Another picture book that we've recently checked out and read together as a family is The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton.
Honestly? Not my favorite. It was pretty cute, but a little boring, to me anyway. BUT the kids really enjoyed it, and that's who I'm reading for, right? Well, to be totally honest, when I read to the kids, I want something that I enjoy and my kids enjoy. I'm glad this was a library book because I was looking forward to not having to read it anymore!
The book is all about being a fairy princess, and how you need to "let your sparkle out." She goes over all the qualities of a fairy princess ("Fairy princesses are very supportive" for example, when she gives encouragement to her friend). It's a good message.
But the fact of it is, I read books to be entertaining and not to teach my kids life lessons. As the mom, I teach them life lessons while they're living their life, not while they're reading a book for entertainment. If there are morals in the story, I want them to not be detrimental to the plot of the book. There really was not much of a plot, which was why this book was so boring.
But, because my own daughters want to be fairy princesses themselves, I ended up reading it over and over (and over and over...).