Do Princesses Have Best Friends Forever? by Carmela La Vigna Coyle, Mike Gordon & Carl Gordon (Illustrators)
Publisher:  Taylor Trade Publishing
Published:  December 16th 2010

Hardcover, 32 pages
Reading Level: Ages 4-8

In the first new Princesses book in four years, Carmela LaVigna Coyle celebrates friendship as two girls play dress-up, make forts from blankets and sheets, stomp in the mud, and generally do all the things that best friends do. Let’s make two bracelets with a double pink heart/And THEN we can wear them when we’re apart. I wish that our play date would never, ever end/That’s how it feels when you have a best friend.

Two best friends, during a play date, ask if “everyday things” are things that princesses are able to do.  Can princesses stomp in the mud and then clean their toes off? Can they sing while on their way to the zoo? Can they get ice cream and they can play dress up?  Most importantly though, if they hurt someone’s feelings it is their responsibility to apologize to them? 

These two cute girls start out doing very girly-princess-like things (playing dress up) and gradually move to doing more ‘adult’ things (making friendship bracelets) and knowing that even princesses have responsibilities. 

This book is very cute and perfect for young girls to learn that friends are important, as well as the responsibilities that come with having friendships.  While it is not hinted in the writing itself, the illustrations show these two girls coming from different cultures: one is black and the other is white.  This in turn adds to the theme of the book that friendship can cross color/culture boundaries.  

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