the barefoot book of princesses

June 15, 2012

I received a review copy of The Barefoot Book of Princesses from Barefoot Books Ambassador Veronica Rouse last week.

Veronica is a fellow book-lover and shared a link to her online bookstore with me.

I had so much fun scrolling through the books and was delighted to see several familiar favorites that we have previously checked out from our  library.

I love that you can search through their books by age recommendations--makes it easier to find books for my kids.

Since we are so princess-mad here, I thought that the Barefoot Book of Princesses would be perfect for Juliet and I to read together.

It's a collection of princess tales from around the world--only two were familiar to us (the Princess and the Pea and Sleeping Beauty)--the rest were all new and from all over the world.

It's beautifully illustrated and a fascinating collection. As a fairy-tale fan, I really loved it, but I would caution that it is full of the usual fairy-tale fare--and is perhaps a bit too gruesome or scary for a more sensitive younger child.

Juliet cannot read on her own yet, so I edit out the potentially scary parts and make the story work for us. However, once she is old enough to read it on her own, I think the content will be fine.

Since it is a collection of ancient stories, there are elements of magic and the supernatural included, so I would also take that into consideration before reading this with a younger child--depending on the child and your own personal feelings on that issue.

Back to Barefoot Books, they have so many lovely, vibrantly illustrated books! I would love to read all of them, actually. I also like that there is a world-literature emphasis in their books, which allows for us to read stories that are from cultures different from our own.

Here are a few that I would really love to read someday:

Father and Daughter Tales

My Granny Went to Market: A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme

The Adventures of Odysseus
If this is as good as I hope it is, I will be needing it for our home library.

We all Went on Safari: A counting Journey through Tanzania

Really, I could go on and on about which books are on my wish list. :)

Which ones are on yours? Check out Veronica's shop and let me know! You can also connect with Veronica on her facebook page.

I received a review copy of The Barefoot Book of Princesses. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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