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Six short and beautifully illustrated stories
on 14 September 2012
This edition of the Disney Princess Storybook Collection contains six separate Princess stories. These are:
* Belle and the Castle Puppy
* Cinderella and the Lost Mice
* Ariel's Dolphin Adventure
* Aurora and the Diamond Crown
* Rapunzel and the Crown Jewels
* Tiana and the Jewel of the Bayou
Some of these have appeared before in Disney offerings, for example Aurora and the Diamond Crown appears in Princess Bedtime Stories , so if you have some Disney collections already you may want to check that the stories from there haven't been recycled here. For me and my daughters though all the stories here were new. Now for each of the stories in turn:
Belle and the Castle Puppy sees Belle take in a lost puppy who then runs off into the woods. The story contains elements familiar from the Beauty and the Beast film, like the characters, the woods, the wolves that inhabit those woods, Beast being an angry sort of a fellow etc. so seeing the film beforehand may be an advantage. The story then ends with a ballroom dance.
The second story is about Cinderella and again contains characters from the film, and some ballroom dancing. The mice get thrown out of the palace and Cinderella begins to worry about them but all ends well.
Ariel's adventure begins this time with ballroom dancing before heading seaward where Ariel and Prince Eric help a baby dolphin stranded in a lagoon.
Aurora's story sees her turn 17-years-old and she gets a diamond crown as a gift, as long as she can answer three riddles correctly. Afterwards she celebrates with another ball.
Rapunzel's story sees her come to grips with life without her magic hair, and she comes to realise that she is special, even without it. And there is no ballroom dancing in sight.
Then Tiana's adventure ends the book with Naveen getting into trouble in the swamps of the Bayou before being rescued by Tiana before they dance the night away.
So overall six princesses appearing so no Snow White, Jasmine, Mulan or Pocahontas, lots of dancing, lots of beautiful artwork as you'd expect from Disney, but the stories are each no longer than 10-minutes in length so they may be a bit short and simplistic for older children. However for little girls there is everything here to keep them happy.