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I bought several of these books for my daughter, who is 5. The recommended age range is from 4 - 8 years but these books are not meant for children at the younger end of the age range, especially those just learning to read. There are very few pictures and it definitely did not hold my daughter's interest, even though she loves Ariel and the other Disney princesses. I would say these books are more appropriate for kids aged 7 or 8 and up, depending on their reading ability. I had planned to read a few pages each night to teach her how to follow along with a longer story, but forget that. Kids that age want a story that can be read from start to finish at one time. Still, good books for slightly older children.
This was my first attempt with my 5 year old daughter at a book without many pictures. We made it about 3 pages in and she said 'where are the pictures mommy'. I went back over what we had just read, told her to close her eyes and picture each part in her mind as it happened. She got the most beautiful smile on her face and told me she could see it all, Ariel and Eric and the seagull crashing into the window. I can't wait to do more with her.
I read this aloud to my 5 year old. It kept her interested & she continued to ask for "just one more chapter." It's nice to have a continuation on stories kids are familiar with. Would recommend for ages 5-8.
I sent the book directly to my niece. She really enjoyed it very much. I asked her Mom about the illustrations and she liked them. I was, unfortunately, unable to see the book yet. However, I am very happy my niece likes it and that is what counts. I am hoping that when I see it I will be very pleased!