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Book Title: The Second Princess|
The author of the book: Hiawyn Oram
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 953 KB
ISBN 13: 9780307175137
Edition: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Date of issue: July 15th 1994
Read full description of the books:This book tells the story of the second princess, who gets incredibly frustrated at being the younger sister and always being in the shadow of her older sister. She plots to get rid of her older sister so that she can be first for once, eventually getting the attention of her parents, who manage to come up with a great compromise.
I liked the frank way that this book deals with the frustration of being the younger sibling, something I found many children could relate to very easily. The exaggerated nature of the second princess' actions makes it easy to look at and discuss how justified/reasonable she is being. The plot may go a little too far in places, but the basic theme is very relatable, and extreme enough to demonstrate to older siblings how frustrated younger ones can get.
I read this with a nursery class, many of whom related well to the angst of being a younger sibling. This would work well with children much older though, as the theme is quite universal and the discussion of frustration, inferiority and compromise can be dealt with in a lot of depth if the children can manage it.
This book is quite funny and as a basic story can be read on its own, but lends itself very well to discussion of sibling rivalry, underdogs, feelings of inferiority and to finding good compromises.
Read information about the authorHiawyn Oram is a very successful author of children's books in Britain. Her books include the popular Not-So-Grizzly Bear Stories, the Animal Heroes series, and Mona the Vampire. She lives in London.
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