A Brave Little Princess

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Children's Literature
Here is a new fairy tale with all of the classic elements—a downtrodden heroine must conquer three enemies: a dragon that worries a town, the magician's tiny knots on the flour supply of another community, and vultures that threaten a third village. In this case, the princess is a very small girl who decides to go on a quest to prove to her neighbors that she is brave, and has a contribution to make. She visits her grandmother who gives her a bow and arrow, a gold coin, a comb and a mirror, and three candies. She uses the first three in the sublimation of the challenges, and the candies were meant to cheer her up! When she returns to her home after her successes, the cries of the villagers she has helped are heard, and she is welcomed back as a brave heroine. Monaco's wonderful illustrations are well suited to the plot, giving it an Italian feel through the use of color and stylized costume. This title was originally published in Italy by Edizioni Arka in 1999. 1999, Barefoot Books, Ages 7 to 11, $15.99. Reviewer: Candace Deisley
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Something must have been lost in translation in this tale from Italy. A princess who is mocked for her short stature decides to prove herself by going on an adventure. Her grandmother provides her with some "useful things," which conveniently help Little Princess Leonora save one village from a dragon, a second from a magician's spell, and a third from a flock of vultures. These situations are resolved so easily that no dramatic tension ensues. The text's repetitive insistence on conveying exactly how many deserts, mountains, and forests the child crosses is more irritating than connecting. The two-dimensional artwork confuses matters by making this youngster, whom villagers call "as small as a blade of grass," as tall as the other children shown in some of the paintings. Say arrivederci to this import.-Laura Santoro, Coventry Library, Cleveland Heights, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841482675
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1900
  • Series: Courage Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.15 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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