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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)

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including UnlockedLeavingTake OneBetween SundaysEven NowOne Tuesday MorningBeyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was a very young child. Born in Montreal, Canada, she studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. She began her career as a muralist, painting numerous walls in commercial buildings in the Montreal area. She now lives in the Eastern Townships with her chickens, two children, and husband, who is a wood boat builder. They share an old barn as their creative studio.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • 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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.

Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on September 27, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon shopper on March 16, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Fernandez - The IE Mommy on September 14, 2009
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Karen Kingsbury is a well known Christian author so I was excited to receive The Princess and the Three Knights. I have read her adult books so I was curious to see her view and style when writing children's literature.

I don't remember the last time I cried over a child's book but The Princess and the Three Knights brought tears to my eyes. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. One that will be passed down from mother to daughter to grand-daughter and so on.

In simple, easy to understand terms Karen clearly expresses the love parents have for their children (only wanting the best), the desire God has to give us blessings and the fact that True Love is worth waiting and looking toward.

When the "right" Prince declares his love for the Princess my eyes teared up because as a parent I understood why the King chose him.

Basing her writing on the Bible verse of 1 Corinthians 13:4, 7 (widely known as the "love" chapter) Ms. Kingsbury describes to children what love does is not boastful, prideful or self is loving, kind, forgiving, protecting, trustworthy, devoted and does not provoke or fail.

One of the reasons I fell in love with my husband was because he was strong. I felt safe and protected with him. I am not talking about Macho man, going to beat up people strong...but a different quieter, more humble strength where I knew that I would always come first.

It is a love worthy of a Princess and a love worth living for and thanking God for...and like the King in the book...the type of Prince I want for my daughters.

Bravo to Karen for expressing so eloquently what "true love" is meant to be.The Princess and the Three Knights
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