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A loving king and queen present their daughter with a gift from God---her first kiss---to keep or give away. The wise girl waits for the man who is worthy of her precious gift. But where is he and how will she ever find him? A marvelous, beautifully illustrated parable for children and parents. 32 pages, hardcover from Warner.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 11.02" Height: 0.37"
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 8, 2000
Publisher Warner Press
Availability 0 units.
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|A great way to introduce young girls to purity May 11, 2010|
|I received this book from my godparents when I was young, and I still love reading it, though I am now in my teens. The illustrations are gorgeous, and I totally agree with whoever it was that said that this is a great book for teens. When I was younger, I didn't fully appreciate it, but now I feel that I can.|
I have always loved how she searches through all of the princes, but realizes that none of them will treasure her most precious gift - her first kiss. Then she meets the farm boy, who has an equally precious gift to give her - his first kiss.
|Great for a new teen Apr 14, 2010|
|Very well written and the pictures are beautiful. Just right for your "princess" to read.|
|Wonderful BookAs the mother to 9, finding good books is very important to me. We loved this book and will recommend it to everyo Mar 12, 2010|
|As the mother to 9, finding good books is very important to me. We loved this book and will recommend it to everyone we know!|
|Nice Story that Misses the Point Jan 26, 2010|
|This book was recommended to me by a couple of lady friends whom I deeply love and respect so I was very sad to see how far short it fell of expectations.|
The story, intended for girls age 4-8, is typical of children's fairy tale direct toward girls. It begins with the birth of the beautiful baby princess to the good King and Queen. In their love they gave her a special gift from God, her first kiss. When the princess comes of age, the King and Queen tell her about this special gift that she can give to any man she chooses. They warn her to be careful who she chooses and to save it for the man she marries. After she turns down several unsuitable :-) suitors, caricatures of men of poor character, she is is visited by a humble farm boy who has nothing to give but his own special kiss which he has saved for her.
I will say that the story contains a nice idea of a man and woman saving their special "gifts" for one another. While the purpose of the story is a good one, it falls short of encouraging girls to respect and cherish their purity and paints a mildly insulting picture of girls altogether.
The first mistake was the use of "Kiss" as a metaphor for purity. A kiss is not metaphorical enough, in this context, and can easily be taken literally. Even if you explain that the book is talking about purity, it can impress upon a little girl a legalistic, puritanical fear that if she kisses a boy she has lost her purity.
Secondly, the suitors are poor and overly simplified representations of real men the reader may encounter one day. We do a disservice to our children when we teach them that bad men look bad all the time and good men look good. Good husbands are sometimes (often!) strong, romantic, and rich and bad husbands often appear humble. Oversimplifying to young people teaches them to stereotype and leaves them vulnerable when their stereotypes fall apart.
A third and more disappointing mistake is the way the princess is portrayed in the book. She really does nothing throughout the book but stare in awe at her "kiss" and wait for an acceptable suitor to come to the door. Her primary concern as she considers her suitors is how much they will value her "kiss." The reverence placed on the "Kiss" is nearly idolic, eclipsing (or perhaps representing) the value of the princess herself. All she has to offer the world and her suitors is the fact that she has not given her kiss away, and all her husband offers her is the fact that he hasn't given his away. Christians should be especially careful about placing too much value on NOT doing something, this has a nasty tendency to turn into legalism. We ought to remind ourselves and teach our children that God cares more for what we have done rather than what we have not done.
Even Christian girls are getting tired of reading stories about heroines that are solely concerned with getting a husband. It is neither biblical nor healthy and we ought to stop teaching our daughters that the greatest thing they can achieve is keep themselves pure for a man. The greatest thing a woman or a man can do is keep themselves entirely pure for God (so where is "The Prince and the Kiss?"). This goes much deeper and is much richer than sexual purity. "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this...to keep oneself unspotted from the world," James 1:27.
I do not wish to downplay the importance of sexual purity. But the reason we ladies keep ourselves pure is not so one day a man will marvel at our "diamond sparkly" purity and decide to marry us. Rather we keep ourselves holy to honor God, to save ourselves the heartache of wasted purity, and to deepen the relationship we will one day have with our partner. Purity has little to do with a girls relationship with her future husband and everything to do with her relationship with her heavenly father. It is from her status as His precious child that a girl derives her purity, her strength, and her purpose.
Again, I appreciate the purpose of the book and I recognize that this story was not intended to encompassed the full purpose of a woman. Still I found it thin, weak, and sadly typical.
|Do Not Give to Children!!! Nov 29, 2009|
|It doesn't take a genius to realize what "kiss" they are talking about. I recieved this as a free gift from a Catholic gift website. I'm 31 and I was somewhat disturbed by this propaganda hidden in a little girls book. Teach your girls to love themselves and grow up smart and confident and they will have all they need to make that decision when it comes. Research has taught me that "virgin" really means owned by no man. This book is basically telling little girls to allow their husbands to own them. I much rather be my own greatest possesion.|
Long/Short: get an age appropriate sex ed book instead.
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