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The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God's Gift of Purity (The Princess and the Kiss #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,571 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Bishop provides a wonderful resource for parents and a delight for children in this story of a princess who discovers the value of her first kiss and experiences God's gift of purity in a way she never dreamed.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Warner Press
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I adore this book! I picked it out for my high school graduation - my parents were surprised. I hope to someday write a book that is as moving to others as this was to me.
The story illustrates a beautiful picture of how special God's gift of purity is. I love the classical artwork, characters and ultimately the message that it proclaims. It is not your average fairytale. There is no one singing and dancing around about their "true love's kiss." No, this story is a representation of any girl who,
The goal of this children's book is to impress upon young girls ("Ages 9-12") to save their "first kiss" for the right guy, and to not give it away prematurely. The "kiss" is a very thinly veiled metaphor for virginity, and is visualized in the story as a glowing orb. The princess in the story does wait, and is rewarded.

It's worth noting that the book doesn't promise that such a guy will come. As the mother explains: "Oh, yes, my dear. I think God will bring a husband to you. But, if he does not
Saige Holcomb
I think The Princess and the Kiss was mostly about love. I like how the princess falls for a farm boy at the end. It was wise how she was thinking about the consequences of sharing her gift, the kiss. It was amazing when she found the right man with the same exact gift that God gave her when she was born.

The princess was wise about making the decision of who she will marry. She was looking at the consequences about the man’s personality and how it will affect their marriage in life. She chose th
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My favorite modern fairytale for girls. I've purchased and given away at least twenty copies with personal inscriptions.

Are you tired of the princess stories where the prince shows up, kisses the princess, and off they ride into the sunset? This book actually empowers girls to exercise more wisdom, discernment and discretion before giving her kiss away to the first handsome, arrogant, or rich prince that shows up on her doorstep. This is the kind of girl-empowerment I can embrace! My three daug
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, christian
Wonderful book for little girls! I have given several to the precious children in my life. I love the illustrations as well as the message behind the book. In the culture we live in today it is rare for people to save their affection for the one they will marry. I feel that if children learn from this book now they can save a lot of heartache in the future. The great thing about this book is that even though it described in a fairy tale it can be reality for anyone. This book also shares with ch ...more
Jill Williamson
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book to introduce the topic of romance with your child. It's important to start talking about love early with children, and tools like these are a wonderful way to do it. This book tells the story of a king and queen who kept the princess' kiss safe until she was old enough to choose who to give it to. She met many different suitors, but was wise enough to wait for one who had saved his kiss for her. Love this book!
Marti King Young
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has been a wonderful book to have on our shelves. Reading it to my duaghter as she grew gave her a sense of how valuable she was and to weigh EVERY decision carefully. I love it the artwork, the story is simply put, beautiful, and she STILL asks me to read it to her form time to time and she is SIXTEEN. This will be one I will make sure to have on every grandchild's bookshelves.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom, dad
We were introduced to this book about 3 years ago. It is great. Highly recommend to get the book that has the cd with it so the kids can play it over and over while looking at the book.
Rebekah W.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful, and introduces the virtues of purity and chastity in a child-appropriate way, while honoring the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of marriage.
Elizabeth Mundie
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Lovely "fairy tale" that highlights the beauty of purity.
Kathryn Bergeron
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Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this gem at our AZ state homeschooling convention - what a. Lessing these types of books are for my family. Biblical, Godly, purity was not something taught in our home and I have struggled to figure out how and when to start teaching and implementing these concepts with my oldest - two girls ages 6 and 5. What a wonderful story that was both relatable and age appropriate - I highly recommend!!!
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely allegory. The illustrations by Preston McDaniels are reminiscent of Mercer Mayer's style.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about purity and modesty. I used to read this a lot - it was one of my favorites!
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent lesson on purity.
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
On the fence

I'm very uncertain about how I feel about this book.

I definitely appreciate the heart behind the book, which is to give parents a tool to help them raise their daughters in purity. I give that a standing ovation. And unlike some I don't have a problem with the "kiss" and saving it. I believe most children would recognize the context as a marital one and see on Disney and stuff that you kiss and marry. Kids don't need more info than that - no matter what public schools think - until t
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young women
Shelves: read-in-2013
I quickly read this book when I stopped into a local Christian bookstore the other day, and I'm so glad I took the time to peruse it. This delightful story is about a young princess who was given the gift of her first kiss by her parents when she became old enough to truly understand its weight and importance. After examining and refusing many rich, handsome, and romantic suitors whom she recognized to be unwise choices, she begins to grow discouraged and wonders if there will ever be a gentlema ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-04-08
"In a wonderful castle, on a mountain of splendor, a beautiful princess was born." Her parents welcome her joyfully, and give her a precious treasure, keeping it for her until her maturity. When she becomes a young woman they take her to the tall tower where the special gift is kept, and present her with... her first kiss. She guards it carefully, examining and questioning the many princes who come to ask for it, and finding each one unworthy. She eventually begins to wonder if any man will be f ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
The book and its message about saving ones first kiss and how important it is to wait for your "prince". The part were the author makes it clear that to her "God loves girls who wait" this was very influential in my early pre teen self, which is when my mother had me read this book. Right around the time I read this book was when I was trying to figure out how to tell my mother I had been molested. But this book made it clear that no one would ever love me, especially not God. I spent the next d ...more
Maria Jo
"Bishop provides a wonderful resource for parents and a delight for children in this story of a princess who discovers the value of her first kiss and experiences God's gift of purity in a way she never dreamed."

5/5 Stars

This is a wonderful book to use to begin to teach girls about respecting their bodies and their sexuality. The book has beautiful illustrations that complement the wonderful story. The princess turns away many suitors who offer her lavish gifts, but pay no attention to her, but
Kelsea Breedlove
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Princess and the Kiss, is a story told about a young girl who saves her first kiss for the man the Lord has planned for her. It based off of the Christian beliefs in purity before marriage and saving yourself for the one the Lord has for you. The story is told in a very engaging and detailed outline of what it looks like to wait for that special someone. Event though this story is a great book to use in homes where Christianity is their religious practice, I do not think that this story coul ...more
Lindsey Feldpausch
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book 7 years ago on a radio program. I made a mental note to myself that one day I would read it to my daughter. Fast forward 7 years... I tracked this book down at a library outside of my county. Now, I have three little girls with whom I can share the book. I just finished reading it to them. I was enraptured by this book. Three quarters of the way through, I broke out into an overwhelmed sob. The author and illustrator truly conveyed the beauty of purity. What a marvelous j ...more
Taylor Hainley
The book "The Princess and the Kiss" was a great book about the Christian religion. This book was about how how we all have something that God gives us to make us all special. In this book they use a "kiss" as a way to show how we need to stay pure until marriage is the way I took the meaning of this book to be. I would not read this book in my classroom because not everyone in my classroom believe in the same faith, however I think this book would be a good book to have in my classroom library. ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: princess
This book, for preschoolers and early grade schoolers, speaks about temptations and how to stay on safe ground. I like the comparisons between the squire's home training and preparing our own hearts for various troubles, and the comparison between following the scroll for safe passage, and following the Bible. I actually like this book better, written for boys, than the counterpart written for girls, "The Princess and the Kiss." In both books, Jeannie Bishop has done an excellent job explaining ...more
Luisa Knight
A delightful fairy tale with beautiful meaning - your kiss is a special treasure, so value it and hold it jealously until the one comes along who you'll marry. A good and easy way to plant the first seeds of purity at an early age.

Ages 5+

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Leah Good
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Once upon a time there lived a beautiful princess with a precious treasure...her first kiss. As suitors begin to call, the princess searches for a man who will appreciate her kiss, but all seem too caught up in themselves. Until a poor young farmer comes to the castle and offers her his own first kiss.

I L-O-V-E this story. My father purchased it for me at a homeschool conference several years ago and we still read it together. Thanks to the wise princess in this book (as well as wisdom found in
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-350
This book is about a princess who receives her first kiss from God when she is born. She keeps it safe and plans to only give it to the man that she marries. Many princes come to ask her hand in marriage, but the princess thinks that none of them will treasure her first kiss. Until one day...

I loved this book. It gives an accurate description of how kisses should be guarded and given only to the one you love.

I dont think it would be appropriate for me to read this to my class, but I would defin
Brittney Dermo
In this book, a king and queen present their daughter with a beautiful gift from God, her first kiss, and the princess turns away a series of suitors before encountering the one who is worthy of receiving such a precious gift from her. I would not use this book in my classroom necessarily, but i would use it for students that are raised in a Christian home. I think this was a great book for young girls.
Scott Hayden
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, read-aloud
I want to embed this story my daughters' hearts to counteract the shallow stories that peers & media will whisper in their ears. It's fairy tale quality keeps the message safe enough for little hearts, not giving them more information than they really need, but sowing seed for fuller understanding as they grow.

It carries three essential messages.
1. Your purity is a precious treasure.
2. Save your purity for the one God will send.
3. Don't be taken in by suitors who lure by lesser values.
This was such a sweet beautiful story, and even though a grown young woman when I read it the first time, it was such a blessing and encouragement to me (still is!) in waiting for God's choice for me in marriage and in purity before marriage. :D Like the King, God loves me so much that He wants me to save my special gift of my first kiss for the one He's picked out for me...or to keep and treasure all my life. :)
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