The Princesses Have a Ball by Teresa Bateman

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Once upon a time, not so long ago,
There were twelve tall princesses all in a row.
Every night they wore out their shoes.
But where did they go? What did they do?
These girls held no ordinary royal court--
They were playing their favorite sport!

The king wonders what his daughters are up to at night--why aren't they dreaming of princes? But with the help of a clever cobbler, the perfect shoes, and a very special ball, the princesses soon make their own dreams come true!

 

About Teresa Bateman

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Teresa Bateman has won both the Storytelling World Award and the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award. Her books include Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun, which Booklist called "an enjoyable tale, touched with wit and irony." She lives in Tacoma, Washington. Lynne Avril Cravath was born and grew up in Montana. Her father was an artist and Lynne followed in his path graduating from the art school at the University of Montana in Missoula. Lynne spent many years as a freelance graphic artist before she began illustrating children's books. She shows her paintings at the Paulina Miller Studio Gallery in Phoenix. Her books have been selected for awards by the Junior Library Guild, the Society of School Librarians International, the Children's Book Council, and the Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio. Lynne Cravath lives in Arizona.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Albert Whitman & Company. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their puzzled royal father can’t figure out how they go through elegant shoes so rapidly, but a young cobbler cottons on: “It’s strange, / but it’s clear to me / that these shoes were worn out / athletically.” A bit of nocturnal spying tells the tale—the princesses have taken to spending every n...

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"Bateman gives this retelling of the 12 dancing princesses a shot of girl-power," said PW .

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The 12 unnamed princesses tend to blur into a single character, despite Cravath's attempts to differentiate them in the artwork, and the driving beat tends to overwhelm the narrative.

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