It's patently obvious that today's children are being deprived of excellent fairy tales involving dragons and princesses who are doctors. Luckily this gentle story about a helpful and well-meaning trio of friends has flown onto the scene.
With satisfactory rhymes bouncing us from page to page, we are invited to join the adventures of a team who searches out creatures in need of medical assistance. These creatures span the gamut from regal to magical and all is well until we have the great misfortune of meeting the uncle of the princess, a misogynistic king who doesn't believe girls can do more than embroidery and flower arranging.
Pshaw we say! Girls can do anything and the day will come when this king will be glad to have a girl around who can cure the most royal of diseases.
A warm, gentle adventure in a magical world where girls reveal their smarts and their powers.
32 pages 978-1407164953 Ages 4-7
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Other titles in the series: Zog; A Gold Star for Zog
Zog the dragon, Princess Pearl, and Sir Gadabout have taken to the skies! No sniffly lion or sunburned mermaid will go without care while the flying doctors are on duty. But Princess Pearl's unconventional career path doesn't sit so well with her uncle, the king. He thinks princesses should stay in their towers and embroider cushions all day!
When the king's mysterious illness befuddles all the royal doctors, however, it's Princess Pearl to the rescue! She not only heals the king -- she also changes his mind about what it means to be a princess.
The heroes of A Gold Star for Zog fly again in this story of the value of letting your talent shine, all told in Julia Donaldson's enchanting rhymes with Axel Scheffler's witty illustrations.