Lottie's Princess Dress (Picture Books)

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Despite it being a regular school day, Lottie awakes with the need to wear her golden princess dress to school because she knows something special is going to happen, yet trying to convince her mother of the pending event doesn't turn out to be an easy thing to accomplish.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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In this whimsical but too-chatty debut from a German duo, "a freezing cold day" transforms into "a glittery gold day" with the aid of some glitzy attire. On a frosty morning, Lottie is reluctant to get ready for kindergarten. She resists her mother's assertive "going-to-work voice" and "no-more-stalling voice," but finally goes to get dressed. In her bedroom, which features a cardboard mini-castle populated by toy animals, Lottie "fix[es] her hair in a princess style" and puts on her floor-length yellow-and-gold dress. At this, her mom throws a tantrum (complete with a dragon's breath of red fire), but soon relents: "Well, maybe if you wore your warm coat." Triumphant, Lottie next convinces her mother to ditch her practical business attire and wear a "red dress with glittery gold spots" to work. They top off their outfits with shiny crowns, then go out to catch the bus. Kaergel provides angular colored-pencil illustrations reminiscent of G. Brian Karas's style, adding an appropriate sparkle with patches of gold foil that reflect light from the pages. D?rrie effectively shows how a mother and daughter might cooperate and compromise during the stressful morning rush. However, the author includes superfluous dialogue and description, making for a dry and overlong read-aloud session. Despite the playful pictures, this tale is more a lesson for uptight parents than an enticement for children. Ages 4-8. (July)
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