Twelve Dancing Princesses

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The king has a problem. His twelve daughters wake up every morning with their slippers in rags and tatters. Where are they going? The palace is guarded to the hilt, and the shoemakers are exhausted. The king has promised his kingdom to anyone who can solve the mystery in three days and three nights. Prince after prince fails, then a disheveled soldier arrives at the palace door. Will he succeed? Miss Clara's dazzling artwork takes the twelve princesses shimmering and waltzing across the pages of this classic ...

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Overview

The king has a problem. His twelve daughters wake up every morning with their slippers in rags and tatters. Where are they going? The palace is guarded to the hilt, and the shoemakers are exhausted. The king has promised his kingdom to anyone who can solve the mystery in three days and three nights. Prince after prince fails, then a disheveled soldier arrives at the palace door. Will he succeed? Miss Clara's dazzling artwork takes the twelve princesses shimmering and waltzing across the pages of this classic fairy tale.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This is a chapter-book retelling of the timeless tale of 12 princesses who wake each morning from their locked bedchamber tired and with worn slippers and the prince who uncovers their secret and wins the hand of the eldest sibling. A familiar text is paired with Miss Clara's unique artwork utilizing miniature maquettes (scale models) to earn this oft-told tale a second look. The artist's attention to detail in shaping the dolls, furniture, and costumes is extraordinary. These models are then photographed and graphically enhanced to give them a Renaissance look. The text is geared toward "confident readers" and while it is unremarkable, the stunning and intricate illustrations are definitely a draw, although they may appeal more to adults than children. Purchase where a sophisticated edition of the story is desired.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
Kirkus Reviews
A traditional Grimm tale is retold, with mixed results, in chapter form for "confident readers." The essential plot elements remain true to earlier versions; shoes are mysteriously worn out, and the king puts to death the princes who fail to find an explanation. An enterprising soldier, with a magic cloak of invisibility given to him by an old woman, follows the princesses through the silver, gold and diamond woods, sees them dancing until dawn with the enchanted princes and tells their secret to the king. Of course, he is rewarded by the hand of the eldest princess in marriage. The princesses have lovely French floral names, but everyone else, including the hero, is nameless. There is no explanation for the princes' enchantment, and the princesses seem to enjoy the delightful adventure of secretly dancing and feasting. When the enchantment fades away, along with the princes, no one seems to care or wonder. Hoffman employs descriptive language that maintains a sense of old-fashioned syntax while remaining accessible for modern readers. But there is little that is really fresh and interesting. It is Miss Clara's intricate, three-dimensional creations that capture the imagination. Each illustration is a gem: a photograph of a highly detailed stage set filled with interesting and delightful objects and textures. A pleasant retelling enhanced by a truly original presentation. (Fairy tale. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846868382
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 62
  • Sales rank: 517,644
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: NC950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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