Book Review & Giveaway: The Princess Who Wore Glasses

The Princess Who Wore Glasses
written by Laura Hertzfeld Katz
illustrated by Jacob Duncan

Do you know a little girl who is about to get glasses or one that already has them?  Then check out this book!

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:

If you live in or around the Cary, NC area, here is some additional information about local events:
  • 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!

I am also excited to let you know that the author has graciously agreed to let me host a giveaway for FIVE (5) copies of The Princess Who Wore Glasses!  There is a button for quick and easy, no hassle entry, as well as lots of ways to earn extra entries — a couple of which you can come back and do daily!!!  

Giveaway Rules:
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will be open for entry for 2 weeks from the date of posting.  FIVE (5) different winners will be chosen through random drawing (via Rafflecopter) and will each win ONE (1) copy of the book, The Princess Who Wore Glasses.  Winners will be posted here and contacted via email within 48 hours of the close of the giveaway.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address before new winners are chosen.  Please add inlieuofpreschool (at) gmail (dot) com to your email contacts to ensure my email doesn’t go into your spam folder should I contact you that you are a winner!  

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • abccraftymom says:

    I am so thrilled to see this book… I can’t believe I hadn’t found it. My daughter is 4 and has glasses. She got them at 2 and I search for all things related to glasses. She also adores princesses so I know she will flip over this book. I hope I win….

  • Shawna Lowrance says:

    How perfect! I am a Mother’s Day Out teacher and have a sweet girl in my class of 3 year olds who recently got glasses due to an optic tumor. This would be such a perfect way to present the issue to my kiddos.

  • Michelle says:

    My daughter wears glasses so I’ll be reading it to her:)

  • Brandy says:

    I would love to read this to my boys . . . neither have glasses (yet, but both parents do, so only time will tell!)

  • This book would be amazing for my four year old daughter! She got her first pair of glasses in January of this year. At first she thought they were neat but someone said something negative to her and we had a rough road ahead of us. She would stand in front of the bathroom mirror and tell us that she looked cute without her glasses on then when we asked her to put them on, she’d cry. Once my husband put them on her face and she sobbed that he took her “beautiful-ness” away. She’s gotten a little better about it since realizing that most of the adults in her life wear glasses (including both of her parents!) but she still feels a little out of sorts wearing them.

  • Christie P says:

    Absolutely thrilled to see another fabulous book featuring children wearing eyeglasses. My daughter got her first pair at age 6 months and I am always looking for books to build her self esteem.

  • Steph says:

    I would love to win this book to give to my sister. She is a kindergarten teacher. I think this would be great for her class. She has a little boy with glasses in her class this year too! Thanks for this opportunity!!

  • Cora says:

    I would love this book for my 4-yr-old daughter! She started wearing pink glasses at 15 months old. Although she has never complained or been “teased,” I have a feeling that might change as she gets older. Just the other day a girl at the playground asked her, “Why do you wear glasses?” My daughter looked at me with confusion but then went right on playing. As much as she loves books, I know this would be her new favorite!

  • cassie-o says:

    This looks like a great book. I know my girls have friends who wear glasses.

  • I am loving this book! Both my son (age 5) and daughter (age 3) wear glasses. And it is really hard to find books about kids with glasses, nevertheless princesses with them. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  • Jennifer VBK says:

    My son wears glasses and has since he was 9 months old. We’re always excited to find new books that talk about glasses and I know that he’s love this book.

  • We are pretty sure that both of our kids need glasses. It would be nice to have something to help get them use to the idea of glasses.

  • I have a few first grade girls who wear glasses… this book would be great. I think it would give them a little self-esteem boost!

  • This would be a great book to share with my kindergarteners. I just had a student who had to get glasses-now everybody wants glasses too! LOL

  • I began wearing glasses at a young age and I would love to share this with my own children. Thanks!

  • Perfect book for my princess niece with glasses herself!

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