How to Be God’s Little Princess, Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

I was never much of a princess as a little girl. I wasn’t quite a tomboy, but I didn’t really care for frilly or pink. My daughter, on the other hand, has loved all things girly since birth. While she can get dirty and play hard, she prefers to do it while wearing a pretty dress and jewelry. I enjoy watching this aspect of her personality with some amazement (because I know it didn’t come from me), and I am sure she sometimes wonders how she ended up with such a plain mom. And while I don’t mind at all that she enjoys fancy things, I want her to understand that true beauty comes from the inside.

In her new book, Sheila Walsh writes to young girls about being God’s princess. How to Be God’s Little Princess: Royal Tips on Manners and Etiquette for Girls encourages young girls to explore topics such as wardrobe, poise, friendships, manners at mealtimes and parties, phone and internet etiquette, and many more. The book includes crafts, quizzes, role playing activities, and other fun interactive lessons, as well as many Bible verses. My six-year-old girl couldn’t wait to read this book, and I am looking forward to discussing some of the topics with her.

What I like most about this book is that it goes much deeper than polite behavior. While I do want my daughter to have proper behavior, my greatest desire is that her actions will reflect what is in her heart. How to Be God’s Little Princess helps young girls to understand that good manners are important because God wants us to treat others with kindness, love, and respect and to live in a way that shows God’s love to others. I appreciate that this book is not just a list of good social behaviors, but more of a way to live for God in everyday situations.

In our world today, it often seems that manners are disappearing. While I am not so concerned with my daughter learning about which knife to use first at dinner, I do want her to understand the importance of serving others with a willing spirit and living a life that is pleasing to God. How to Be God’s Little Princess is a great resource, and I recommend it to you.

We have one copy of this book to giveaway, along with a pink drawstring bag filled with a crown craft activity and some princess mugs. If you would like to win the book and gift bag, please leave a comment on this post (U.S. shipping addresses only) We’ll announce the winner in our books column here on May 9.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Lauren — a wife, mother of one prince and one princess, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.



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1 Jacqueline Mukweto April 25, 2011 at 12:18 am

I would love to win this for my girls. They are all about the girly girl stuff.

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2 Cat Davis April 25, 2011 at 1:01 am

I think this is something my two little princesses would love. Thank you for the chance to win!

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3 Krissa April 25, 2011 at 1:29 am

I have a little princess that would love this!

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4 Rikki April 25, 2011 at 7:36 am

My little girl seems to be the same way as yours……She is all about dresses and pink and if her hair isnt perfect, well you can not get her out of the house! Oh the drama that comes with being a princess! Thanks for posting!

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5 Paula April 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

I would love this for my daughter who has asked me a time or two to teach her manners.

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6 Kathryn April 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

Your daughter sounds like my granddaughter.. I would love to have this to share with her.
Thank you for all you bring to our attention. Blessings

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7 Vilmarys April 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

I would love to share this with my daughter who behaves like a little princess. Great idea for a giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity!

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8 HappyMomC April 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

I would love to win this for my niece!

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9 MaryBeth April 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

I was thinking of doing some “princess lessons” with my four girls this summer… sounds like this book would help immensely.

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10 Suzanne R. April 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

I would love to win for my little fru-fru princess. She’s all about the tutus and bows. (Bonus: my birthday is May 9th!)

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11 Kristie April 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

My daughter would really enjoy this! She’s already played at being a princess today! :-)

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12 Hillary--Mrs. Einstein April 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

I would love this for my little girls! They are SO into princesses!

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13 Elizabeth April 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

what a wonderful resource and a fun idea for little girls! i’d love to win it for my little pincess.

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14 nan April 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm

would love this for my niece
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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15 Debby April 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

My granddaughters are certainly Girly Girls. Their mother was just the opposite! I finally get to buy all of the cute girly clothes. They would love this and it would also be a great tool to teach from.

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16 Ali April 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

My two girls would certainly love this. I would love to have a book helping me to teach them too. What a great gift!

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17 Joliene D April 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Fantastic! I’m always on the lookout for great books involving Heavenly Father for my girls! This looks perfect, thanks for the tip!!

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18 welcome to our wonderland April 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

my little sprite would love this she loves Sheila Walsh’s books and every thing and anything princess and pink!

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19 Julia April 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

My 5-year-old would adore this!

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20 Liz V. April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Just had visit from great-nieces, reminding me that the 21st century is so different from mine. Would love this for them.

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21 Amy's blah, blah, blogging April 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

My daughter just loves the Gigi movies, I’m sure she’d love this!

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22 Colleen April 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

My granddaughter loved her first “Princess” book and I know she would love this one / with goodies.

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23 Amy Brewer
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April 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm

My daughter would love this. Thanks so much…

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24 Alison S. April 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I’ve heard excellent things about this book. (And the boys version, too.)

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25 vickie couturier April 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

my grandaughters woud love this,thanks for the chance
vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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26 Lisa Kats April 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm

My daughter can be such a tomboy but she loves the color pink!! Would love to win this book for her!

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27 Jessica T April 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

This is sooooo up our alley!

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28 Junglewife April 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I would love to win this! My little girls are SO into the princesses (especially my 3-year-old) and I would LOVE to direct her passion to God!

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29 darthchrista April 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm

This would be perfect for our little girl. She has started saying, I’m a princess, and we respond with, “Yes, you are God’s little princess.” This guide will help us put legs to our words.

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30 Ami Jordan April 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I have 2 little princesses that would love this book!!

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31 tennille April 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

i know a little girl who would love this

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32 Linda Kish April 26, 2011 at 12:24 am

My DIL has two little princess nieces

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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33 Terra Heck April 26, 2011 at 6:15 am

I think this is a great way for girls to learn how to behave for God. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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34 Kathy Stevenson April 26, 2011 at 8:16 am

My girls would love this!

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35 Amy April 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

My daughter would love this!!

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36 Hannah ForTheirFuture April 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

Oh wow! My little girls would LOVE this! Thanks so much.

hwm6253(at)yahoo(dot)com

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37 Chantelle April 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I would love to win this! thank you

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38 LaVonne
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April 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

This looks like a lot of fun. We’d love it here! :)

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39 Deanna Roberts April 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Oh i would love thsi im trying to raise my daughter to be the best she can be while following Gods word

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40 Dian Flora April 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Love Sheila Walsh! We have God’s little Princess Bible! This would be a great partner book!

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41 Cassie April 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I have two little princesses that would love this!

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42 Breann April 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm

My girls would dig this!

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43 Diane Albino April 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm

This would be the best gift for my daughters birthday.

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44 Kristen April 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I have a sweet 7 yr old daughter who really wants to please me and the Lord. This would help teach her more. Thanks for the chance!

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45 ShaRhonda April 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm

My little girl loves Princess GiGi and of course I love Sheila- especially after seeing and hearing her at WOF! Would love this!

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46 tina hiers April 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I have a neice who my mother is her caretaker most of the time,when she is with us,she is always a princess.We cant afford those frilly dresses,so we shop at the goodwill and maybe we get lucky and find one in her size.She is 3,and truly beleives she is a princess,and I think this will inspire her mom to believe along with her.

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47 susan ullah April 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

God bless Sheila,I would love to win this little princess package for my grandaughter Ireland. Thank you for shareing Gods love with others. Susan Ullah

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48 Karey April 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

My 8yr old Johnna would love this…thanks so much!!

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49 Tiffanie April 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I love teaching “Tea Party” etiquette to the little girls (and boys) in my life, especially now, when it seems that even the most basic of manners have been thrown out the window. I love the idea of this kit, as it makes learning respect, manners and Godliness a fun experience!

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50 Mary Lynne April 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I have 3 grown, married daughters and would have loved something like this when they were growing up…. but God has blessed me with precious TWIN granddaughters who will be turning 5 next Sunday, and I would LOVE to have this for them! We are in NC and after last week’s tornados, the twins told their Mom that they wanted to color pictures to sell so they could give the money to the poor kids who lost their homes and everything they owned….. precious young hearts willing to help others in their own sweet way! Can you tell I’m a proud Nana?!!!

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51 Mary Lynne April 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Forgot to mention they are totally into anything Princess AND Tea Parties with Nana!

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52 Kari April 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm

My daughter is very much girly also ;) Although she will get dirty as well & sit in her beautiful dresses with her jewelry & dig earth worms- best of both worlds I guess!

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53 Rebecca Salge April 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

My daughter is just now getting into princesses. She would love to have this. Thanks so much!

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54 Deb Candler April 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Although my hubby and I have no girls of our own, we have neices on both sides of our family. If I win this I would love to give this prize to some darling twin girls that are our great nieces.

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55 stephanie clayton April 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I definately have a little princess, she is a ballerina, but yet she burps loudly at the dinner table, LOLOLOL, okay I know I shouldn’t laugh, but to hear that noise come out of such a beautiful little princess, ummmm, yeah, it makes me laugh…anyways…I think this book will be a much welcomed intervention for both of us!

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56 Kathy Staggs April 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I never have been a girlie girl when i was younger. My daughter who is 12 years old is diffently not a girlie girl, she is 100% tomboy…. When she was little no matter how much frills I put on her she found a way to tear a hole in it. But in the last few weeks she is making some changes in her appearance. She is becoming the young lady that God wants her to be and I am forever grateful for God working in her life.

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57 Tara April 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

My oldest daughter is the perfect balance of princess and pirate! LOL Seriously…. she loves both. And I’m a big Sheila Walsh fan. Would be a great gift for my 3 princesses (2 yr old twin girls and an almost 4 yr old girl).

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58 Nina April 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I was blessed with a daughter this last year and I have to tell you it ismuch different to raise her than my son (who is 11). I would love this gift as my husband has banned the “princess” word from our house in fear of raising a daughter that has an entitlement issue…I would love to show him she can be God’s princess and not becoem a Diva! :) What a great gift to give your daughters…thank you for the opportunity to win such a wonderful gift!

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59 Debra Appel April 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

As a big fan of Sheila’s faith and humor, I would LOVE to share this with my daughter! I truly believe that manners and etiquette go hand in hand with grace and inner beauty. Teaching these principles through the Glory of God is just the icing on the cake, or should I say…the sugar cube in the tea!!! Love you Sheila!!!

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60 Shannon Drinnon April 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm

God’s love is so amazing… To be thought of by Him as HIS PRINCESS is so endearing! Love it! My grandmother always said “Beauty is as beauty does” I’m passing that on to my little lady in hopes that she too, “Get’s it!” Thanks!

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61 Debby April 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

My granddaughters are certainly girly girls. Their mother was not!! This book would be great for them

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62 Ali April 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

This would be great for my two daughters ages 5 and 4.

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63 Stacey April 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I don’t have a daughter, but my neices would love to have this book and they certainly little princesses!

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64 Tina April 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

My granddaughters would love your book

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65 Patty April 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I did not start my walk until my daughter was 4 years old. She is very knowledgeable about the word and how much she is the darling of her heavenly father, but her earthly father is not a follower of Christ. So I see the struggle she has when his secular thinking demostrates to her. I pray for a wonderful Christian husband for her but I’m concern that my husband’s skepticism enters her realm of compassion, understanding and non-judgemental thoughts and actions. So to have a book that would tell her that she’s a princesses and she’s his darling that captivates our heavenly Lord. But if she isn’t blessed with this book I pray whom ever wins is blessed!!! Shelia love you at the WOF…rochester, ny…was there the year the policeman proposed!!! So memorable!!! kisses & hugs…til we meet someday official if not here then in eternity don’t forget to hug me!!! ;o)

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66 Cassie April 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

My daughter and I love Sheila Walsh’s Gigi book and would love this new one to teach her how God’s princesses should act.

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67 Stephanie reagan April 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm

My daughter and I just finished her princess bible by shelia. We have been waiting for this book. When were done we pass them on to her girlfriends. Thank you for this chace to win this package.

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68 Tammy Gordon April 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I’d love to win this!

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69 Brianna Beers April 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Id love to read how I can be God’s Princess. This may just be THE book that will bring me close to God. THankyou for hosting another great giveaway.
briannabeers at yahoo dot com

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70 Jennifer Molin April 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm

My daughter and I are both into princess… we are always watching the Disney version… this would be fantastic for us to explore… what? us? princesses too? daughters of the King of Kings? sounds wonderful! bring on the tiara and tea!

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71 CaroleM April 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I would love to win this to share with my daughter. Thank you!

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72 Kim April 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

How cute! I have 2 princesses that love the Gigi books.

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73 Debra April 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

What a great book and I love the crowns. My granddaughters would love this.

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74 Alison April 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I would love to have this for my daughters. They are girly girls and would love the crowns. The book is great too. What a wonderful idea.

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75 Miranda Ward April 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm

These are too cute!!!

freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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76 Ellen C. April 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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77 Mona April 28, 2011 at 1:13 am

I love Shelia Walsh. I have bought 2 of her Gigi books as I am “Gege” to my Grand Daughter’s (one is only a month old) and I read them to the 4 yr old ” ALL THE TIME”. I bought her the video too.
She is just as you describe a tough 4yr old, love’s to even help Daddy with his car.
But only if she can wear her Princess dress while doing it…haha. I would love to win this for them both.

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78 Jenn Short April 28, 2011 at 1:36 am

Would love to have this for my neice. She’s an MK and this would make a perfect birthday party for her this year to have a God’s Little Princess tea.

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79 Nicole C. April 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

My daughter would love this book!

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80 Linda Meyers-Gabbard April 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

I know a special little girl that would love this and some of us could use a lesson in manners or at the least a refresher course.

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81 JaimeB April 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

I have two little princesses I would love to go through this book with! Our church has a princess camp every year for my oldest daughter’s age, but we haven’t been able to do it.

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82 Christina April 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

We are trying to raise our daughter to like girly things and neutral things. She is coming into her own style and personality at the age of 17 months. She usually wants to pick out whatever is pink and or sparkly. My husband is loving these moments. lol

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83 Charity L. April 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm

What a fun little giveaway! My daughter would like this when she is a little older.

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84 melissa April 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

my daughters would love this! thanks for the great giveaway!

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85 Sam Zavitz April 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I definitely have a princess and I’d love to have this set for her. Thanks for the giveaway!

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86 mia
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April 30, 2011 at 1:38 am

ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!

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87 Chris April 30, 2011 at 5:37 am

my daughter absolutely loves anything pink. and this is a great book i want her to read and have! hope we win! ( i am from the philippines but i have a US shipping address if i win :)

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88 Debra May 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

This would be a great gift for my granddaughters. They are certainly girly girls, and they do love to have good manners.

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89 Tammy Gordon May 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I’d love to win this! :)

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90 Karin Constable May 2, 2011 at 2:19 am

I love stressing the importance of being God’s princess instead of this Disney princess stuff that can dominate our children’s minds! A total difference in being God’s princess (a servant) vs a worldly princess (waiting to be served).

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91 Laura May 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

I have two little girls. I would love to win this book for them. Thanks for the give away.

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92 christy davis May 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

aww this is to cute i’d love to win this set!!

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93 Debra May 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

This is such a cute idea. My granddaughters would really like this!

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94 Jenn S. May 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

My daughter LOVES princesses and would love this book.

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95 Christine May 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I would love to win this to share with my daughter.
Thanks for the chance!

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96 Kari May 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I do not have a daughter but, I do have two 6 yr old nieces that would LOVE this

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97 Debby May 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

My granddaughters love jewels so the crowns would make them happy. Then to have this book would really be great.

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98 Ali May 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

What a great gift. Crowns and the book would be words to live by!

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99 Stacey May 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

My neices are certainly girly girls. They love crowns and they love to make people happyl. They would really love the book too.

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100 Pauline May 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

My three daughters would love this book because they love everything princessy.

emscout9 at hotmail dot com

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101 Cindy T. May 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I would love to win this for my niece. She is a total girlie-girl princess! deedeebamagirl@yahoo.com

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102 Robin May 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

My two little girl’s absolutely LOVE Gigi God’s Little Princess. Their daddy gets to read it to them every night at bedtime and we would love to add this one to our collection. They are having a God’s Little Princess Bday party in August as well! :)

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103 william mckinley May 7, 2011 at 4:14 am

if i win this its going to the church youth leader at praise chapel 590 hancock rd bullhead city az 86442 where they are holding a coupon drive to augment the resources for the food bank they host.i know the kids there would enjoy it and support their walk with the lord

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104 Megan Earley May 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

I’d love to win this for my daughter!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

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105 shawna May 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I would love this for my daughter.

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106 April Grimm May 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

My daughter Addyson would love this, she loves dressing up as a princess.

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107 Erin Cook May 8, 2011 at 7:31 am

I would win this for my six year old daughter and give it to her for her seventh birthday
cookster77@aol.com

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108 kathy pease May 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

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109 Tricia Andrews May 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

This looks like a wonderful book for my soon to be 7 year old daughter. We try to buy her Christian books to read at bedtime and she loves anything pink!

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110 Brandi May 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

This would be great for my daughter! brandiphil at hotmail dot com

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111 Julie May 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

What a wonderful prize and so needed for girls in our culture today!

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112 Ed Nemmers May 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

For my nieces!

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113 Melissa B. May 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

What a fun activity for a little girl and her friends.

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114 Jennifer R May 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

My daughter would love to have this. reejen at comcast dot net

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115 Michelle H. May 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I would love to win this for my daughters.

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116 Gianna May 8, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I’d love this for my daughter :)

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117 Erica G May 8, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I would love to win! This is fantastic!

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