Emma is a young girl who adores the idea that an actress could become a royal and aspires to do the same. Being a royal is easy, right? Surely you just instruct people what to do and behave in a superior manner to your subordinates. When Emma scores the part of Anne Boleyn in her school play she puts this theory to the test. However, her family and classmates do not appreciate her behaving ‘in character’ and through a series of letters to Princess Meghan, Emma becomes to appreciate that kindness, teamwork and humility are important in order to be liked by others.
Older readers may be inspired to find out more about Anne Boleyn, whereas younger readers may skim over this aspect of the story and think more about the friendship issues raised. All will certainly appreciate that Emma was unable to achieve what she wanted whilst behaving in the demanding manner she was, and are likely to enjoy the gentle humour throughout.
Although a picture book with colourful illustrations, it is more likely to be enjoyed by slightly older readers in discussion with an adult, rather than younger picture book readers.
Title: Dear Princess Meghan
Author: Sophie Siers
Illustrator: Katie Wilson
Publisher: Millwood Press
Date of Publication: November 2019
Reviewer: Nadine Molloy, Assistant Librarian, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
Opening sentence: Dear Princess Meghan, My sisters and I watched your royal wedding on TV yesterday.
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