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The Twelve Dancing Princesses Paperback – October 1, 1993

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Amazon.com Review

This Grimm fairy tale tells the story of twelve royal sisters who are locked in their room each night. Mysteriously, by morning, all their shoes are worn out from dancing! With the help of a magic cloak, a humble, intelligent gardener solves this intriguing enigma. In the process, he wins the love of the youngest princess and the favor of the king. Ruth Sanderson--who calls her own artistic style "romantic yet realistic"--has retold and illustrated well-received editions of Papa Gatto, an Italian tale, and Rose Red and Snow White, the Grimm fairy tale. Her beautiful, richly colored oil paintings of princesses, their detailed dresses, the castles, and enchanted forests will make young readers believe in the magical world of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. (Ages 5 to 9) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Given the recent publication of at least three other retellings of this classic tale of the princesses who mysteriously dance each night away, one may question the need for yet another edition. While certain aspects of Sanderson's oil paintings are lovely, this version is somewhat flawed. With their rich, muted colors and intricate detail, the illustrations capture the story's magic and romance, while recreating the lavish dress and customs of the 15th century. At its best--showing the youngest princess standing in the royal garden or the 12 sisters making their way through a golden forest--Sanderson's art recalls Italian paintings of the era she depicts. The characters' faces and several hairstyles, however, are decidedly contemporary, as if a group of high school youths were attending a masquerade ball. In addition, the book's design is curiously flat and uninteresting: other than the paintings themselves, the pages have a starkness that belies the story's innate elegance. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316770620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316770620
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I loved two things the most when I was growing up - fairy tales and horses. And over the past 30-odd years I have been drawing and painting them both for the many books I have illustrated. I also love cats. My newest book is A CASTLE FULL OF CATS. Many of my fairy tales are now back in print, including THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, CINDERELLA, and THE SNOW PRINCESS. GOLDEN DREAMS, THE ART OF RUTH SANDERSON, an art book on my 40-year career as an illustrator, including my work for the Nancy Drew series, is available both through Amazon and my website. Visit www.ruthsanderson.com for the latest about my upcoming books.

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I've said it in another review and I'll say it again: every home should have at least one Ruth Sanderson book in their children's bookshelves, and her retelling of 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses' would be a pretty good choice.
The king of a prosperous kingdom has twelve beautiful daughters, but is confused at the state of their shoes each morning - each pair is worn through, although the door to their bedroom is locked. Where are the princesses going and how are they getting out? Many men are sent to guard the princesses with the promise that if they solve the mystery they may gain one of their hands in marriage, but all the young princes disappear by morning. But one day Michael comes to the castle as a helper to the gardener with the magical gift of an invisibility cloak given to him by an old woman on the road. Instantly smitten with the youngest princess Lina, Michael hides in the girls' bedroom under his cloak and watches them creep through a secret trapdoor, through glittering woods and across a vast lake to a castle... but how is a mere commoner supposed to inform the king of this and secure the love of his youngest daughter?
Ruth Sanderson once again brings to life a beautiful fairytale with her glorious oil paintings, making this a must for any bookshelf, or lovers of fairytales or fine art. Despite the fact there are twelve princesses, the illustrations are never cluttered, and Sanderson captures water, material, hair and even glances between one figure to another realistically, yet with a whimsical and fantasy touch.
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Ruth Sanderson's 'Twelve Dancing Princesses' is a fresh, deftly written take on the original fairy tale. The characters come alive, and the writing captures the childlike innocence of a fairy-tale world without being saccharine. However, what really makes this book stand out are the gorgeous illustrations. Sanderson's sumptuous oil paintings enrich the tale, and are works of art in their own right. Even without words, she knows how to create an atmosphere of mystery and of magic.
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By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This retelling of a well-known story is done with great care and authenticity. The artwork is rich and full of detail, pulling the reader into the story. My daughter has checked this out from her school library many, many times over the past few years and now wants a copy of her own. It has held her attention and imagination for many happy hours.
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By sabrina on October 20, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I read this book for a college course and am still amazed. The illustrations are extraordinary and the story is purely magical. This is a beautiful and uplifting story for all ages.
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Ruth Sanderson's luscious artwork sets apart her
version of the classic story. Sanderson
made some changes from other versions; the hero
is not a soldier, but a young man seeking his fortune.
The text creates a romantic atmosphere
my daughter loved, and the illustrations of
young and vital characters support the story beautifully.
This is the version to get
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Having enjoyed looking at children's book since childhood this illustrated book is absolutely amazing. Each page is beautifully illustrated in Oil based paint, such exquisite artistry in a book made for children. The detail of each painting serves to tell the tale without words.
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This rendition of Twelve Dancing Princesses is absolutely gorgeous! The detail and expression in the illustrations really brings the classic tale to life. The rich, luminous illustrations beg for the story to be read again and again, taking time to linger over the images. The story tells a wonderful lesson for children and adults. I highly recommend this book!
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I owned this book as a child, and it was definitely one of my favorites. I was (and still am) an avid reader, and even if I didn't want to read the whole book, I definitely would flip through it on a regular basis just to look at the beautiful artwork. I had planned on having my daughters read (and in turn, hopefully love it as much as I did), but unfortunately my oldest decided it made a fantastic noise as its' paper ripped when she was about two years old. I definitely am going to replace this book in their library, now that I have the exact title and the authors' name again.
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