I Don't Want to Wash my Hands (Little Princess) by Tony Ross

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I Don't Want to Wash my Hands (Little Princess) by Tony Ross

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Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jo Heffer
Reviewed by Jo Heffer
Summary: Everyone knows that it's very important to wash dirty hands. Everyone that is apart from the Little Princess who thinks that washing hands is a waste of time. It's only when she finds out why she needs to, that she decides that perhaps hand washing is a good idea after all. Not only is this book very funny but it's also extremely helpful in encouraging little ones to wash their own hands.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: May 2012
Publisher: Andersen
ISBN: 9781849393997

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The Little Princess is always getting her hands dirty whether it's by playing in the palace garden, stroking Scruff, the dog or going on her potty. Whenever she does any of these, there's always someone there to tell her to wash her hands. Now, as the Little Princess never likes being told what to do, she does not take kindly to this hand washing business and she demands to know why. However, when the level-headed maid, who never puts up with any of her nonsense, tells her about all the germs and nasties and horrible things that could make her ill, she is soon found rushing to the hand basin at every opportunity. Not only that, she starts insisting that everyone else always washes their hands too.

This is a fabulous book in many ways. First and foremost, this is another great story featuring that much loved character, the Little Princess. Strong willed and forthright in what she says, she never fails to entertain and to amuse my daughters who must be some of her biggest fans. We love all of her interactions with her parents and the palace staff and how, more often than not, she seems to get her own way and have the last word.

The language used is quite straightforward and there are not too many words on any one page. In fact the words tend to play second fiddle to Tony Ross's fabulous illustrations as it is these that tell the real story of what is going on. My daughters seem to love the fact that some of the pictures are really quite gross with the Little Princess spluttering all over the place causing some really gruesome looking germs and nasties to land in her food and to float through the air. For fans of the Little Princess books, the style of illustration is very familiar with the Little Princess looking as boggle eyed and as scraggy as ever. For readers who are not familiar with this character, she is definitely not your typical golden haired beautiful princess. She is, in fact, a pretty unique character that children will absolutely love I'm sure.

I also really like this book because it does send out a strong message to small children about the importance of washing their hands and it does so in a very humorous way. I am sure that young readers will really remember the Little Princess's anguished response to the prospect of all those horrible nasties and germs in her food and I think that this will have much more impact than just constantly nagging them to wash hands. It certainly does not leave any doubt that washing hands after certain activities is really essential.

Overall, this is a wonderful book for Little Princess fans everywhere.

Why not take a look at some more LIttle Princess stories - I Want my Tooth or I Want a Sister

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