Isabella of Castile

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In a twist on the classic fairy tale, a princess in fifteenth century Spain refused to wait to be rescued by a prince but instead chose one for herself. Even then, she would not marry him until they’d reached an agreement that was revolutionary for her time—their marriage would be an equal partnership captured in the motto: To stand as high, as high to stand, Isabella and Ferdinand. This book tells the real and remarkable story of the princess, Isabella of Castile. The partnership that she made with her prince ...
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In a twist on the classic fairy tale, a princess in fifteenth century Spain refused to wait to be rescued by a prince but instead chose one for herself. Even then, she would not marry him until they’d reached an agreement that was revolutionary for her time—their marriage would be an equal partnership captured in the motto: To stand as high, as high to stand, Isabella and Ferdinand. This book tells the real and remarkable story of the princess, Isabella of Castile. The partnership that she made with her prince was a happy and successful one. Without her, both Spain and America would not exist as we know them.

Richly illustrated and narrated with humor, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses brings to life the stories of real and remarkable princesses who managed to do what few thought possible.

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“The scrapbook-style design of the series lends itself to easy browsing, but these titles will serve well for reports, too, and are sure to interest readers who are looking for something a little different for their research.”  —School Library Journal

“Nguyen’s cartoonish illustrations and Bridges’ cheekily humorous text are entertaining.”  —Horn Book Guide

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
One in a series titled "Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses," this book offers a fascinating look into the life and times of Isabella of Castile, who started out as a lonely and bookish princess and became one of the most powerful women of her time. After her father died and her mother went mad, Isabella lived in Arevalo, a small town, until she was a teenager. When it came time for her to wed, she was determined to be united with Ferdinand of Aragon, a marriage opposed by her family for political reasons. The author shares interesting facts about the food and clothing of the time, and about the challenging endeavors the successful couple undertook during their reign. Isabella did many things unprecedented in her day: she married the man she wanted, united Spain under one church, developed hospitals, sponsored Christopher Columbus and, perhaps most remarkable, was crowned as the ruler of her kingdom in a time when women were always subject to their husbands. Illustrations are a combination of photographs, paintings and sketches, featuring maps, important events of the period and sites of interest, including an end photograph of the crypts where the Queen and her husband are entombed. This is a concise, highly appealing glimpse into history which is deserving of a place in good libraries and classrooms. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
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Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book, Ruby's Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children's Choices Award. Mary Wrightly So Politely launched in April 2013 to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To date, every book that Shirin has written or published has achieved national acclaim.

Responsible for the pen-and-watercolor illustrations that bring our princesses to life, Albert Nguyen received his MFA from the Academy of Art in 2006. He grew up in Minnesota before moving to San Francisco. In addition to being fond of drawing, painting, comics, and cartoons, Albert has a special affection for chubby animals.
The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses are his first children’s books.

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