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The Storytelling Princess Hardcover – July 23, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; 1St Edition edition (July 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399229248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399229244
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A spirited princess rebels against an arranged marriage to a prince across the sea in this satisfying tale. "I will never, never, never marry any prince but the prince I choose for myself," she says. "I'd rather be washed overboard in a storm at sea" and when her parents accompany her on a ship to wed, that's just what happens: She's cast ashore in a strange kingdom. Dressed in the sailor clothes she finds in a trunk, she learns that a prize is being offered to the storyteller who can tell the prince a story whose ending he has never heard. The disguised princess uses the tale of her ocean adventure to capture the prize, reveal her identity and win his heart (of course, it turns out that he was her intended all along). Martin's (The Rough-Face Girl) story-within-a-story device works like an old campfire tale, and even though readers may guess the ending, they'll want to see how the royals get there. Root's (When the Whippoorwill Calls) finely worked, lapis-and-gold watercolors recall illuminated manuscripts, commenting on the literate protagonists as well as their Old World setting. Readers will likely cotton to this princess, who stands up to authority and tells great stories to boot and no mention is made anywhere of her beauty. Ages 5-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-A prince who loves to read and a princess who craves adventure fly in the face of parental authority when informed of their arranged marriage, and declare that they will choose their own mates. Though the prince finally agrees to marry "someone who can tell me a story whose ending I don't know," the princess steadfastly proclaims, "I'd rather be washed overboard in a storm at sea." Fate (a storm at sea) intervenes and throws them together. They gradually come to admire one another, not knowing that each is the other's intended. Watercolor-and-pencil illustrations in subtle hues with highlights of gold and red cleverly capture the nature of the characters and the essence of the action. Broad borders frame the sweeping full-page scenes and extend the focus by incorporating complementary details. Small, jewel-like decorations ingeniously mirror the initial capital letter of key paragraphs within the text, underscoring the timeless tone of the tale. Recalcitrant princesses and princes who exhibit independence and spirit, such as these two, are becoming standard characters and are commanding their own niche in literature. Told in the language and structure of a traditional tale, the story has many motifs that will be familiar to readers who will, ironically, sense the ending to the story long before it is clear to the prince. That predictability is nonetheless genuinely satisfying, as there are enough elements of excitement and energy within the action and the telling to engage and maintain children's attention.

Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on September 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time, a King told his son that the time had come for him to marry and he had arranged for the Prince to marry a Princess from a far off kingdom across the sea. The Prince, not happy with his fate and lack of choice declared, "I will only marry the Princess I pick for myself." But the King was insistent and the Prince finally agreed to a contest. He would marry the Princess if his father could find anyone in the kingdom who could tell him a story with an ending he didn't know. At the same time, a Princess, in a far off kingdom is boarding a ship with her parents to cross the sea for an arranged marriage to a Prince. She too, is not happy. "I'd rather be washed overboard in a storm at sea." And as fate would have it, that's exactly what happens. After many days in the water, she finally washes ashore in a strange land and finds a dry sailor's suit to wear. Disguised and needing money, she enters a contest to tell a young Prince a story, a new and special story, with an ending he's never heard before..... Rafe Martin has written a charming and imaginative old fashioned fairy tale, complete with happily ever after ending that's perfect for youngsters 4-8. His evocative text is beautifully depicted in Kimberly Bulcken Root's detailed and expressive artwork, done in soft tones of blues and golds. Though the ending is predictable, the enjoyment is in the getting there and this is a satisfying story children will want to read again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on July 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In this book a princess faces a loveless arranged marriage and declares she would rather be washed overboard than to marry someone she has not chosen herself. Of course, her wish comes true and she is washed overboard the ship she is sailing on to meet her betrothed. Soon she finds herself competing to tell a story with an ending a prince cannot predict. The story is entertaining, albeit predictable for adults, and provides positive role models for children. The power of story is shown as the princess and the prince hopefully live happily ever after with lots of great stories to share.
The illustrations are particularly beautiful and romantic without sappiness. The book should be well received by the younger set who are tired of their traditional fairy tales and want a new story to read.
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By woodpenturner on September 8, 2013
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My cousin is actually the artist for the pictures in this book, so I bought it for my grand daughter who is learning to read.
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Format: Paperback
This is a nice story about a prince and princess who love to read and tell stories. They think they are rebelling from their parents but they are only finding each other.
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