I recently discovered The Princess Who Wore Glasses in quite a unique way; a friend of mine met the author, Laura Hertzfeld Katz, through a dance class both of their daughters attended, and she thought I might like to share the book with YOU here on my blog! My friend must know me well!!!
I happily accepted the book to review, and read it with Luke (age 4) and Lilah (age 2) several times over the past few weeks.
The Princess Who Wore Glasses tells the story of Princess Liana of the kingdom of TuaLuna who is unable to see very far. Once her parents discover her eyesight issue, her father, the King, takes her to see the court magician, who presents her with a beautiful pair of eyeglasses. Liana is then able to see and enjoy her world much more!
The book is recommended for children ages 4-8, especially little girls, although my little boy seemed to like it as much as my little girl did.
There are several things I *love* about this book:
- The author says, “My friend’s daughter was the inspiration for this book. When she learned she had to wear glasses she exclaimed, ‘but Mommy, there are no princesses who wear glasses!’” My own little girl has no known eyesight issues, but I can hear her saying something just like that if she ever does need eyeglasses in the future! In case you didn’t notice, she is very into princesses. See her shirt??? And no, that wasn’t planned! I know that soooooo many little girls are princess fanatics, so I think the topic of the book has extremely wide appeal.
- The author lives in Cary, so I’m thrilled to share with you a local (to me) author!! I also found out Laura is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has two young children.
- The illustrator of the book is also local. At the time of completion, he was only 12 years old! Jacob Duncan lives on a farm in Holly Springs, and is a home school student. Impressive!!
|The illustrations in the book are very detailed and colorful; Jacob Duncan, a home school student and the illustrator of The Princess Who Wore Glasses, was only 12 years old when he completed the art for the book!|
- I also love that the book deals with the topic of getting eyeglasses in such a positive light. I could definitely see this being a helpful book to read to any little girl who was about to get glasses or who was reluctant to wear her glasses, as it would help her to feel special. I think it may also make children who don’t wear glasses a little more understanding of those who do, too, since it shows how getting glasses really helps Princess Liana.
After the story, there are a few additions at the back of the book. One is called “Questions from Princess Liana” and is a question-and-answer formatted conversation you can share with a little girl who has glasses. Another is a page of “Hints for Parents” that talks about signs of vision problems in young children and how to help your child through the process of getting glasses. A third page is a certificate that you can write your child’s name on and present to her to certify she is a princess who wears glasses.
For more information on The Princess Who Wore Glasses or to order your copy, check out these links:
- The Princess Who Wore Glasses website
- The Princess Who Wore Glasses Facebook page
- The Princess Who Wore Glasses on Amazon
- The Princess Who Wore Glasses at B&N
- The author will be doing book signings at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Harrison in Cary on June 12th (kids night) from 5-8pm and again on June 27th from 11am-2pm. Laura says there will be several others this summer, so check her website for upcoming events.
- The Princess Who Wore Glasses is stocked at the local Barnes & Noble in Cary and the Quail Ridge Bookstore on Wade Avenue, in addition to Amazon and B&N online.
Thank you to the author, Laura Hertzfeld Katz, for supplying a review copy of the book to me. L&L have enjoyed it!
Disclosure: The book reviewed in this post was given to me for free by the author. I only accept and review products on my blog that interest me, my family, and that I think would truly interest and benefit you, my readers. All posts on this blog reflect my personal opinions and are not swayed by compensation and/or free products.
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