Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Barefoot Books

The Princess and the White Bear King by Tanya Robyn Batt and illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli is a happily ever after story adapted from three European fairy tales. In this beautifully illustrated story, a young princess has a dream. Her father, the King, tries his best to re-create it, but it seems that only the great White Bear holds the key to her dreams.

The story immediately puts you in the wintry setting,

"In the North, where the thickly-needled pine forests are deep and dark and the snow falls bride-white, there once lived three Princesses, daughters of a King and Queen. All three were beautiful, but with her long, fair hair and her dreamy eyes, the youngest was the fairest by far. And her father loved her best."

The princess finds herself in an adventure with the White Bear, and the mystery surrounding him and his castle. In a moment of doubt, the princess’s true love seems to be snatched away. She must now complete a journey that takes her to a land that lies east of the sun and west of the moon where she must prove herself worthy of the White Bear King.

I received this book and the accompanying CD from Barefoot Books. My children listened to it and loved the story even without the book. Once they saw the book, they fell in love with the colorful, whimsical illustrations.

Browsing through the Barefoot Books website, it appears that all their books are richly illustrated with bright colors and appealing drawings. If you’re looking for just the right book for a child this Christmas, why not check out Barefoot Books. You will find a unique selection that focuses on quality literature.

As the author, Tanya Robyn Batt, says,
“The story begins with a dream, as do many of our adventures in life, and ends as all fairy tales should, with laughter, love and happiness ever after.”

After taking a look at the Barefoot Books website, you may be interested in selling these books yourself. If so, check out their stallholder program.

Thinking about buying books for Christmas this year instead of toys from China? Me too. My kids love audio books, and I do too, since they don't require as much reading from me. Many of the books from Barefoot Books include a CD.

Here's a special offer from Barefoot Books for free shipping so you can get stared with that Christmas shopping right away. Running from November 1st through the end of the month, start shopping and then use this Special Offer Code at checkout to activate the free shipping on their orders - SCSHSH - it's that easy!


Michele said...

Thanks for the info and for stopping by my blog. I think more peole are in this situation than we think!

Lori said...

These books sound great. I'm going to have to check into them.

dunlapjessica said...

If you would like any suggestions based on age, culture or occasion - I have been bringing Barefoot Books to my community for the past two years and have read them ALL with my chidren! Please feel free to contact me at any time via my site www.growingupbarefoot.com

rosenben said...

Great review. Thankyou its also one of our favourites.

I present storytimes in Arizona (Chandler) and I sell Barefoot Books. If you ever in Arizona and want to come to one of my readings check out my website