In this amusing, eloquently told story, created by Katherine Paterson specifically for artist Vladimir Vagin to illustrate with his beautifully detailed watercolors, there was born a wise little princess who was different from everyone else. Miranda had been granted the gift of being wide awake all her waking hours. Thus, unlike those before her, she was able to see that the peasants of the kingdom were overworked and starving while the nobles lived in selfish luxury. Miranda, with confidence and determination, forms an innovative plan to help her people overcome their oppression, and in the process reveals the power of words to vanquish ignorance and bring about change.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Katherine Paterson’s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2010-2011.
Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org), which is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization. The NCBLA’s innovative projects actively promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts. She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (www.usbby.org) and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org).
She and her husband, John, live in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visit www.terabithia.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a new princess story about one that was heir to the throne, but she was young and none of the nobles wanted her to rule. She then went on an adventure of her own learning the poor poeple's ways, working and living among them, hearing their issue, and seeing the world differently through their eyes. She id proven to be loyal and noble and wise beyond her years and eventually makes it back to her kingdom to rule.
The tale of a princess who is "wide-awak" (wise about her surroundings and alert) who motivates a peasant uprising to overthrow the nobles. A cute tale in the beginning with a princess who has her own style, but turns quite political in the end. An interesting read.