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The Princess and the Three Knights Hardcover – July 9, 2009
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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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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Excellent. So refreshing to see stories like this we can read to our daughters.Published 1 month ago by Donti A Robinson
I love this book and plan to read it to my future grandaughters and great grandaughters!!Published 8 months ago by marsha johnson
Sweet story! Perfect reading for a Daddy to share with his daughter. We bought this, and a couple other books, for my husband to read to our girls initially as a special treat on a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ranger Creek
This is a really sweet christian fairy tale. My grand daughter read it in less than 15 minutes and she is 7. I was a little disappointed that it was so short for her. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karen Pullen
Sweet way to explain to a little girl how precious she is and how she should be treated. I enjoyed the illustration as well. I think my daughter will like this one.Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Smith
My 11 year old daughter loves this book!. I like the message: that real courage is looking within for God's direction and not acting on internal or external pressures. Read morePublished 13 months ago by j.g.r.