A young girl imagines her home to be a palace, but outside on the playground, life is not quite so royal and charming.
Jane has many responsibilities as a princess. She must study (Math for Monarchs), manage the royal zoo (stuffed animals) and have tea with her ladies-in-waiting (dolls) “every day at half past three.” She must also watch out for her “horrible toad” of a brother who torments her kingdom—as all brothers are apt to do. But outside the safety of her castle, Princess Jane is quiet and shy. One day, while accompanying the Queen (her mother) to the market, she stops at the “pleasure grounds,” where many lords and ladies are running and playing. Princess Jane doesn’t think she fits in and has avoided the playground in the past; why should this time be any different? But to her surprise, she meets another “princess.” She just might have a fairy-tale ending after all. Alsenas dresses Jane in pink frills, and the story’s jacket is awash in sparkles, but with tantrums and worries, Princess Jane is identifiably, and most definitely, just a child navigating the world of making friends.
A refreshing dose of reality for all those princess wannabes. (Picture book. 3-6)