My two youngest daughters were so excited when this book came. Settling down together, side by side they explored the wisdom contained within this volume; "What does God's princess do? Let's see_it says here_."
My daughters love doing the quizzes and going through the check-lists: "Ah, this is what God's princess does!"
Covering issues such as personal hygiene, etiquette, respecting their families, enjoying being a girl and, most importantly, how to look to God for answers to their questions, this book is a boon for the younger ladies. With a pretty pink cover (that's hardback) and lovely drawings, this book is well-pleasing to the eye as well as a good resource and a lot of fun!
While this book teaches young ladies to care about how they look, the focus isn't ultimately on them. While the girls are taught to brush their hair, keep their clothes neat, enjoy their femininity, they are also taught about the ultimate purpose in doing these things. Unlike secular resources on grooming, How to Be God's Little Princess keeps the focus on God_where it belongs. The same tact is used in everything else it teaches: in the end, it's all about God.
My take? Your daughters will benefit from this book while having a lot of fun. This is a very, very good resource to have on hand.
I received a free copy of this title from BookSneeze for purposes of review. I wasn't required to give a positive review only a fair one.
How To Be... is not your standard book of etiquette. Like I said, I really expected a bunch of fluff out of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how author Sheila Walsh moves from matters of royalty, to matters of personal hygiene and self-care, time management and developing a good attitude. There are 12 sections, from how to dress appropriately (and thank goodness for illustrations that are modest, but not babyish or frumpy!) to manners in different situations to how to be a friend to media wisdom and etiquette. This book is really quite full of information that doesn't gloss over things in one blanket statement, but doesn't get heavy at all.
This book is definitely geared towards the more girly of girls. While my oldest daughter would (and probably did) roll her eyes at how to wear a tiara or how to properly paint her nails, she would (and probably did) like doing the various puzzles, quizzes, reading the snippets of facts and verses included, and other activities that make up a fair chunk of the book. The examples and scenarios given include girls who like to climb trees,
don't like to wear dresses, and prefer function over fashion.
There are couple items in the book that I didn't think my girls were ready to work with, such as how to be Internet-safe. Our girls have very limited access to the Internet, and zero access to social networking sites such as Facebook, so the Internet section is not applicable at this time. Still, I think it does a good job of presenting the girls with the do's and don't of using the Internet. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, for future reference!
I am really glad I have this book a try. Walsh does a good job of hitting the outside beauty notes, while always and again returning to the Bible and biblical principles for WHY we should _
_care for our bodies
_offer forgiveness to friends and siblings who hurt us
_start to consider our gifts and how they can be used to bless others
_put others before ourselves
_think about how we write, text, and otherwise communicate with others
_not wear a ballroom gown to a school pizza party.
I received How to Be God's Little Princess for free from Booksneeze.com. This is a collection of "Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty" by Sheila Walsh. This book includes scripture, tips, quizes, questions, recipes, and ideas about handling onself in a manner that would be pleasing to God and acceptable in polite society. It covers everything from how to make a royal wave to internet safety.
At first I thought the book seemed to strip away all individuality and creativity of the girl and pigeon-hole them into cookie cutter like girls. And it does. A great deal of the book does take the girl and tell them how to do everything exactly like every other girl, so that there won't be any uniquness. But it also has some good stuff on how to behave when a rural girl gets plopped into class with some warning on what to expect. It will never be a big seller would be my guess. But there are some things that would be useful such as what is the polite thing to do when one farts in public. (pretend it never happened) The whole proper fork thing gets addressed as well. It might be a good book to have around for manners and society questions, but it's never gonna be a classic.
"How to Be God's Little Princess" is a how-to guide on the expected behavior of a Christian girl. It bears the subtitle "Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty". There are tips and instructions on matters of clothing, posture and poise, entertaining, etc. It is pretty much an etiquette book with a Christian twist. Geared towards tween and older reading, this book is a great resource for Christian girls on their journey to womanhood.
I found the book very thorough. It is rather like a compilation of the things we learned growing up. Of course, this is better because everything is in one package, including things that perhaps we learned quite late. A grown girl might find it boring since the information wouldn't be anything new, but it should prove to be a treasure for girls 8-14. It is a fun book to read, channeling the "princess trend" that many girls are into and providing crafts, quizzes and other activities for the reader to try out. It wouldn't have been an interesting read for a woman of my age, unless of course she had a daughter who's about the right age for it or will get to the stage sometime in the future. If this is the case, I imagine it to be something that mother and daughter could read together. Let me add that even if it doesn't really cater to older females, it would still be a good book to have handy, a helpful resource to review from time to time.
Available in hard cover with an appealing pink, purple and silver color combo, this book is sure to appeal to young girls. The illustrations are also fun and young. The book may look trendy, but the nuggets of wisdom within will apply and remain true forever.