I am so delighted to feature a book for Perfect Picture Book Friday that my daughter and I shared as a favorite for several years. Even better, this book was written by our March 12 x 12 Featured author, Carmela LaVigna Coyle.
Cooper Square Publishing LLC, February 2003
Suitable for: Ages 3-7
Themes/Topics: Self-acceptance, Princesses, Nature, Self confidence, Self Esteem
Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon: Every inquisitive little girl wonders what it is really like to be a genuine princess. At the heart of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? lives an energetic, spirited, and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mom. Do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, do chores, or have to eat the crusts of their bread? The mother’s voice is timelessly reassuring as she answers her daughter’s questions and advises her that being like a princess has to do with what we are on the inside.
Activities: The best activity would be to put on hiking boots and go “play” princess or prince! My daughter and I also used to talk about other activities she liked to do and we’d discuss whether princesses would do them too. Once we even created a version of this story based on my daughter’s favorite pastimes.
Why I Like This Book: When my daughter was 2, we moved to Colorado and I was looking for books I could introduce her to that would inspire a love of an outdoor and active life. This book not only fit the bill for that, but also as a way of showing her that she was special and unique just the way she was. Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? remains one of our all-time favorite books.