Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World by Vivian French - ADVISABLE

French, Vivian  The Most Wonderful Thing in the World  Illustrated by Angel Barrett Candlewick Press, 2015.  $18.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.   

A king and queen adore their daughter, Princess Lucia, and after raising her in a protected small kingdom, they realize that she needs to marry.  They write a wise man to ask him the best way to go about finding her a husband and the wise man tells them to find a young man who can show them the most wonderful thing in the world.  While many suitors come to impress the king and the queen, Lucia is about the kingdom with a nice man named Salvatore.  When Salvatore finds out that she is a princess he is heartbroken, until he realizes that he can show the king and queen the most wonderful thing in the world—their daughter Princess Lucia.   

This sweet story emphasizes what is most precious in the world-our family.  The magical illustrations are very detailed and beautiful, sometimes telling a story parallel to the written one.  The fairy tale story is fun if not a bit predictable.  The only warning might be that it is there are a lot of words per page spread which might discourage younger readers.   

EL (K-3), EL – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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