Part of Zondervan's continuing line of early readers, The Princess Twins and the Tea Party by Mona Hodgson makes great reading for all the adorable little Martha Stewart's of the world.
This "I Can Read!" Level 1 tale centers around Emma, a princess who wants everything perfect for her tea party. From her closet of pink dresses, she chooses just the right outfit. She checks in with the castle chef to ensure the cake is coming along correctly. She refolds the napkins because they don't look quite right. She shoos the kitty outside so it won't disrupt the party...then runs headlong into her sister Abby, making the name cards fly everywhere. "Now we have to make new cards," Emma cries. But her sister insists they are just fine the way they are. "Only God is perfect," she reminds Emma.
Soon, other girls arrive for the party and just as things are going along well, here comes the kitty. Emma tries to grab it...and ends up bumping into the table, spilling tea and cake everywhere. The girls giggle. No matter. They still enjoy their tea party.
What I Like: This simple story is one many girls can relate to, and it offers a gentle reminder that perfection is a fantasy. The illustrations by Meredith Johnson are cute, showing girls with lots of expression and whimsy.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 4 - 8.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2009; ISBN: 0310716101; paperback; $3.99
Special Info: Read our other reviews of books by Mona Hodgson and Meredith Johnson. Visit Hodgson's website for information about her girl's retreats. Visit Johnson's website for a peek at her illustrative style and information about school visits.