Princesses Are Not Quitters

Written by: Kate Lum

Illustrated by: Sue Hellard

Before Reading

Preview and Predict

Being a princesses isn't all that it's cracked up to be. At least, that's what Princesses Allie, Mellie, and Libby think. They are tired of just sitting around with nothing to do, but when they see the servants walk by doing chores, they get the idea to switch places for the day, and learn the value of a hard day's work. Talk to your child about the title, the cover and the other illustrations throughout the story. Consider questions like:

What do you see on the cover?

What do you think this story will be about?

{Flip to an illustration} What do you think the princesses are doing in this picture? What makes you think that?


Activate Prior Knowledge

Talk to your child about other stories that s/he has heard or read about princesses. Ask, "What do princesses usually do in those stories? Do you think it would be fun to be a princess? Why/why not? Do you think these princesses will be different or the same as the ones you have read about?

As You Read

Build Vocabulary

Make your reading dynamic by placing a slight emphasis on the words in all caps. Encourage your child to stop when s/he gets to a new word in the story. See if s/he can discover its meaning by using the illustrations and words surrounding it. Examples of new words from Princesses Are Not Quitters include:

  2. KNEAD

On subsequent readings, have a more in-depth discussion about some of the words that your child is seeing and talk about the sounds that make them up. Say things like, "_______ starts with the ___ sound. What's another word that starts with the ___ sound? What are some words that rhyme with ____?"


Monitor Comprehension

Check in throughout the story to ensure that your child is following the storyline with simple questions like, "What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that? Do you think the princesses will quit now? Why/why not? How do you think the princesses are feeling right now? Why are they feeling that way? Have you ever tried (insert chore that the princesses are performing on that page)? Do you have any chores that you have to do daily? If so, what are they?"


After Reading

Make Connections

Help your child look at the story as a whole once you've completed your read-through by asking/discussing questions like: 

Did you like that story? Why/why not? What was your favorite part?

Why did the princesses want to change places with the servants in the first place?

Do you think they knew how hard it would be? 

Why didn't they quit? Have you ever wanted to quit something before? Did you? Why/why not?

What do you like to do?  Do you work hard at it?

Do you think the servants and princesses were happy at the end of the story? Why?


Extending the Story

Build a Marshmallow and Toothpick Castle!

Inspired by: Fun Projects For Preschoolers


Princesses Allie, Mellie, and Libby worked incredibly to get all of the chores done around their massive castle. Let your child create his/her very own castle out of marshmallows and toothpicks! If your child wants to start of small, make simple figures and shapes out and then work your way up to a building structure. The best part about this activity is that there is no right way to build a castle so let your child's imagination go wild! Once your child has finished the castle, you can recreate the story with dolls and supplies from around your house. Designate parts of the castle as the kitchen, bedrooms, etc.