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Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose

Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose

Nancy Gow
Illustrator:  Stephen Costanza 
Sterling, 2010   ISBN: 978-1402763960

Once upon a time there was a princess who was lovely, she had a voice “like honey,” and “her smile was soft and sweet.” Unfortunately, this delightful young lady had enormous feet, and when young princes came to court her, the sight of her feet scared them off. Because her feet “were the first thing they’d see,” the princes did not even wait to find out how “charming” the princess was. They would dismiss her without even making the effort to find out what a wonderful person she was.

Not far away, a prince lived in a castle and this “charming” and “kind” fellow was perfect in every way except that he had “a nose like a barn.” Princesses who met him would not even give him a chance, because all they noticed were his “gigantic” nose.

Luckily, the princess with the big feet and the prince with the big nose had wise parents who counseled them to always be themselves and to accept that “I am what I am and that’s all right with me.”

In this delightful picture book, we meet two young people whose confidence in who they are is tested because the are different. Despite being rejected by others, the prince and the princess stay true to who they are, and in the end they find the love and happiness they are looking for.

With beautiful full-page illustrations throughout, a clever rhyming text that is touched with humor, and a meaningful message about self love and confidence, this is a picture book that should be on every classroom and library shelf.