Title: The Princess Gown
Author: Linda Leopold Strauss
Illustrator: Malene Reynolds Laugesen
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Concepts: producers, consumers, innovation, entrepreneur
Review: Hanna’s resourcefulness and creativity helped her to play in places such as high tree limbs where she had an eagle’s eye view of the goings-on, but these traits also led to messy clothes and dirty hands whenever she came home. Was it her dirty hands that smudged the gorgeous wedding dress that her father had hand-crafted for the competition to become the official Embroider to the Princess? With no way to remove the stain in time, Hanna and her family must find a way to hide the flaw or risk heading to the poorhouse if the princess chooses a different tailor’s dress.
For those who judge a book by its cover, be forewarned: this book is certainly no ordinary enchanted fairytale. Rather, it weaves a set of interesting economics lessons about innovation, producers, and consumers into an entertaining story about a child’s attempt to fix a problem. With its exquisite illustrations, clever text, and substantive content, The Princess Gown comes as a breath of fresh air in the crowded market of princess books.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children