This is a super-cute little story with a message for young readers from an author of The Rescue Princesses which they may recognise.
This story of kindness and responsibility has secret messages of the realities of owning a pet which is pretty much on message for this age group who are often just as animal mad as Princess Bea is!
Princess Bea is not allowed a pet as her father King George believe it is unbecoming of the Royal Residence so she basically hides creatures she finds from spiders to mice and in this book she goes bigger with a small but rambunctious ginger kitten she calls Tiger.
How will Bea be a responsible pet owner AND stick to the rules of the palace?
This is a lovely story about taking responsibility and what it’s really like to have a pet.
Bea makes mistakes, she doesn’t always make the best choice or one that fits the rules but she has a good heart and tries to do what she feels is the right thing. This is a great way to show children everyone makes mistakes but we can overcome them.
It’s also pretty honest about what it’s like to have a kitten, Tiger reminded me of an friend’s cat whose climbing escapades were so extreme her wallpaper was shredded in descending order of damage as he aged.
This is great for children who beg for pets but aren’t quite aware of the consequences and realities of having a pet including feeding and potentially unruly behaviours! It isn’t to alarm or scaring off having pets, it’s more to gently make them aware that looking after an animal isn’t all cuddles and pretty collars.
Overall this is a sweet start to a series I can see Littlefae wanting to know more about and children resonating with Princess Bea and her love for animals.
The Princess Of Pets: The Naughty Kitten by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller is published by Nosy Crow
Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending a copy, this has not affected my opinion.