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Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book [Hardcover]

Meg Cabot
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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March 13 2003 Princess Diaries Books




Compiled by
of Genovia

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Meg Cabot entertained thousands of readers with her Princess Diaries series about a somewhat awkward teenage girl from Manhattan who discovers that she's actually heir to the throne of a small European principality. In this princess-pink guidebook, the unlikely royal Mia Thermopolis informs her fans that if she can be a princess, anyone can--with the help of a few princess lessons, that is. (Of course, she honestly doesn't know why anyone would want to when they could lead a perfectly normal life.) This how-to guide for princesses-in-training--written in the voices of Tina, Grandmère, and other characters from the series--is surprisingly applicable to daily, non-royal life. While it is peppered with princess-specific advice (such as how to perfect a curtsy), it is not quite the spoof one might expect. In the Beauty section, for example, the manual emphasizes confidence, minimal makeup, and hygiene. In the Etiquette section, we learn not to slouch, shuffle, skip, or saunter. Readers will find polite e-mail protocol, musings on popularity, five easy ways to save the planet, and even Lily and Mia's list of movies in which characters achieve self-actualization. Chesley McLaren's comical, artful illustrations reflect the tongue-in-cheek tone of this fairly common-sense manual for surviving Polite Society. And remember: "Throughout history, princesses have been remembered not for the waist size of their 501s, but for the good deeds they performed when they were on the throne." (Ages 10 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Gr. 5-7. So you, too, want to be a princess? Fans of Princess Mia's adventures in the small principality of Genovia may wonder how they, too, can have the accoutrements of princessdom. It's all here between pretty pink covers. Ostensibly written by Mia, this offers the secrets of her princess lessons with Grandmother: the etiquette, table manners, even thoughts about good citizenship. Mia also passes on help from Paola, her makeup artist; Sebastian, her fashion designer; and her best friend Tina, ostensibly a relationship expert. To say the advice here runs the gamut doesn't even begin to describe this book. Some is tongue-in-cheek (tiara maintenance); other bits are useful--how to write a sympathy note (although the example is to someone who has lost a pet cat). Even fans of the Diaries who start out reading this just for Mia's amusing ramblings may glean a few nuggets of decorum along the way. See p.1660 for the latest addition to the Diaries series. Ilene Cooper
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!! VERY HELPFUL!!! July 12 2004
By A Customer
This book is cool. After i started reading it i got my own tiara and wanted to become a REAL princess (too bad that's NEVER gonna happen!) So anyway... i love the advice and i totally disagree with Mia's hating being a princess so much b/c i'd be SOOO excited if i had the oppertunity to be a princess. Well... what i'm trying to say is that this is a really good book. I gotta go now!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Princess Lessons Feb. 3 2004
By A Customer
To all the girls out there, have you ever wanted to be a princess? Or even a Queen? Well I have found the book to get you started for your future dream!
The book Princess Lessons by Meg Cabot gives instructions on what it takes to be a princess. Mia Thermopolis is a princess of a small country called Genovia. The secret to becoming a princess, according to Mia, is to be who you are and not what everyone else expects. Even in the book, Mia said when she first became a princess that everyone treated her differently. After a while, it was back to normal because people started to think of her as a nerd, because she acted like who she was, not what people wanted her to be. This book contains beauty,clothes, and love advice as well as any other bits of knowledge a girl should be aware of. You also learn that being a princes is not the easiest job. You don't just get the job because you're pretty or the most popular girl in school. You have to be smart and always try to do the right thing! If you enjoyed the other Princess Diary books by Meg Cabot, you will love this one!!! If you are somebody who hopes to be a princess, this book will definitely help you get a jump on becoming one!!
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In this sweet little self-help book, aspiring royalty will learn the proper way to curtsey, the appropriate way to introduce one's consort to the queen, and which fork to start with at gala affairs. Characters from Cabot's popular series offer their expert advice, with romantic advice from Tina Hakim Baba and beauty tips from Paolo of Chez Paolo. Lana Turner even makes an appearance to plug extracurricular activities.
There is an initial emphasis on makeup, but at least Paola advocates for understated and low maintenance. It seems out of character for Mia to protest chinchilla capes and spout five ways to save the planet but not to mention choosing beauty products not tested on animals. Phone etiquette is not extended to include cell phone use, although email is mentioned in a chapter separate from correspondence. Health, safety and good judgment are mentioned throughout, and chapters like "Proper Tiara Maintenance" add levity.
Overall, good grooming and gracious are stressed, with Mia reminding girls to be kind, assertive, smile, and above all, to thine own self be true. Not a necessary addition to your library collection, but this might make a nice gift for a young teen who is a fan of the series or film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any Princess Dec 25 2003
For any girl who's ever dreamed of being a royal just like Mia (that would be just about every girl on the planet), this book is perfect for learning the ins and outs of how to present oneself as a princess. With cute pictures and including editors such as Paolo and Grandmere, this book is a runaway hit with the fans.
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1.0 out of 5 stars PC Princess Book - A Disappointment Nov. 21 2003
PC princess a disappointment
My wife pick up the book a school book fair as a gift for our daughter. The movie was great, however the book was a large disappointment. Instead of being a cute, tong in cheek book for girls, it morphed into a book dealing with such issues as whether to eat beef, leather shoes, and the wearing of furs being terrible. The book is a monument of PC in books for children.
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By Willow
After reading loads of negative reviews for "Princess Lessons," I decided to pick it up from the library instead of spending fifteen bucks on it. Well, it's definately a short read, and not too satisfactory.
Mia, Grandmere, Lilly, Tina Hakim Baba, Michael, Paolo, Seabstiano, and Prince Phillippe all take part in this clever "how to" guide. Some topics covered are: How to aquire a boyfriend, how to dress like a princess, how to eat like a princess, and princess beauty tips. It's a funny book, but not long at all - it's about an hour read. Most of the comments in the book are written the funny - but stuffy - grandmere, and are snobby and useless. There aren't actually any good tips in the book, but it holds us over until Princess in Pink is released.
Overall grade - C+
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good-but not great! Oct. 11 2003
I honestly thought this book was going to be part of another Princess Diaries series. But to my dismay, it wasn't.
This book teaches you how to be a "princess", or learn about makeup, good posture, and dining in public. It's funny, but after a while you're saying, "How much more can I take?"
At the end of the book there is a small, funny, make-believe interview, but I felt like I wish the whole book could have been more like that.
I would reccomend this book to girls 12+, because it has things like makeup and so on that younger girls might find quite irrelevant and boring!
But, if you're looking for a quick read and how to brush up on your style/manners, this is the book for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Useful Tips! Oct. 4 2003
Format:Library Binding
There are several points I need to tell you about concerning this book.
One, all of my favorite characters return in this guide, each giving there own unique advice. Example, Paulo and Sebastiano are back. If you do not know who Sebastiano is, keep on reading the regular series.
Two, Meg Cabot has writen each chapter like as if the advice giver were really speaking. Example, somtimes Sebastiano forgets the last sylable of a word. Again, if you do not know who this man is, keep reading the regular series.
This is all I have to say for now, but look for me in the future.
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