The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop and published by Warner Press (2000) is a very unusual picture book. It tells the story of a baby girl born to a king and queen in a wonderful mountain kingdom. The royal couple give their daughter a special gift from God—her first kiss. They guard it in a secret room of the castle until she grows up. Then her father tells her, “This kiss is yours to keep … or to give away as you see fit.”

Suitors begin to appear, each impressed with himself, each promising the princess great things if she will marry him. Disappointed, the princess confides in her mother that she does not think she will ever find a man worthy of her kiss. The queen assures her that God will bring someone, or if He does not, that the princess may treasure the kiss forever.

One day a commoner comes to the castle and is taken to the garden where the royal family is walking. With her parents’ permission, he tells the princess why he admires her and offers her his one treasure—his own first kiss.

Beautifully illustrated with colorful drawings by Preston McDaniels, this tale upholds the value of personal purity and the importance of waiting for the right one to marry.

Thirty-two pages long,  The Princess and the Kiss is available on Barnes & Noble.com, Christianbook.com and Amazon.com. It comes in hardcover, paperback, and audio CD.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

Mrs. Fujimoto has a collection of short stories, 9 Slightly Strange Stories with an Uplifting Edge, available as an e-reader at Amazon. Find our review under “N” in the alphabetical listing: Titles We’ve Reviewed.

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