Praise and Reviews
“A little girl and her younger sister have a great adventure in the backyard. After dark, though, it gets harder to be brave. Alert children will know that it’s not leaf snakes but leaves, not an owl-witch but an owl, not a great dog-wolf but the puppy next door that try their bravery. The pictures are in broad, rich swaths of acrylic colors that deepen into night and then lighten into morning. A warm and cozy tale of sisterly joy and sweet imagination. " --Kirkus Reviews
"Imagination is at the heart of this book as two sisters set out to camp in their backyard. Their red tent becomes a royal shelter, the wading pool a lake, and the sandbox is the desert they toil across. The princess is stalwart, but her little sister, the panther, is unnerved when night falls. Orr’s steady refrain is, “The princess was brave, and the panther tried to be,” and the timidity of the panther is purposefully revealed in the rich acrylic illustrations... a clever twist on the usual camping story and the fears that accompany it."
--School Library Journal
"The princess was brave and the panther tried to be is the constant refrain in this picture book about two sisters who play and camp out in the backyard...The acrylic pictures, in bright shades of purple, green, and red on double-page spreads, show the glaring shapes and shadows, detailed with claws and fangs. Then the refrain changes: The princess tried to be brave and the panther tried to try, and both sisters summon the courage to confront the monsters...Children will recognize the thrill of confronting fears at the same time that cozy comforts are right there when they need them."
"...A charming, relatable story with absolutely stunning illustrations by Stringer. The final double page spread and the following endpaper spread are just beautiful."
--Kid's Book Review
The Princess and Her Panther
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