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Illustrated by Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Carmela Coyle: balloon

Named one of the Ten Best Books for Kids by the National Association of Self Esteem!

At the heart of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? lives an energetic and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mom. Do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, or have to eat the crusts of their bread? The mother's voice is timelessly reassuring as she advises her daughter that being like a princess has to do with what we are on the inside. This book offers a gentle lesson about self-acceptance, and will inspire children to leave their own mark on the world. Yes, yes, yes! The answer is yes.

Read the interview that explains why little girls are so ready for the "hiking boot princess."
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Rising Moon Books, Hardcover Picture Book (ages 3-8), February 2003, ISBN: 978-0873588287

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

Bookworm Princesses Party. Yes, there were plenty of hiking boots.


"Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? is truly a gift from the author and illustrators to the world of little girls..."
   —Bookieboo (read the full review)

"Humorous illustrations add charm, and for parents who have princesses of their own, the refreshing perspective on acceptable princess behavior is a godsend."
   —Bloomsbury Review

"Whimsical color illustrations by Mike Gordon add a special vibrancy to this delightful and recommended 'easy reader' tale by Carmela LaVigna Coyle"
   —Midwest Book Review

"The illustrations are colorful, sassy and delightful. Children will be drawn to them and want to continue to turn the pages. Coyle has written a book that children will want to read again and again."
   —Armchair Interviews

"I think (the book) has an important message for all little girls. The book is sweetly written with simple rhymes in a question-and-answer style. The illustrations do a wonderful job of capturing the little girl's activities and moods."
   —Macaroni Kid (read the full review)

"A fitting and perfect ending to a winning tale. Highly recommended..."
   —Education Oasis (read the full review)