Life's hard.

It's even harder when you're stupid.

John Wayne

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

On break until Friday Aug. 9, 2013

Hello Readers,
In an effort to really enjoy what is left of the summer with my girls I will be taking a brief respite from Whymsy Likes Books until Friday August 9th.  Hopefully by the time  Aug 9th rolls around I will be renewed and refreshed, ready to tackle new challenges and review with vigor and spirit.  In the meantime you can take the time to catch up on any reviews you may have missed or might I suggest breaking with your own regular routine for timeout of your own.  Try and appreciate your summer!

I look forward to joining you again soon,

Sarah Elizabeth Plans a Tea Party by Monica Brandner, Lorene Keen, Zac Jones (Illustrations) ★★★★☆

Sarah Elizabeth Plans a Tea PartyLovely
Fiction – Children’s
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Publication Date:  November 10, 2011

Sarah Elizabeth throws a princess tea party for her friend Lexi, but not everything goes according to plan.

I know that this book is much younger than what I usually review, but after purchasing it for my daughter’s birthday I couldn’t help it, I needed to share.  The illustrations are lovely and whimsical, full of color and energy.  The artist really captures the feeling of each scene and the characters personalities brilliantly shine through.  The words are simple enough that a 1st or 2nd grader should be able to read them on their own with only a little help, though it would be good to go through it with them to talk through the teachable moments, five of which are listed in the back.

In the book Sarah Elizabeth starts out with good intentions, but then selfishness gets the best of both her and Lexi, making them behave badly.  The story focuses on teaching kids to treat others with kindness and respect and how to forgive; lessons that all little princesses and princes can benefit from.  Personally, as a parent, I am grateful for any tool that I can use to reinforce these attributes in my girls. 

ISBN  0615505333 (ISBN13: 9780615505336)