Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book Talk Tuesday: Princess Posey

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade
by Stephanie Greene, illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010
Grades K-2
Reviewed from purchased copy.

Posey is really nervous about starting first grade. Instead of getting walked to her classroom, her mom has to drop her off at the Kiss-and-Go Lane. Then she'll have to walk into school and face the Monster of the Blue Hall all by herself. Worst of all, she has to do it without the one thing that always makes her feel brave and special: the tutu that turns her into the Pink Princess. But when Posey inspires her new teacher to throw a first-day parade in which all the kids are invited to wear whatever makes them feel the most comfortable, first grade starts to look a lot more promising. (Goodreads.com)
Princess Posey and the Perfect Present
by Stephanie Greene, illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011
Grades K-2 
Reviewed from purchased copy.
 Posey loves first grade, her two new best friends, and, most of all, her teacher Miss Lee. When Miss Lee announces that her birthday is the next day, Posey can hardly wait to give her the pink home grown roses from her backyard. But when her friend brings Miss Lee a big bouquet from a florist, Posey feels like her present isn't special enough. What's the Pink Princess to do? (Goodreads.com)
This series makes a great introduction to chapter books for kids in 1st grade. As a librarian, I am always looking for books that make the transition from early readers to chapter books a fun experience, and these books fit the bill. The illustrations do a fine job of breaking up the text, so it is not so intimidating to read. And the smooth writing makes for a great read-a-loud. I plan to use these with my upcoming first graders.

While these books seem to be girly books, Posey does like to pretend she is a princess after all, but there is much that boys can relate to as well, such as being teased and facing fears.  The questions for discussion at the back of the first book provide a nice way to get kids talking and the craft at the end of the second book is perfect for girls reading on their own to attempt (a magic wand).  Highly recommended for students who are ready for chapter books and a character they can relate to. (I doubt however, that many boys will pick these up on their own, the titles and covers are definitely aimed at girls.)

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