With the impending wedding of Prince William and his long time girlfriend, Kate Middleton on the horizon, princesses are very much on some people’s minds at the moment.

As a small child I remember playing prince and princesses with my siblings. I was always Princess Anne and my older sister got to be the Queen, but I always thought it was more glamorous to be a princess.

Even today when there’s so much talk of republics and monarchy free states, little girls all over the world dream and pretend to be princesses.

That’s probably why princesses make such great book heroines. Princesses feature today in two books from Scholastic, Princess and Fairy Twinkly Ballerinas and Lilli-Pilli The Frog Princess.


This “look and find” book by Anna Pignataro is full of glitter and colour and princesses and fairies.

The beautifully detailed illustrations are great for children who love to spend time poring over a page, looking at the tiniest detail.

And who wouldn’t be charmed by rabbit fairies dancing and flitting their way through a colourful adventure?

Peter Pan, Captain Hook, The Sugar Plum Fairy and other popular characters make their appearance in the magical land that Anna Pignataro has created.

Young readers will love the encore finale where the fairy ballerina bunnies put on a glittering show for a cheering audience.


This picture book by Vashti Farrer & Owen Swan has a very real princess dilemma. Lilli-Pilli is the eldest and loveliest of the Royal Tadpoles but instead of a tail she has frogs’ legs.

There are advantages to this but of course when it’s time for her to find a prince, having frogs’ legs when you’re a tadpole becomes a problem.

That’s until Lilli-Pilli  she meets a juggling, acrobat, trapeze artist, gymnast prince and finds that they are made for each other.

This book has an important theme for children who feel as if they are different and don’t belong. In Lilli-Pilli the Frog Princess, Lilli-Pilli finds someone who likes her just the way she is.

Owen Swan’s beautiful illustrations show Lilli-Pilli at her leaping, tumbling, gymnastic best. Readers will empathise with this princess heroine and learn that it’s okay to be different.

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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.


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