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Princess Justina Albertina

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 0 pages; Description: 1 v. (unpaged) p. : col. illus. ; 29 cm. Subjects: Pets --Fiction. Princesses --Fiction. Behavior --Fiction. Summary: A spoiled, demanding young ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 01, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
So, this book does call itself a cautionary tale, but I don't know if we're cautioning about the right thing.

Yeah, Justina is spoiled, but the nanny is wrong for indulging her. Neither problem really gets discussed. It's never spoken about how spoiling a kid is wrong or how throwing fits and mistreating pets is wrong.

The ending is abrupt and sort of shocking, and it combined with the fact that we're not really given any resolution on these problems means that I think it might leave kids feeling
Oct 04, 2016 Cassie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a great story to use in story telling! Has an intriguing story line and the illustrations definitely catch the readers eye.
Jul 17, 2013 Alta rated it it was amazing
Princess Justina Albertina by Ellen Dee Davidson is a funny story about a princess whose nanny gets her whatever she wants because when Princess Justina Albertina doesn't get what she wants, she throws terrible temper tantrums. In this book, the princess decides that she wants a pet, and when the nanny tries to fulfill the princess's wishes, frustration and hilarity ensues. My students and I loved this book on a surface level because it had whimsical and imaginary animals like two headed dogs ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Kari rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-bks-642
Davidson, E., D., (2007). Princess Justina Albertina. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Books.

School Library Journal 2007

Tumble Books

A very, rude, spoiled Princess Justina Albertina, who is always used to getting her way, demands her nanny to find the perfect pet. Her tireless, faithful nanny travels high and low to find a pet that will perfectly suit her princess, however, none of the animals fit the princess's liking. This book can be used as an introduction for a creative writing project for gra
Brittaney Reed
Feb 10, 2014 Brittaney Reed rated it liked it
Davidson, E.D.(2007). Princess justina albertina. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.

The book "Princess Justina Albertina" by Ellen Dee Davidson and illustrated by Michael Chesworth is a funny story about a spoiled princess who wants a new pet. Justina has her nanny search far and wide, all over the world, for a new pet because every pet she brings back Justina finds something wrong with it. After the nanny brings her pets from a two-headed dog to a unicorn, Justina still isn't satisfied and the nanny
Stephanie Rudzki
Feb 22, 2014 Stephanie Rudzki rated it really liked it
Princess Justina Albertina was not an easy princess to live with. If she did not get her way, she would fuss and moan and have a huge temper tantrum. She would give her poor nanny a headache on a regular basis with these yelling spells. The Princess wanted a pet but every pet the nanny would bring home was not good enough for her. She wanted one that could fly, was smart, could talk and the list goes on and on. Towards the end the nanny and all of the pets that she had gotten for the princess ...more
Julie Kleehammer
Dec 10, 2014 Julie Kleehammer rated it it was ok
This is our second borrowing of this book from the library. The first time, I quite liked it and would sometimes tease my daughter that she was being like Princess Justina Albertina (poor child). This time around I feel a bit concerned that the unfortunate Princess has copped the lot, she's been badly bought up, so can't cope with 'no', and then on top of that she is physically unattractive. I feel annoyed that the book really made her ugly inside and out, almost like there's a connection. Is it ...more
Nicholas Linsk
Mar 05, 2014 Nicholas Linsk rated it it was ok
This book is about a very rude, cold princess who is extremely demanding, and is in search of the perfect pet. The nanny who serves the princess goes through great depths to please the princess finding all the pets she asks for. End the end of the book, the princess finally gets what she deserves and is eaten up because no one can stand her demands. The illustrations in the book seem to be done with water colors. They are simply done compared to all the other books that I have read. The frames ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Kat rated it liked it
This book is about a spoiled brat princess who makes her nanny seek the world over for the perfect pet as each one she brings is not strong enough, brave enough, clever enough, etc. The ultimate pet then gives the princess what she deserves.

The illustrations are quite nice.

The book itself may be a nice starting point for a discussion of greed, whining, or gratitude, but the book itself does not directly address these issues. Instead the resolution is not learning/growth, but more revenge/sache
Mandy J. Hoffman
Apr 07, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-books

Princess Justina Albertina - which by the way is a fun name to read over and over - is a spoiled princess who throws a fit if she doesn't get her way. She wants a pet and makes her nanny keep searching for the right one until the end of the book when the last pet eats Princes Justina Albertina.

Quite honestly this book is silly and empty. There is no talk about how the fit-throwing-princess is wrong to throw fits, and the ending is quite abrupt and a little scary to some.

You be the jud
I just loved this book. I could think of a few little girls I wanted to read it to right away because they act like this when they don't get their way! This shows little girls that is they act spoiled and treat others in a way that they would not want to be treated in then something bad can happen! And your children can guess to see what!
A Cautionary Tale is right! But I laughed my way through this and definitely want to share with the preschool kids.

7/9/14 They liked the story as it went along. I saw some surprised faces at the end however. I could tell they weren't sure how to react or feel. But I threw in the "so let's be grateful and not so greedy and whiny" line so they weren't left going "what?"
Mar 21, 2016 Relyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers and kids
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at the library
This book is funny, and kids will connect with it and enjoy it. Kids love books about pets, the more exotic the better. And, kids really love stories about a spoiled so-and-so getting their comeuppance. This is sure to be a hit.
Sheri Radford
May 01, 2016 Sheri Radford rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
All of the horrible princess's demands are met, and she is given pet after pet that she rejects for one silly reason after another, until the final pet eats her. What the heck was the point of this book?
Jun 06, 2011 Tammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Cautionary is right -- *SPOILER ALERT* bratty Princess Justina gets her just desserts when 'the best pet ever' has her for lunch!! Not sure the pre-school crowd would think it's funny, but it certainly made me laugh out loud!
Dec 04, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Here's one princess that can throw a temper tantrum, and one pet that will make sure she regrets it. :)
Mrs. Van
May 14, 2012 Mrs. Van rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I read this fantasy book at Tumblebooks. A desperate nanny travels the earth to find the perfect pet for the princess.
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It was a cute book. It would have been nice to see that they fixed her attitude though.
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Ellen Dee Davidson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators who studied at the University of Santa Cruz, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Institute of Children's Literature. Her experience as a teacher adds insight and empathy to her books for young adults.

Ellen currently gives "Transformational Writing" classes to adults, a technique which uses guid
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