Princess Lessons Hardcover – Mar 25 2003
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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
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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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!!
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.
This book is pure fun. It manages to provide a sort of self help book for teenage girls while throwing in much humor from the characters from the series. Mia is always there, writing in pink and commenting about the things she agrees and disagrees about. Some of my favorite parts has to be Paolo's humorous part on makeup and Sebastinano commenting on fashion, with his poor accented English. Another favorite part of mine has to be Michael's brief but amusing interview.
This book is not necessary for fans of the Princess Diary to read. It must have taken place after the fourth book but it doesn't really continue the story at all. If you're a fan of the series you don't have to read it. Personally I think that it's just pure fun. You'll read it in one sitting. Still it is not a real Princess Diary book, and I'd prefer another edition to the series than a self help book any day. Reading page after page of "how to"s gets annoying after a while but it's still a great thing for fans of the Princess Diaries to read while they're waiting for The Princess Diaries Volume Four and a Half: Project Princess to come out.
Such as, in Talk Like a Princess the advice includes: Do not gossip: When you have just met a new person, it isn't smart to ask him something like "Did you hear about the countess and Prince Rene?" because he might reply, "No, the countess is my wife. What about her and Prince Rene?" Suddenly, you will feel very uncomfortable.
It's funny, cause that's from the book. But also makes the point!
And the book makes you feel good about yourself, too. Like when Paolo, who did Mia's makeover, says: "Everyone is coming to Paolo, crying like a baby: Oh my hair is curly! Make it straight! Principessas have the straight hair!" Well, I, Paolo, would like to say something. Principessas can have curly hair. Principessas can have straight hair. Principessas can have blond hair. Principessas may have cornrows, extensions, crew cuts, and dreads.
And then he tells you how to really have hair of a true principessa (like being clean and low-maintenance.)
And there's a funny interview with Michael, Lana's tips for extracurricular activities and.... lots more. This would be a great gift for any girl!
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on July 12 2004
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... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Rachel Frazier
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. Read more
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by Willow
I honestly thought this book was going to be part of another Princess Diaries series. But to my dismay, it wasn't. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003 by Virginia
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. Read more
Do you want to learn how to walk, talk, sit, and act like a Princess? Then this book is for you. This short little self-help book featuring some of our favorite fiction characters,... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Erika Sorocco
This is a fun read for fans of the series, but even then, I'd suggest checking this book out from the library rather than buying it. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Katayla
It tells about everyday things and royal situations. Great for all princesses!Published on Aug. 5 2003 by Jacquie
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