Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This is really two stories in one. Some children are putting on a play called The King’s Daughter. In the play, Princess Victoria is not happy being a princess as she has too many rules to follow and responsibilities to keep up with. She wants to be like other children, so she runs away to the village to join them and play.
By the time she gets there, she doesn’t look much like a princess with her torn and dirty clothes. At first, the children don’t believe her when she tells them she’s a princess. Then, they make fun of her because she’s complaining about her responsibilities. And then they challenge her to last a week with the type of responsibilities they must attend to everyday - - making bread, tending to younger siblings, milking cows, etc. Predictably, she is fed up with that lifestyle by the next morning and goes back home. That’s the end of the first story.
The second story is about Olivia, who plays the part of the princess in the production. When the play is over, she rethinks her role as child in her family and as the King’s daughter in God’s family.
The illustrations by Carol Newsom are very colorful and expressive and do much to enhance the text.
What I Like: Everything.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 6-12 years.
Publisher Info: CBH Ministries, 2010; ISBN: 9780982512043; Paperback, $4.00.
Special Info: This story is an adaptation from a radio script from the Children’s Bible Hour, which is part of the Children’s Bible Hour ministries. The book comes with a read-along CD of the story’s text.