Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?
Author: Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Illustrators: Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Rising Moon/ 2003
ISBN: 0873588282
Age Levels: 4-8

Book Review

What does it mean to be a princess? That is the theme readers explore as they move through each vignette in this charming book. On the left hand side of each double-page spread, the main character—a spunky little girl—asks her mother a question such as, "Do princesses climb trees?" and "Do princesses have to do any chores?" On the right hand page, the mother answers, always in the affirmative.

The rhyming text is cleverly and colorfully illustrated with cartoon-like line drawings. Each scene captures perfectly the spirited and likeable main character.

At the conclusion of the story, the little girl asks her mother, "Mommy, do princesses seem at all like me?" to which her mother replies, "Look inside yourself and see." When the reader turns the page, there she finds a framed mirror, with her own face reflected, and beside it the words, "A princess is a place in your heart." A fitting and perfect ending to a winning tale.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2003 Education Oasis

About the Author

Carmela LaVigna Coyle has been writing stories for children since she was a young girl herself. She was inspired to write this book when her own daughter, sporting a tiara and coveralls, asked if princesses wear hiking boots. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two children, and a fluffy white dog. This is her first published children's book.

About the Illustrators

Mike Gordon's award-winning illustrations span educational, non-fiction, entertainment, and fiction books worldwide. Originally from Manchester, England, he now resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Carl Gordon and his father have been a team since 1999. Mike Gordon creates the line art illustrations, and the color is computer generated by Carl. He has a degree in graphic art and currently lives in Hove, England.