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The Twelve Dancing Princesses [Kindle Edition]

Brigette Barrager
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The talented Brigette Barrager lavishly illustrates this beautiful retelling of the Grimm Brothers' "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." In this fairy tale, twelve princesses wake up every morning to find their shoes are worn out and they are totally exhausted! A handsome suitor discovers that the princesses are enchanted, and that each night, in their sleep, they travel to a magical world to dance at a ball. Will this handsome suitor be able to break the spell and rescue the princesses?

Editorial Reviews


"With art resembling that of animated film and several graceful dance scenes, this story could easily be set to a sound track. ...a pleasing tale for reading aloud and storytelling" - School Library Journal

"Barrager brings a fittingly soigné aesthetic to this retelling" - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Brigette Barrager graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in character animation. She inherited her mother's collection of fairy tale books as a child, and her love of those magical, fantastic, and dreamy worlds has never left her. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and this is her first book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8352 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (May 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5EMH6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Whimsical Delight! May 19, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Have you been aching for a traditional fairy tale told in just the right way to delight the truest princess fans? Barrager's retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses is uniquely funny and equal parts regal and mysterious. The illustrations are lush and fragrant as the flowers the princesses are named for. The book is tinged with magical charm and whimsical characters which will delight not just younger children, but stay with them as they grow older and more able to decipher the quick and meticulously chosen language. As Pip learns the key to the princesses' mysterious disappearance each night, readers will learn the meaning of words like "proclamation," "antidote," and "vapor." Not only does the story flow in perfect pitch, but each illustration, from the first to the last page, is only more magnificent than the last. This book should be an instant classic and I can't wait to see what accolades are in order for this talented and extraordinary author and illustrator!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book for Little Princesses May 21, 2011
Brigette Barrager has retold this classic story in a way that is just right for younger children. She's pared away the parts of the story that preschoolers might not like, and provided plenty of interesting images in their stead.

In this version, the princesses dance away the night, but aren't aware -- like they are in the Barbie version -- of what they are doing. Instead they are sleepy all day, and it's that sleepiness that has their father, the king, offering treasure to whoever can solve the mystery.

The illustrations feature large-eyed princesses, and a cute shoemaker-hero. They remind me of the Little Golden books I read as a child.

Nice read-aloud.
Would make a nice gift too.

Pam T~
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New take on a classic tale July 22, 2011
There have been many versions of "Twelve Dancing Princesses," gracing picture, middle-reader and young-adult books. Each version has its own take on the tale, and the newest by Brigette Barrager is no different.

Barrager's retelling of the Grimm Brothers' "Twelve Dancing Princesses" is simpler and lighter than many of its counterparts. Her retro-feeling illustrations, however, lend themselves well to this beginner's version, and younger readers, particularly girls, will find themselves falling in love with this book. There's a dreamlike quality throughout with graceful lines and pastels suited perfectly for this princess tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 10, 2011
By lucy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 4 year old daughter loves this book, and we have since purchased it for two of her friends. It is a pleasant story for an adult to read, also. Smooth and not too long. The pictures are gorgeous, and Pip's hair is awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful August 16, 2013
By Mrs. T.
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We sought out this book after being given the coordinating princess matching game as a present. The two together would be an ideal present for a 4- to 6-year-old who is into princesses, flowers, and/or playing games. My daughter loves the illustrations, and the story lends itself well to being read aloud. I'm glad to have this as part of our library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Dancing Princesses December 17, 2013
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This is wonderful book. It tells the story of the Princesses quite well but the best part is the beautiful illustrations. The colors were gorgeous. My granddaughters and myself enjoyed this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Students Love It March 15, 2014
By Azaelia
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this book because my second graders were studying fairy tales. I didn't think it would be as popular as it is. They take turns borrowing it and take it home regularly. One of my students told me she read a different version of this tale but didn't enjoy it as much. The illustrations are lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! January 6, 2014
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I purchased this book to read to my 20 month old baby girl and she's enticed by the illustrations and loves the flow of the story. Mama loves it just as much! A book to display AND read!
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Good read for my 6-year old daughter, great illustrations.
Published 2 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
Beautifully illustrated and I like the twist on the original plot.
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I have loved this story since I was a young child. Illustrations are great!
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This book is a favorite for my five year old granddaughter.
Published 8 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars love the artwork!
love the artwork!
Published 10 months ago by MinneMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Illustrations!
Brigette Barrager is not only my daughter's favourite illustrator but mine as well...The Twelve Dancing Princesses is an absolute, visual delight for all ages!
Published 17 months ago by NordicMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
This is a cute story. My 4 yr old granddaughter loves it! It's about princesses with a little mystery to the plot.
Published 18 months ago by Margaret Peterson
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I don't know who loves this book more myself or my daughter. Love, love, love not only the pics but the way the story was written. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Charlamarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
Read this with my 3 year old granddaughter. We both loved it. Will be looking for more books like this to read together .
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