disney princess books for preschoolers

July 5, 2010

My Best Friend is Jasmine (Disney Princess)

An alternate title to this post could be: "The Book I Have Read No Less than 50 Million Times in the Past Three Days" aka "The Book Most Likely to 'Mysteriously' Disappear". 

Juliet picked this book out at the library on Friday morning. She originally asked for a Tinkerbell book, but we couldn't find one. This Jasmine one was the only Disney one I could find. Little did I know what was in store for me...

We have seriously read this thing at least 3 times a day since checking it out. We would have read it more than that except that I usually make 3 times my limit. 

Not only have we read it over and over again, we have BECOME the characters. I no longer hear the word "mommy, " instead I get a lot of "Jasmine, I'm thirsty. Can I have some juice?" (Yes, I get to be Princess Jasmine.)

Ben is Aladdin and Juliet is Jenna, the little girl character in the book. If I dare call her Juliet, she looks at me pointedly and then whispers (so as not to embarrass me for forgetting) "I'm JENNA!" Oh. Right. JENNA.

Our cat, Penny, is now going by Rajah and a favorite stuffed animal puppy has taken on the role of Abu. (Please don't call them by their former names, unless you want to be corrected.) 

I'm a HUGE fan of Disney movies and I love Aladdin, but I generally do not enjoy any of the spin-offs marketed at kids. This book looked to be one of those that I would not like, but it is surprisingly good. (Not as good as the movie, but still, it has some redeeming qualities.)

The thing I like most is that it takes out the scary elements of the movie (I have enough trouble with thunder and lightening scaring Juliet--I don't need books with scary Jafar characters in them adding to my problems!)

And it takes out the romantic elements of the movie. Not that romance is bad, but it's just unnecessary for my three-year-old. After watching the movie for the first time (and by watching the movie, I mean watching only the unscary parts--which equals out to about 30 minutes of film), Juliet remarked to me, "Jasmine has two daddies. That's funny." 

It took me awhile to figure out what she was talking about until I realized she thought Aladdin was also her daddy!

I also like that there is a younger female character that Juliet can identify with INSTEAD of the adult Princess Jasmine. She's completely obsessed with Jenna and lets me be the adult in the story. 

So, while I am not as in love with this book as Juliet is, I do think it is a good one and I thought I'd share it with you. Just in case you have a little Princess in your house. 

We are hoping to find the other three books in the series the next time we go to the library. 

My Best Friend is Ariel (Disney Princess)

My Best Friend is Cinderella (Disney Princess (Random House Hardcover))

My Best Friend is Belle (Disney Princess (Random House Hardcover))
and Belle!


Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

My Best Friend is Ariel is currently sitting on our shelf after I gave E the option of picking out ANY book at B&N for her birthday. (It had previously made a looooong visit from the library.) I think we are FINALLY moving out of the Disney Princess phase, but you have a good two years left with Juliet. Glad you like Disney! Stop by this week - we're focusing on non-Disney fairy tales!

Emily said...

I love this post for so many reasons! She is adorable! My kids do the same thing. It's so cute! Gracie is really into princesses, so I'll have to look into these books. My boys will never admit it, but they would probably like them as well. ;)

Hannah said...

Oh yes, it's hard to avoid those Disney princesses! My 6yo has the Ariel book...of course she loves it.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My mother-in-law bought my daughter a whole series of Disney Princess books. It is nearly impossible to keep little girls away from those princesses, and I love how your daughter has identified with one of the other characters!

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is too funny - Anna absolutely refuses to watch Disney movies - she deemed Cinderella "too scary". It never occurred to me to skip "scary parts", but knowing my daughter we would have probably ended up with songs only. She does read an occasional book from princess series, but she has not the foggiest idea who all those ladies are :)

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