Nothing has captured my daughter's imagination like the story and the movie 'Brave'. NOTHING. Not even dinosaurs when she was a toddler, and that was an intense phase, I can promise you. For weeks even before the movie came out, it was all she could talk about. It's all we play. And if you drop by, don't be surprised to hear us talking in Scottish (?) accents. Julia pretends to be Merida (of course) and I'm either the cook or Queen Elinor.
I don't know what it is really. A princess who shoots bows and arrows? Bears? But the kid cannot get enough. She wants to be Merida for Halloween. She wants to get a dog and name it Merida. She wants to drop her middle name and substitute....can you guess? MERIDA.
Also, she wants to know how old she has to be before she can dye her hair red and make it curly.
So imagine the mental yee-haw that went on inside my head when I saw 'Brave' A Big Golden Book at the grocery store. The grocery store! Actually I saw all three of the books you see above.
I got the Big Golden one. It's GORGEOUS, a lovely edition, not the cheaply made kind. I chose it because it's big (as they so kindly let you know on the cover), it very deftly and completely tells the entire story of the movie, and the illustrations inside are immensely detailed and fabulous.
'Big Bear, Little Bear' and 'Brave' the Little Golden Book were cute and would be great for younger kiddos, but I knew Julia could handle the text and would want the complete package of the big book. We've read it every day since she got it.
We loved the movie by the way. The bear stuff was a leeeeetle intense but Julia was up for it. She thinks it's the best movie she's ever seen -- that and 'A Little Snow Fairy Sugar.' (sigh. pink hair and waffles are still haunting my dreams...) In a nutshell, my wild princess considers the wild princess in 'Brave' to be a true kindred spirit who inspires every last bit of her imaginary life.