Princess Joy's Birthday Blessing  -     By: Jeanna Young, Jacqueline Johnson
    Illustrated By: Omar Aranda
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Princess Joy's Birthday Blessing

Illustrated By: Omar Aranda
Zondervan / 2011 / Hardcover

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Princess Joy's sisters are throwing her a surprise party, but none of the princes and princesses that they invite can attend. Upset that no one will be at her party, Princess Joy decides to invite all of the children in the village to her party. The children arrive with gifts from the heart-home-made gifts, picked flowers, animals, etc-and Princess Joy decides instead of accepting her grand gifts, she will give one to each of her guests. Will Princess Joy have her best birthday yet?
Filled with colorful pictures and a note from Princess Joy, this book is an excellent way to introduce the parable from Luke 14:15-23.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9 X 9 (inches)
ISBN: 031071639X
ISBN-13: 9780310716396
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-7
Series: Princess Parables

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Publisher's Description

“No one can come to the surprise party, Daddy. What will we do?” Princess Joy can’t wait for her birthday. There will be treats, games, and an enormous cake with delicious icing! But when the other princes and princesses can’t come and Princess Joy finds out, she comes up with a surprising plan to fill her day with special guests and unexpected gifts. Will it work? Her idea, shared in Princess Joy’s Birthday Blessing, comes from a parable Jesus told about a party a lot like hers.

Author Bio

Jeanna Stolle Young is a Daughter of the King that lives in Southern California with her dashing husband, Bruce, her two sweet princesses, Danika and Emmalynn and two daring princes, Christian and Kenton.  God gave her the vision for this series that has caused her faith to grow through watching Him work.  These are her first published children’s books.

Jacqueline Johnson was born into royal heritage and is a grandmother to three little princesses, Catherine, Alexandra Grace and Megan Joy and four princes, Zack, Maverick, Payton and Christopher. She delights in filling their hearts and imaginations with stories filled with Godly character and the concept of becoming a child of the King for eternity. Her devoted husband and castle are perched on a hill on the Pacific Coast in Southern California.

Omar Aranda studied Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was born. Many top publishers and companies worldwide have commissioned him for projects including story artwork, comics, and character design. He started his career as an artistic painter but now devotes all of his time to illustrations for children's products.

A lesson in humility and friendship is taught in the children's picture book Princess Joy's Birthday Blessings by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson, one of five books in the series called The Princess Parables. In this story, the usually upbeat and optimistic Princess Joy is emotionally crushed when all the princesses and princes of other kingdoms turn down an invitation to attend her birthday party. Joy's father, the king, tells her the party will go on, even if only Joy's sisters are in attendance. To insure that it will be a grander event, invitations are sent to all the people of the kingdom--farm children, workers, trades people, and craftsmen. On the big day, dozens of people arrive, and all are carrying personal gifts such as hand-painted pictures, pet animals, or good things to eat. The children play games, watch puppet shows, and eat birthday cake. In a spirit of magnanimity, Princess Joy gives her presents away to the poorer children in attendance at her party. It turns out to be the best birthday she has ever had.

Luke 14:12-14 is quoted in the back of the book, explaining that celebrations should include those who are handicapped or poor. Also, a letter from Princess Joy to young readers explains the blessings of being kind to other people. The book's artwork is vibrant with bright colors and the words are not too difficult for young readers. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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  1. Paisley, Florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellant books
    July 9, 2012
    Paisley, Florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I highly recommend these books. My 2 granddaughters began receiving them for their birthdays last year. They love them and they are their favorite books. They have their mom read them every night. I love them because they not only show a powerful lesson from God's Word but more importantly show how to put into action. Also, beautiful pictures that draw children in. Hope they make a boys series. When I first purchased "Princess Joy" for my granddaughter's birthday, (mainly because of the powerful message), I had no idea it would become her favorite book. We most definately need more books like these that teach God's Word with action.
  2. Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The girls love this
    May 2, 2012
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My granddaughters love this book and the others we purchased. Their mom says she enjoys reading them because of the values they teach, too.
  3. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2011
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A sweet story with wonderful pictures. I really like that the village children have a variety of ethnic appearance. Great story that teaches a valuable lesson.
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Bible-based story for princess-crazed girls
    January 21, 2011
    Tanya Dennis
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    A brand new series, "The Princess Parables" introduce readers to five daughters of the king -- Joy, Grace, Faith, Hope and Charity -- whose adventures prove to be parables of lessons Jesus taught. Joy's story reflects Luke 14:12--14.

    Joy's sisters are planning a surprise birthday party for her, but when all the princes and princesses of the lands offer rejections and excuses, they aren't sure what to do. Joy, having overheard the plans and the disastrous outcome, is devastated, but with her father's guidance, she comes up with a better plan. Joy asks her father if they can invite "children who don't live in a castle or a nice house ... who don't have a fancy bike or big birthday parties." The king, delighted with her decision, assures Joy that she will be blessed by this birthday party more than any other.

    Invitations are sent again. This time everyone wants to come! On the day of the party village children arrive, arms laden with gifts from the heart. Some have hand-painted items or homemade goodies; others bring wildflower bouquets. Then Joy has another idea. When her father and sisters bring their gifts into the room, Joy decides to give all of her fancy gifts to her guests instead. It becomes "the grandest birthday part of all time!"

    The book closes with a personal note from Princess Joy to the readers. She explains that while things don't always happen the way we plan, sometimes that brings the best blessings. In this story she learned to serve others instead of feeling sorry for herself. Joy then explains that this reminds her of a true story her father reads to her from the Bible. The next page provides Luke 14:12--14 quoted from the New International Reader's Version (NIrV).

    Illustrated by Omar Aranda, the book features computer generated images saturated with color. As expected, the princess are beautifully adorned with ballgowns, tiaras and lots of feminine features; all characteristics that instantly appeal to most girls within the target age range.

    WHAT I DISLIKE: My daughter (6 years old) really likes this book! It's a sweet story that puts flesh on the teachings highlighted. I appreciate Joy's note at the back and the inclusion of Scripture. These two features together make the story personal and applicable to readers. Well done.

    WHAT I LIKE: At first glance, this book feels like another instance of marketing people capitalizing on a cultural craze, trying to "Christianize" it for a profit. The authors made a valiant effort to keep the story distinct from popular Disney themes, but the illustrations, while of excellent quality, draw me right back to my initial skepticism. It seems to lack originality.

    Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
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