Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: How to Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh

I am a huge fan of Sheila Walsh's series of books and videos, Gigi, God's Little Princess.  My girls enjoy Gigi immensely.   So, I was happy to have the opportunity to review How to be God's Little Princess, Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty, by Sheila Walsh.

This is a book for young girls (preteen age) that addresses issues that young women face such as:

  • how to "dress like a princess" (the Royal Wardrobe) for all sorts of occasions, 
  • how to "wear a tiara" (how to wear your hair), 
  • how to perfect your poise, 
  • how to be a good friend, 
  • how to have dinner manners,
  • how to "sparkle like a princess,"
  •  have a royal party, 
  • how to be media wise,
  • how have manners and etiquette with friends, others and at home
  • how to sport a good attitude
  • how to know if she needs an inner beauty makeover

Walsh has many good messages in this book, including that God's grace means unconditional love and that being God' princess is not about being perfect, but perfectly loved.  The book is filled with little quizzes, craft ideas and fun tips.  It is also filled with important practical messages, such as being wise on the internet, using manners, proper introductions, getting beauty rest, and eating a healthy diet. I also love the "Beauty Essentials" suggestion at the end of the book, where Walsh suggests making a scripture box filled with a scripture to memorize.

There is one thing kept nagging at me throughout the book.  There is a very strong focus on how God's Little Princess looks and even smells.  I am all for looking nice and neat and being clean, but to me, the emphasis on how you look is overbearing in this book.  I don't mind that she encourages young women to dress without being revealing and makes suggestions on how to stay modest, but she delves too much into "dressing with a flair," having perfect finger and toe nails, etcetera.  Walsh would have done better to leave out all the parts on looking beautiful.  I actually do not want to give this to my  7-year old daughter as I am afraid this will encourage her to focus too much on her looks, instead of her inner beauty.  I do realize that a lot of children are already focused on their looks so this wouldn't be so much of an issue.  The other thing that may be an issue is that it is geared towards older girls in some aspects (i.e. social networking) but the subject of being a little princess is more appropriate for younger kids.

Overall, it is a fun, cute book that girls ages 7-10 would enjoy.  Although I feel there is too much emphasis on how a young lady looks, there are also some very practical implications for young readers. 

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Book Sneeze.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  This review contains my honest opinions.

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