When a tough, strong princess combines in an easy to read format, we’ve got a new one for our collection of the best books for beginning readers! If your kids are beginning to read easy chapter books independently, you’ll love Princess Cora and the Crocodile!
A brave princess who wants to climb trees, get dirty, and have a wild adventure? Yes please! If that sounds like a story line your kids will devour, look no further than Princess Cora and the Crocodile, a joyful beginning chapter book written by Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schultz and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca (talk about a dream team!) Humor and heart, coupled with great illustrations and a large, easy to read font, make this one of the best books for beginning readers, and we’ve also included it in our list of favorite easy chapter books – its a double whammy! This is one that I can’t wait to start circulating come September, as I have no doubt my students will adore it.
Princess Cora is bored, bored, bored. She is sick of her boring lessons, running in circles around a stuffy gym, and taking three (THREE!) baths a day. But what else can she do as the heir to the throne? Apparently, a lot — with the help of a godmother, a crocodile, and a whole bunch of freedom.
At a time when many of our kids are overworked and over-scheduled, Princesss Cora and the Crocodile celebrates the power and importance of play for kids– no matter how grand their destiny. Alternating between Cora’s outdoor adventure and the crocodile’s shenanigans at the castle, emerging readers will delight in the humor of Schlitz’s prose, which is made even more entertaining by Floca’s witty illustrations. But don’t be fooled by the giggles alone- the story packs a big punch as the bravery Cora musters to seek out some independence eventually allows her to speak out- and make her own choices. A must for those of you with emerging readers at home!
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