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Description - The Princess and her Panther by Wendy Orr

From the author of many celebrated books including Nim's Island comes the perfect story for chasing away the spooky shadows of the night. A warm assuring story accompanied by vibrant and rich illustrations by Lauren Stringer who has illustrated many beautiful books including her own story, Winter is the Warmest Season.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781742374246
ISBN-10: 1742374247
Format: Hardback
(283mm x 248mm x mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Princess and her Panther by Wendy Orr - Reviewed by (04 Sep 2010)

What a delightful tale of two young sisters.The older sister dressed as a princess is the leader of the expedition.The younger sister dressed as a panther lets her imagination run wild.Together they embark on a journey to camp in their backyard.

As night time falls,the girls huddle in their tent.It's at this point that they hear small animal noises which take on gigantic proportions.They try to remain brave by repeating their mantra: ‘the princess was brave, and the panther tried to be.’Can you guess what happens next?

Ah, those were the days. I remember when I was the same age as the girls, I loved to camp inside. I would throw a sheet over the clothes rack, place a blanket underneath, raid the kitchen for food and then hide hoping mum and dad couldn’t find me!

The Prep children in my class really enjoyed this story, in particular the idea of dressing up,role play and pitching a tent.

With my Prep Class, we acted out the story through role play. Here is our script devrived from the story:

“Come on, let’s start our adventure at “Backyard Retreat”. First choice, do you want to be a Brave Princess or a Scaredy cat Panther? Put your mask on! Quick, pitch a tent. Grab some food and drink. Don’t forget your torch and blanket. Wade across a lake if you dare and walk carefully across the hot desert sand. Now, enter the tent. Wait a minute, What’s that noise?”

The children were then given choices to make to solve this problem, through guided questioning: *How would you feel if you were camping and heard spooky noises? *What can the Brave Princess and the Scared Panther do to fix this problem?

Overall,this book is great story that questions what it means to be brave.It engages the young reader through beautiful illustrations and repetitive text.It also helps stimulate imaginative play through the idea of dressing up as a Princess or a Panther.

I highly recommended this book for children aged between 4-8 years.


Author Biography - Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada, and spent her childhood in various places across Canada, France and the USA. She is the author of many award-winning books, including Ark in the Park, Peeling the Onion and Nim's Island, which was made into a feature film starring Abigail Breslin. The sequel, Nim at Sea, is also being made into a film. Wendy lives on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Lauren Stringer was born in Great Falls, Montana, USA. She is an artist and sculptor, and has designed sets and costumes for performance art, dance and theatre. She has illustrated many beautiful books, including Mud, by Mary Lyn Ray, Snow, by Cynthia Ryland, and her own, Winter is the Warmest Season.

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