Zog and the Flying Doctors
When the king's mysterious illness befuddles all the royal doctors, however, it's Princess Pearl to the rescue! She not only heals the king -- she also changes his mind about what it means to be a princess.
The heroes of A Gold Star for Zog fly again in this story of the value of letting your talent shine, all told in Julia Donaldson's enchanting rhymes with Axel Scheffler's witty illustrations.
Donaldson does a fine job with her rhyming verses, capturing the troubles and triumph that shape Pearl's life, and by extension, that of Gadabout and Zog. She shows that girls and boys alike can do anything they want if they set their mind to it, and they should be proud to stand up to anyone who stands in their way, even if those people are family members. Pearl's goodness and work ethic shine through as the story goes on, and her companions help her remain true to who she knows she truly is and is meant to be. Additionally, Axel Scheffler's illustrations help further showcase Donaldson's poetic prowess and her ability to tell a compelling and seemingly realistic story even though magical creatures populate the pages. The fact that the story is set in historical times is also a plus.
In 'Zog and the Flying Doctors,' Donaldson and Scheffler have crafted a sweet, historical, engaging story that is hard to not embrace, especially after reading some of their other tales that stem from the same spirit.