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“Readable and offering a pointed message to young girls about what they should expect of their suitors, there's nothing to dislike in Kingsbury's text, and the illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard are gorgeous. Appropriately fairy tale like and romantic, they are also rich and vivid.” (Christian Children’s Book Review)

Kingsbury, a bestselling author of adult inspirational fiction, appeals to a young audience in this original fairy tale with a faith-based message. Deciding that only a knight “who treasured the princess for who she was on the inside” is worthy of her hand, the king sets up a series of trials for his daughter’s would-be suitors, including “essays on loyalty and faith.” In the final challenge, the knights must imagine that they are carrying the princess and race their horses closest to the cliff’s edge. Only the third and last night knight refuses to participate: “I love the princess . . . I wouldn’t take her anywhere near that cliff.” Even by fairy-tale standards, the king’s last test is an odd concept, but it ably illustrates Kingsbury’s strong message: “True love always protects.” Grimard’s cheerful, mixed-media artwork adheres closely to fairytale conventions, starting with the blond, blue-eyed princess, but the bright, attractive scenes will easily hold children’s attention. Families seeking picture books that directly address God and faith will welcome this offering. (Gillian Engberg, BOOKLIST)

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'There was once a princess ... the most beautiful in all the land.' The search is on! The king determines to find a young man worthy of the hand of the princess. The knights of the kingdom endure tests and challenges to show their courage and strength. But those qualities alone will not win the king's approval or the princess's heart. The right knight must prove his kindness and character . . . And the real meaning of true love.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (July 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310716411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310716419
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A bestselling adult fiction author writing a book for children is nothing new. Neither is a princess story with a modern twist. But it's rare when the resulting picture book is actually worth the space it takes on your child's bookshelf, as Karen Kingsbury's The Princess and the Three Knights is.

The princess in this book is not unlike princesses found in traditional fairy tales. She's the fairest maiden in the land, and every man would love to marry her. But her father, the King, wants to make sure her husband is worthy - that he recognizes and cherishes the beauty within his daughter's heart. So the King stages a competition "to determine which knights possessed great courage and strength, deep loyalty and kindness, and most of all a deep faith in God."

Three knights make it through this tournament to the final, most important test. The King asks them to pretend the princess is riding with them on their horse. They are to then ride as fast and hard as they can toward a cliff. "We will see which of you can take the princess closest to the cliff without going over the edge," the King says.

The first two knights push away their fear and come shockingly close to the edge of the cliff. The third knight remains calm and whispers "I can do everything through God who gives me strength." But when the King asks him to perform the test, he says "Your majesty, I love the princess. She is more precious to me than anything in the kingdom...I wouldn't take her anywhere near that cliff."

"'That,' the king shouted, 'is the right answer!'"

"For the knight was brave and strong, loyal and kind. But most of all, his faith in God had taught him that true love always protects...
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The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury and Gabrielle Grimard is a beautifully illustrated fairy tale that will quickly become a family favorite. First, here are Mia's feelings about the book: I like it, I like the whole thing. The artwork is wonderful and fantastic. I learned that love always protects. My favorite part in the whole book was the happily ever after, because the princess and her husband looked so happy. I definitely want to keep this book forever! It makes me feel happy, and I love the book! Now my thoughts: Grimard's illustrations are just gorgeous and perfectly capture the fairy tale feel with an extra dose of pink to thrill its feminine readers. Kingsbury writes in the voice of classic fairy tales giving the book a timeless appeal. Her message of love always protecting is an important one to emphasize to little girls, and she does it with Scripture and through example. It's a book that will please both parents and their daughters.
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THE PRINCESS IS A NON-SPEAKING CHARACTER- EVEN COUNTING INTERNAL DIALOGUE. Yet she is married off by competition overseen by her father. I believe contemporary people would call a similar real-life situation something like human trafficking.

Someone gave my daughters this book as a holiday gift. It got shuffled into some obscure corner and forgotten. Sadly, they cleaned their room and it was unearthed.

This morning, I just found it my bathroom-- and my only regret was that it wasn't IN the toilet.

Upon reading this book, I learned that women need to be beautiful- inside and out-- and that wealth makes them much more valuable. They are also to be married off by their wise, old fathers.

The book opens with a verse from 1 Corinthians 13- the "love chapter." Anyone who has spent much time actually reading their Bibles (not just bashing people over the head with them) know that this isn't about romantic (agape) love- but rather a Christ-centered love that applies to all people and relationships. Yet the author includes this verse as a framework for romantic love.

While I should have folded up the book and thrown it in the donate box, I kept reading. The lovely, lovely, lovely rich princess is enhanced and adored because she's physically AND inwardly beautiful. Her inward beauty originates from her ability to 1) let the peasants give her gifts and 2) gaze dreamily out a window. Acts of service, kindness, hospitality, and generosity aren't even insinuated. She is a noble- and thus more valuable than ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE. Not really seeing any alignment with scriptures here.

The story discusses her wealth at every turn-- how it might make suitors rich or attract the wrong sort of noble.
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This is a great book showing young girls (and boys) what true love is all about. True love protects and looks out for the best interest of the other individual. This book did a great job portraying that. My 3 girls love it because of the princess theme and I love the lesson they are learning from it. I've also shared this book during our church's AWANA counsel time and got many great complements from other parents. I would have to agree with what others said about the characters. The two knights who are unworthy of the princess are not handsome. It would have been nice if they looked decent because that is how it often is in life but this doesn't take away from the story too much.
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