“Princess Stories” by Carolyn Larsen

Every little girl wants to be a princess, and this book operates under the theory that each one is – a daughter of the King Himself.  A devotional book in story format, author Carolyn Larsen tells the stories of nearly 30 women from the Bible.  She begins each story with an original Mirror, mirror poem and then tells that person’s basic story, written from a first person perspective.  Each chapter is two to three pages in length (in large typeface) and is followed by a Bible verse, a prayer, and three discussion questions, one of which focuses on the verse specifically. The best part is that each ‘princess’ is chosen for a different character trait, so that throughout the course of the book nearly 30 traits are explained, including those of wisdom, peacefulness, faithfulness, and bravery, just to name a few.

The last chapter of the book focuses on on Psalm 139 and the uniqueness with which God has created each one of us.  Larsen explains how God has created each little girl to be special and how they, too, can be God’s princesses!

This book is pink and purple and a little girl’s dream!  The artwork is colorful and glittery and though animated in many places, it draws in the viewer with the attractive and colorful pictures.  There are also drawings that are meant to be of the Bible characters and the readers, as well, and the readers are depicted as little girls of many different nationalities.

I LOVE this book!  It is difficult to find devotional books which interest both of my children – a girl and a boy – and incorporate Bible stories, scripture, and questions at a level which will excite them and challenge them, but this book does it all!

My children are eager to read their ‘princess story’ each evening and want to answer the questions.  They are excited to learn about each princess and anxious to relate the stories to their own lives.  Even my son, who is rather princess-phobic, is excited to participate.

The stories are written in language that my first-grader, though a super reader, is able to read on her own, and she is happy to do so.

What more could a mommy want than to find her children huddled together around a Bible book, so ready for Bible time that they’ll begin on their own?

If you have young children, this is a book you’ll definitely want to add to your library.

I received a free copy of Princess Stories:  Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Author, dramatist, and actress Carolyn Larsen has more than 30 books in print, including the popular The Little Girls Bible Storybook for Mothers and Daughters.  She is the founder of the performing group Flashpoints, a group of five women who use drama and creative movement to inspire.  Married to her husband for nearly 28 years, they have three grown children and live in Illinois.

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