In Mona Hodgson's The Princess Twins Play in the Garden, which is another book in the "I Can Read" Beginning Level 1 series, twins Abby and Emma decide to invite two neighboring girls to their garden for a play date. Emma believes that a princess should always look pretty and dignified, so she refuses to join in the activities the other three girls delight in. The threesome builds sand castles, rides a pony, runs up and down a hill, and plays soccer. Emma only watches and sips the tea from the tea party she had organized for the visitors.
Suddenly, a muddy soccer ball hits Emma and stains her fancy pink dress. She screams at the visiting little girl who kicked the ball, and the little girl cries. Emma realizes she has hurt the girl's feelings, so she apologizes and then joins in with the three other girls in playing games. At the end of the day, they are all friends who will enjoy getting together on some other day.
The book begins by quoting I Samuel 16:7, "People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." The pastel colors of the artwork by Red Hansen are not bold, but the scenes reflect natural activities of young girls at play. The book teaches a good lesson about genuine beauty. Children will not have trouble understanding the message of the story. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
A lesson in the importance of inner beauty. Emma and Abby have a play date with their neighbors. Emma wants to have a gentle tea party so she can stay looking pretty, but Abby wants to play and have fun. What will Emma do when her friend kicks a dirty ball onto her pretty dress? This level-one story teaches girls what it means to be a princess for the true King.