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Mama and Papa call their little Principessa bambina Bina, and Papa takes her picture every day. "Smile, Bina!" he says.
Snap! Snap! Snap!
Thousands of pictures!
Then bambino Pasquale — Bino — is born, and everything changes. Papa doesn't take pictures of Bina anymore; now he only seems to care about making Bino smile! Pooey!
How Principessa gets her smile back is the heart of this charming story that is perfect for little ones and their new siblings.
"This familiar tale focuses on the child whose place has been usurped by the arrival of a baby brother. The camera-happy parents document each child's first days of life, as indicated by Enderle and Gordon's (Hide and Seek Turkeys) repetitious text: 'Papa took smiling pictures, crying pictures, eating pictures, sleeping pictures.' Curmi's witty illustrations provide some of the story's most memorable moments, from infant Principessa hold the tail of a displeased cat, to the dazed expression of little Bino. When those snapshots of Principessa suddenly decrease in favor of the more endearing younger brother, young readers may empathize with her retreat into the safe haven of her closet. Her parents' best efforts can't cajole her from the depths of her closet-and her foul mood. Rather, it's the presence of her new brother, eager to imitate his big sister, that reminds Principessa she too is loved. While this is an oft-told lesson, Curmi's smudgy pastel palette and expressive pencil lines, which ably capture a spectrum of childhood emotions, lend genuine resonance. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Mama and Papa call their little < I> Principessa bambina< /i> Bina, and Papa takes her picture every day. "Smile, Bina!" he says.< P> < P> < I> Snap! Snap! Snap!< /i> < P> Thousands of pictures! < P> < P> Then < I> bambino Pasquale< /i> — Bino — is born, and everything changes. Papa doesn't take pictures of Bina anymore; now he only seems to care about making Bino smile! < I> Pooey!< /i> < P> < P> How Principessa gets her smile back is the heart of this charming story that is perfect for little ones and their new siblings.< P> < P>
About the Author
Serena Curmi was born in England and grew up on a sailboat, traveling with her family around parts of the United States, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. She entertained herself on the boat by painting and drawing, which gave her the grounding to become an artist. Later she earned a degree in illustration from the Falmouth College of Arts in Cornwall, England. She currently resides in London.
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