Princesses [With CD]

Overview

As young readers share their adventures, they will find that the princesses of folk tales are often challenged in many surprising and unexpected ways as they grow up. Some are rich, others poor; some are clever and kind while others are mean -- but all of them find themselves in situations which require them to be extremely resourceful or to discover new qualities within themselves if they are to discover happiness.

This collection contains some much-loved favorites, including ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$18.03
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$19.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (24) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $13.86   
  • Used (16) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

As young readers share their adventures, they will find that the princesses of folk tales are often challenged in many surprising and unexpected ways as they grow up. Some are rich, others poor; some are clever and kind while others are mean -- but all of them find themselves in situations which require them to be extremely resourceful or to discover new qualities within themselves if they are to discover happiness.

This collection contains some much-loved favorites, including "The Princess and the Pea" from Denmark and "The Sleeping Beauty" from Germany, as well as some less familiar tales such as "The Beggar Princess" from China and "The Horned Snake's Wife" from the Iroquois of North America. Caitlín Matthews' wonderful retellings are beautifully complemented by the lavish illustrations of Irish artist Olwyn Whelan.

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846862397
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Barefoot Bks.
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)