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A dying king makes his son his heir?on one condition. Vain Prince Raphael must marry a woman who is his equal in beauty, intelligence, and wealth...
A search throughout the kingdom proves fruitless. Then the lovely Rosamund appears at the palace, as if by magic, and Raphael is certain he has found his wife. She is intelligent and wealthy, as well as beautiful?certainly his ...
A dying king makes his son his heir—on one condition. Vain Prince Raphael must marry a woman who is his equal in beauty, intelligence, and wealth...
A search throughout the kingdom proves fruitless. Then the lovely Rosamund appears at the palace, as if by magic, and Raphael is certain he has found his wife. She is intelligent and wealthy, as well as beautiful—certainly his equal, he thinks.
Two-time Newbery Medalist Katherine Patersons critically-acclaimed original fairy tale about an arrogant prince and his search for a bride is now available in a reformatted chapter book edition. With beautiful new line art by Curtis Woodbridge, this provocative story with a contemporary social message (The New York Times Book Review) will become an instant classic for newly independent readers. An entertaining and enchanting story.
In order to wear the crown of the kingdom, an arrogant young prince must find an equal in his bride. Instead, he finds someone far better than he.
Many years ago in a country far away, an old king lay dying. Now the king was very wise and very good, and all the people loved him, so they were sad to know that he would soon leave them. But what made them even sadder was the knowledge that the king's son, Prince Raphael, would become their next ruler.
Prince Raphael was as rich and handsome as a prince should be. His father had assembled scholars from all over the world to teach him, so he was highly educated. The people should have been proud to have Raphael as their next king, but instead they were afraid.
"Look at his eyes," they said, "and see the arrogance of a man who admires only himself."
"Look at his mouth," they said, "and see the sneer of a man who thinks everyone else is stupid."
"Look at his hands," they said, "and see the grasp of a man who thinks everyone else's goods are his for the taking."
The old king, even while he was dying, understood the fears of his people. Just before the end, he called his son and all the councilors of the realm to come to his chamber.
"My son," he said, "with my last words, I want to give you my blessing."
"Well, of course," said Raphael, although he was far more interested in his father's lands and gold than he was in the good king's last words.
"You will become ruler when I die," the old king said, "for that is the ancient law that cannot be changed. But you will not wear my crown until the day you marry a woman who is your equal in beauty and intelligence and wealth."
The prince was angry at his father's words. "That is not a blessing!" he exclaimed. "That is a curse! Where shall I find aprincess who is equal to me in every way?" Raphael demanded that the king take back this strange blessing. But the king shook his head, and that very night he breathed his last breath and died.
Prince Raphael was so angry that he refused to mourn his father's death. When the councilors suggested that the flags be lowered and that the people be given time off from their work for the funeral, he was angrier still. "There will be plenty of time for holiday when I am crowned king," he said. "Tell the people to get back to work."
With heavy hearts the councilors announced there would be no period of mourning for the beloved old king. The only comfort they had was that Raphael might never be crowned. For where would such an arrogant man find a woman he would admit was his equal in every way?
The King's Equal is two-time Newbery medalist Katherine Paterson's critically acclaimed fairy tale about an arrogant young prince who must find a woman who is his equal in beauty, intelligence, and wealth. The discussion topics, suggested reading list, and author biography in this reading group guide are intended to spark discussion about the interesting characters and adventures in this enchanting original fairy tale. Once upon a time, a dying king names his son, selfish Prince Raphael, ruler of the kingdomon one condition: Raphael cannot wear the crown until he marries a woman who equals him in beauty, intelligence, and wealth. Raphael is so arrogant he believes that he never will be able to find a woman who is as smart or good-looking as himself, so he focuses on expanding his wealth and soon his greed makes him the richest person in the whole kingdom. But one thing he wants most is the thing he hasn't earnedthe crown to the kingdom.
Because Raphael is unhappy without the crown, he demands that his councilors search the world over for the princess who is his equal. Eventually, through the shrewd powers of a magical wolf, a poor but clever young maiden named Rosamund is chosen. But the story does not end there. Rosamund is a strong woman who wants her husband to be her equal as much as she is his. So she presents Raphael with a proposition that he cannot refuse if he wishes to win Rosamund as his wife. Consequently, Raphael retreats to the woods and learns about the kind of wealth that will make him truly happy and equal to fair Rosamund.
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