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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Little Princess Lola lived in a land where everyone had a smile on their faces in the story The Princess of Tears: Growing Up Princess Picture Book Series 1 by Reesa Grace. Lola always cried and had streams of tears flowing down from the day she was born. Her only friend was Soggy, the giant cat. Lola’s mother told her she could not be a good princess if she cried but then Lola was unhappy because nobody wanted to play with her. One night the princess was so sad that tears fell from her eyes like two waterfalls and the palace and the kingdom were completely submerged under her tears. She swam away with Soggy and when the sun came up she saw many new creatures. Lola wanted to know if anyone knew how to stop her tears. She asked the whale, the rainbow, a cloud, the mountain, and the rabbits but no one seemed to have an answer.
This story is about finding your self-worth, being courageous and independent, and friendship. The illustrations are whimsical like the story and it also teaches children about the importance of self-acceptance and coping with the differences that make each one of us different and unique. The concept and the messages in the story make it an ideal book for read aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms. The problems faced by the little princess will be relatable to many children and Lola’s story will give them the confidence to accept themselves for what they are. The story will help young readers find their place in this world and be happy with it.