Friday, March 30, 2018

The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat by Margie Markarian- OPTIONAL

Markarian, Margie. The Princess and the Café on the Moat, PICTURE BOOK. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018.  $16.99.

In this giant castle, the princess is bored. All she wants to do is help out and learn new tasks, but no one will let her try anything out. She’s so desperate that she decides to sneak away and find something to occupy herself on her own. She meets an elderly man who needs help reading a letter from his son. She meets a widow who could use some help with her children while she goes to the market. And she helps an injured squire. When the king and queen realize the princess is missing, they send out a search party and find her just outside the castle enjoying her time with her newfound friends. To keep her busy from now on, they set up a café each day at just the same spot where those in need can come and receive help and socialize.

The story is a little unbelievable and I didn’t like that none of the characters were actually named, they were only labeled by their title or position, but the concept of being kind-hearted and helpful was appropriately expressed. It was nice to see a young character with initiative to want to do good things in the world. I really like the simplicity and basic lines of the illustrations.

PRE-K, EL (K-3)- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Shay, School Librarian

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