HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early
Author: Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Claudia Marie Lenart
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2017
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 4 – 6
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kats, Jewel. Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early (published in 2017 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). What happens when a baby is born too early? The King and Queen of Puppy Kingdom are expecting a baby, their very first child. And he is the only puppy in his mommy’s tummy. Everyone is joyfully awaiting the arrival of their new Prince. However, the royal couple and their entire kingdom are thrown into upheaval when it is learned that Prince Puppy will arrive prematurely, before his important crown is completed. How can they call him Prince without a crown? What can the King do to solve this problem? And will the Prince even survive?
Premature births are all too common and, when they occur, can be confusing for a young child. Prince Preemie, with its fairy tale atmosphere and the adorable, dreamy drawings of dogs created from wool by illustrator Claudia Marie Lenart, is a wonderful story that offers an excellent way to start conversations on the subject. This feel good book will resonate with all who have experienced or are currently dealing with a premature birth in some capacity, whether parents, siblings, other relatives and friends, or even preemie children themselves who may later have questions about their early birth, and leave them feeling hopeful.
Author Jewel Kats, who suffered serious injuries to her legs in a car accident at nine years of age resulting in limited use and functionality, wrote a number of children’s books for Loving Healing Press, around a dozen in all, many of which I have reviewed in times past. These included Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse (2010), Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale (2011), What Do You Use to Help Your Body?: Maggie Explores the World of Disabilities (2011), Teddy Bear Princess: A Story About Sharing and Caring (2012), DitzAbled Princess: A Comical Diary Inspired by Real Life (2013), The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Tale (2013), Snow White’s Seven Patches: A Vitiligo Fairy Tale (2013), and The Princess Panda Tea Party: A Cerebral Palsy Fairy Tale (2014). All of these also deal in some way or another with various kinds of disabilities and other special needs. In addition, she did two other books with Claudia Marie Lenart, Jenny and Her Dog Both Fight Cancer: A Tale of Chemotherapy and Caring, and Hansel and Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist. Jewel, whose real name was Michelle Meera Katyal, passed away in 2016 as the result of complications of surgery.