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King Wilfred's three sons learn to become big, bad knights the way any boisterous boys would: "They learned riding and jousting, fighting with swords...They learned how to stride proudly and how to shout very loudly." At her father's urging, young Princess Violetta tries to keep up with the same lessons, "even though she was so small she could hardly lift a sword at all!" Despite her brothers' teasing and laughing, Violetta continues to practice--even secretly at night. Soon enough, Violetta becomes "so nimble and quick" that when practicing with her brothers, "their spears and swords just hit the empty air." But then King Wilfred does the unthinkable: For his Violetta's sixteenth birthday, he plans a jousting tournament designed to bring "the bravest knights in the land flocking to the castle" to win her hand in marriage! Violetta is outraged: "You want me to marry some dimwit in a tin suit?" Fortunately, of course, the princess finds a way to come to her own rescue.
Funke does well in this picturebook format, but Kerstin Meyer's delicate and extremely cute illustrations set the quiet, measured (but still fun) tone of the Princess Knight, as she takes inspiration from a bona fide medieval piece of art--the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
Great book for independent young ladies. My daughter quite honestly has no idea that princesses require rescuing thanks to this book and the paperbag princess.Published 4 months ago by Janice Siegford
This book was requested by my daughter in law for my 5 year old granddaughter. DIL is quite discerning, and there was no problem with my five year old granddaughter enjoying the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by prisrob
Very cute book and great for helping a child gain self esteem and courage. However, I will never understand why it was so expensive. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandra S. Krohne
This was my daughter's favorite book when she was small. It is a lovely story and illustrates the power of determination.Published 12 months ago by Peggy
I was looking for something different, and I loved the idea of a princess who's quite self-sufficient and empowered! Big hit with my four year old. Great story, charming art.Published 15 months ago by Retail_Queen