TEN BIG TOES AND A PRINCE’S NOSE, written by Nancy Gow and illustrated by Stephen Costanza is reviewed today by Lindy Michaels of BookStar on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.
How I love a good fairytale and how I love this one. Our princess, in this tale, of course, is “lovely and fair with ruby red lips and a mane of brown hair…” But she also had… gigantic feet! Oh, horror of horrors, because each and every prince and would-be suitor she met, couldn’t see past her terrifyingly large tootsies.
While our princess hoped love would step in front of her (and not ON her colossal feet), far, far away… “There lived a prince with a nose like a barn… He was warm, he was kind, he was charming and fun.” Unfortunately, the maidens he met… “They look at his beak and say, ‘oops, gotta run, before he could speak.”
As it happened, one day found both the prince and princess skiing on the very same slopes of the Alps. Of course, with those two gargantuan parts of her body below her ankles, she didn’t need skis. And yes, with the cold wind whipping and blowing, the prince’s face was covered by a large, very large scarf. And you guessed it, never seeing what others had turned away from, his schnozzle and her humongous footsies, they fell in love.
“… When night deepened, the ski hill had closed,
the prince knew he’d have to reveal his big nose.
It was time for the princess, lovely and fair,
To reveal that she didn’t have skis way down there.”
But fear not, my children, for as all great fairytales end, “He stared at her toes. She stared at his nose. They laughed and they giggled and then he proposed.”
And, oh goodie, yes indeedy, they did live happily ever after. Which just goes to show, never ever judge a person by their nose or their toes!
The very versatile Lindy Michaels aims to inspire young minds through children’s literature. Lindy owned L.A.’s first children’s bookshop, OF BOOKS AND SUCH (1972-1987) where she did storytelling, taught drama to children, had art and poetry contests and the like. According to Lindy, “It was truly a ‘land of enchantment.” She also spent years lecturing on realism in children’s literature at colleges in the state. For close to five years Lindy has worked for Studio City Barnes and Noble (BookStar) in the children’s section and does storytelling every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.