This is a book that Fifi spotted at the checkout of our local Christian homeschool bookstore. What a great find! I'm so blessed that Fifi has the presence of mind to recognize a blessing when it's right in front of me, but I'm too frazzled to see it myself.
This book unapologetically promotes the conviction that purity is important; that those who profess Christ are to be chaste until that day when you covenant with your spouse. And it supports the courtship model, though isn't crystal clear about that until almost the end.
Mrs. Bishop has girls. It's very clear in the little details of this royal-themed tale. In it, the God-gifted "first kiss" of the Princess is bestowed at birth, protected by her parents during childhood and then entrusted to the Princess when she comes of age. While she is assured that the "kiss" (represented as a ball of light kept under glass) is her's to keep or give away as she chooses, she is counseled by the King and Queen to hold it dear, award it only to her future husband and not squander it to a stranger.
Then a procession of prospective suitors visits with the Princess. Each represents one of the knee-buckling, swoon-worthy, fleshly temptations of intrigue and desire that blind so many women as they make the most important decision of their lives, that lasts them for the rest of their lives. When the "right" one comes along, he first humbly seeks the permission of the King and Queen to meet their Princess -- I like that. It's biblical. We see that model exercised in the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah, and then Jacob to Rachel -- parents' permission before the bride-to-be's right of refusal.
This book is beautifully illustrated, full of virtue, wise in counsel and clever in its delivery toward understanding amongst even the youngest girls. I look forward to purchasing some of Bishop's other titles.
I give this book a grade of "A."