Princess Posey and the First Grade Play – Stephanie Greene, Illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson

Princess Posey and the First Grade Play – Stephanie Greene, Illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson,  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Young Readers Group; 9780399175688; 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Juvenile Literature

What did you like about the book? Princess Posey is a positive role model for young girls, as she thoughtfully maneuvers through the social and emotional landscape of first grade.  Stephanie Greene explores how Princess Posey recognizes her feelings of jealousy within her family with her younger brother Danny and Grandpa, and further when The Queen Bee role was given to her classmate Caitlyn. Her reaction to stealing Caitlyn’s bee eraser transforms from initially feeling good to bad, shame and an eventual positive resolution by sharing her mistake with an understanding parent and teacher. Princess Posey sums up this valuable learning experience by simply stating to her brother Danny “Never take something from someone. Our family doesn’t do this, okay?” Just as author Stephanie Greene refrains from being overly dramatic, Stephanie Roth Sisson illustrates realistic renditions of a simple everyday life for all.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Pre-school, Kindergarten and First grade children, their teachers and their parents

Who should buy this book? Elementary School librarians; parents who hope to combine an easy reader series chapter book, with expose to realistic emotional situations on an age appropriate level. 

Where would you shelve it ? Easy Chapter book

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: March 14, 2017

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