Princess Posey and the Perfect Present: Book 2 Paperback – Mar 3 2011
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“It is an impressive feat when just a few short sentences can relay the complicated relationship dynamics as perceived by a first-grader, but Greene does it again and again as she chronicles Posey’s emotional endeavors with tenderness and compassion. Young readers will relate to Posey’s need to feel special in the eyes of one she admires, and they’ll be delighted when she finds a way to do so while remaining true to herself.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Greene continues to get the social dynamic of first-grade girls perfect. . . . Very short chapters, generous font, lots of eye-saving white space on each page and frequent black-and-white illustrations make this early chapter book accessible to the very earliest reader. Posey is flawed in a way that is absolutely perfect. She struggles with her emotions and finds her way back with the help of her mother, teacher and small circle of buddies.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Once again, Greene’s brief chapters capture a first grader’s enthusiasm, small but real heartache, and problem-solving gumption--thank goodness for that pink tutu that turns Posey into Princess Posey, who 'wouldn’t cry if someone gave the same present. She would just think of another present.'" — The Horn Book
About the Author
Stephanie Greene is a long time fan of princesses. She admires their tutus and glittery veils and necklaces - the works! She is happy that reviewers think Posey is “charming” and “sparkly” and hopes her readers will love all of the new Posey books, too. Stephanie Greene lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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This story deals with an upcoming event in Posey's classroom - Ms. Lee's (the teacher) birthday. Posey is determined to give Ms. Lee the perfect present. Along the way, Posey ends up hurting her best friend Nikki's feelings. Can Posey set things right? Young children will easily identify themselves with some of the young characters in this book.
The vocabulary is simple and appropriate for first graders but for those looking for a more challenging read for advanced readers in first grade, I would suggest checking out the following, all of which engaged my daughter's attention:
The Judy Moody Star-Studded Collection: Books 1-3
Cam Jansen: Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries: A Super Special & the rest of the books in the series
Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3)
Sleepover Sleuths (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1) & others in the series
Tink in a Fairy Fix (Disney Fairies A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) & the rest in the series
While these books seem to be girly books, Posey does like to pretend she is a princess after all, but there is much that boys can relate to as well, such as being teased and facing fears. The questions for discussion at the back of the first book provide a nice way to get kids talking and the craft at the end of the second book is perfect for girls reading on their own to attempt (a magic wand). Highly recommended for students who are ready for chapter books and a character they can relate to. (I doubt however, that many boys will pick these up on their own, the titles and covers are definitely aimed at girls.)
I recommend this for all with daughters ages 9 to 13...Good stuff!