The Barefoot Book of Princesses

The Barefoot Book of Princesses

by Caitlin Matthews, Olwyn Whelan
     
 

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Meet seven very strong and special princesses in this collection drawn from sources from around the world. Each faces challenges and trials, and each finds a way to triumph with bravery, compassion, ingenuity and a little bit of luck. Book with CD editions include stories read by Margaret Wolfson.  See more details below

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Meet seven very strong and special princesses in this collection drawn from sources from around the world. Each faces challenges and trials, and each finds a way to triumph with bravery, compassion, ingenuity and a little bit of luck. Book with CD editions include stories read by Margaret Wolfson.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Princess stories appear in many cultures, and Matthews has provided her retelling of seven of the better-known tales. For instance, the book includes "The Princess and the Pea," based on Hans Christian Andersen's version, but as noted in the sources for the stories, this is a folk story that is found all around the world. "The Mountain Princess" is a Persian tale better known to the world through the opera version, Turandot. Other tales come from Africa, Native America, and Europe. What sets these stories apart from other versions is the wonderful storytelling voice of Matthews. These are tales that parents and teachers can read aloud and ones that will delight attentive audiences. The brightly painted folk art from Whelan has a familiar look, but the images transport readers to the locale of each story and depict the unique details of setting, costumes, and faces.
School Library Journal
Gr K-3-Persian, Chinese, Iroquois, and other cultures from around the world are represented in this collection. Only two of the seven tales are readily available elsewhere-"The Princess and the Pea," which opens the book, and "The Sleeping Beauty," which closes it. None of the retellings are particularly inspired and a number include rhymed couplets that interrupt the flow of the story. Most of these women and girls are not particularly likable; they are spoiled, self-centered, and dependent. Only the Persian princess shows any self-reliance. Colorful full-paged and spot illustrations decorate the book but do not enhance it. The origin of each tale is noted under the title but the author's source notes are personal rather than descriptive. For a better collection on the same topic, try Shirley Climo's A Treasury of Princesses (HarperCollins, 1996).-Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841481722
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
63
Sales rank:
295,905
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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