing about this princess book, and what makes it different from other princess books we own, is that all the princesses in this book are women from the Bible. Each one was given a title: “The Teamwork Princesses,” “The Role Model Princess,” “The Teaching Princess,” and others. Each story is told from the point-of-view of the woman involved and ends with a Scripture that relates to the woman’s story. It’s all easy to understand. My girls and I loved the stories, and my husband found them interesting too!
After each story is a page called “Princess Ponderings,” which has three questions that relate to the character trait of the princess and the verse at the end of the story. These are great for opening up discussions about various character traits and the principles for living found in the Bible.
The surprise ending of this book was the story called “The Special Princess,” and it’s about how special each child is to God—about how He made each one a special princess and has amazing plans for her!
There wasn’t anything I really didn’t like about this book, but one thing bothered me a bit. The illustrations were colorful, and I thought the pictures of the little girls dressed up as princesses were cute. The women from the Bible, however, all looked pretty similar to each other and to characters I have seen on toy store shelves and in popular kids’ movies. I was disappointed that there wasn’t more individuality shown and that the women didn’t look more like the real people they were. This, however, was my issue with the book. The girls were delighted with it from cover to cover.
If you’re looking for a book to teach your daughters about the women of the Bible, to start discussions about character traits you’d like them to exhibit, and to enjoy the “girliness” of pink, purple, and sparkly princesses, this is the book for you! We all enjoyed it!