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World-acclaimed novelist Cornelia Funke strikes a winning blow for girl power in this royally fabulous, inspiring picture book illustrated by Kerstin Meyer.
Although Princess Violetta is the youngest of the king's four children -- and the only girl -- she certainly has her work cut out for her. Raised to master the same skills as her brothers, Violetta endures taunts from her siblings about her lack of strength with swords, her inability to make horses obey, and other qualities detrimental to superior jousting. Discouraged but not defeated, the princess valiantly undergoes serious training and ends up the best jouster of all; but unfortunately, her troubles continue when the king decides to hold a jousting tournament in her honor - offering Violetta's hand in marriage as the prize. What will Violetta do? The clever princess comes up with an ingenious plan to live happily ever after -- on her terms.
Eat your heart out, Gloria Steinem: Princess Violetta knows all about equal rights! Funke's princess knight takes no guff from anyone and has the gumption to determine her own destiny. Kerstin Meyer's charming, kid-friendly illustrations convey Violetta's predicament wonderfully, making the book an amusing entertainment as well as a spirited parable about resourcefulness and self-determination. A sure-handed and sweet fairy tale for the modern gal. Shana Taylor