This feature, in which we recommend books based on what you tell us in an email, is going to be around throughout our summer vacation. I am trying to catch up on all the kind people who have been patiently waiting for a recommendation. If you have specific questions, needs, or desires (my child is a reluctant reader who loves carnage but hates cats) send it to us here, and we will do our best to recommend the right book for you. And, as always, please don’t hesitate to put in your own recommendations!
Next up, a 4-year-old girl who loves to be read to, but whose mother is gratefully crawling (on bloodied knees, it sounds like) toward the light at the end of the tunnel as she escapes from PrincessLand. The child is a big fan of old-fashioned things (she loved loved loved the Little House Books), princesses (duh), pretty dresses, etc etc. What can the mother get to please the child, yet counteract the princess miasma? Perhaps this.
Also, for good measure, the Besty-Tacy books, Ballet Shoes, and All of a Kind Family. Any other dress-focused days of yore lit to help this poor woman out?