The Way Home: A Princess Story

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Princess Anna, adopted by the king in her infancy and now a young woman, is intrigued by the world that lies beyond the lush, green hills of the kingdom. When she seeks to satisfy her curiosity, she falls under the influence of the Lowlanders and begins to resemble their haggard style. Never to let a child slip away that easily, the king follows her, and trades his life for hers in order to provide her with a way back home. Despite the king's sacrifice, the choice to return home...

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Overview

Princess Anna, adopted by the king in her infancy and now a young woman, is intrigued by the world that lies beyond the lush, green hills of the kingdom. When she seeks to satisfy her curiosity, she falls under the influence of the Lowlanders and begins to resemble their haggard style. Never to let a child slip away that easily, the king follows her, and trades his life for hers in order to provide her with a way back home. Despite the king's sacrifice, the choice to return home is ultimately Anna's to make.

The underlying truth is unmistakable asMax has crafted this powerful story that will speak to all of the King's children and implore them to follow the path that leads home.

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A curious princess, a dutiful knight and a king willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter all play a key role in Lucado's original fairy tale about finding-and straying from-the right path. Life within the protective castle walls and gardens is all Princess Anna has ever known. But she's heard tales of the free and easy life enjoyed by the Lowlanders who play in the meadow, splash in the creek and live in the looming dark forest. Anna wants to know what it's like on the other side of the kingdom, so to speak. One day she gets her wish when disguised, evil Lowlanders Ima, Gunnah and Getcha, who are servants of wicked Olbaid, tempt Anna into exploring the forest where she is soon held captive. But the king will risk all to save her in a dramatic, but nonviolent, showdown with Olbaid. Though Lucado does not mention Scripture or God, his themes of temptation and sacrifice as well as his archetypes and symbolism are clear discussion starters for those in the Christian faith (and may be applied more broadly, too). Elwell's shadowy watercolors evoke an elegant, medieval era and his warty, troll-like Lowlanders are a memorable bunch. Ages 5-8 (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A heavy-handed metaphor about the temptations of evil, Lucado creates a terribly scary, and indeed, almost evil story, with its vicious message that the only safe place for girls is cloistered. Anna is a princess, adopted by the King as an abandoned infant. She longs to know what is outside the castle walls in the forest, where she has heard the Lowlanders' days are filled with fun. Her tutor Sir Henry and a fine young knight caution her against going forth (there are no women here except for the princess herself) but she is caught by warty, hunched Lowlanders who lure her to Olbaid (All Bad). He looks precisely like the traditional devil with horns and batwings. Her father dies for her, but rises up to show her the way home, opening a path in the forest back to the castle. So the deeply didactic message ends up being that girls have no place anywhere but locked away from experience, nature or curiosity, where they can be protected by men. A ghastly insult to any sort of true Christian sensibility. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400305544
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/21/2005
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Lucado
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings ofMax Lucado. He ministers atthe Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

TRISTEN ELWELL attended the School of Visual Arts (SVA) where he graduated in 1990 at the top of his class. In 1994, he joined the staff of SVA, where he teaches illustration and painting. Tristan's oil paintings combine meticulous technique with a unique conceptual sense. He has illustrated books for publishers including Avon, Bantam, HarperCollins, Penguin, Packet Books and Scholastic.

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