The Little Princess is jealous of the other dads in the kingdom and the relationships they have with their children.
The other dads are taller than the King. The Cook bakes his son fancy cakes; the King’s cooking isn’t even palatable to the dog. The General’s son rides a pony, taught by his father, but the King sneezes around animals. While the King uses water wings in the tub, the Admiral’s daughter swims with the fish. And on it goes. When the Little Princess voices her complaints to a servant, the Maid says she can teach her all those things. But the riding lesson ends in a bumped head, baking is a fail, and she swallows too much water learning to swim. Running into her father, the Little Princess proclaims, “Dad, I’m useless.” As the two embrace, the King expresses his love and admiration for his daughter, telling her he was so proud to hear of her doing all those exciting things. And so the book ends, the message a little muddy. Two peas in a pod? I love you just the way you are? All of Ross’ characters are white with ruddy complexions, though the feelings that the Little Princess expresses in her eponymous series will be recognizable by many.
An odd ending note may keep readers from saying “I want it again!” (Picture book. 4-7)