The Princess Knight Paperback – June 1, 2004
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- ASIN : 1904442145
- Publisher : Gardners Books (June 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0439678528
- ISBN-13 : 978-0439678520
- Reading age : 2 - 6 years
- Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.08 x 11.18 inches
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But reviewer "Pam Tee" hit the nail on the head. This is a great life lesson book for older kids.
The story is a great way to introduce kids to the idea that sometimes life really rots, but you don't whine or wallow in self-pity, you make the best of it. It's a man's world (still!) but that doesn't automatically make girls victims; you just learn to play the game better than the boys. This story shows what can happen when a very precocious and clever girl does just that. Yes, some themes younger kids won't get, but still an excellent lesson.
Regarding the queen: Life isn't fair. Sometimes people die. In the real world, you don't get to choose when your kids will experience that for the first time. (Put your modern squeamishness aside for a moment and remember that up until less than a century ago, childbirth was THE #1 killer of adult women. Orphanages are not a recent invention.) If you're that freaked out by the queen dying, wait until your kids are older.
Having said that, my six-year-old girls took to it just fine.
So, four stars only because it's not really for younger kids, the themes are too hard to explain.
Reading some of the other reviews, we never focused on the part where the mother died. Like so man things kids are not deal with yet, DD so far ignored that part as far as I can tell, and I did not push it, knowing she would ask questions when she is ready.
Definitely recommend this book, if you are ready for a good laugh yourself when you read bedtime stories.
This teaches 2 things:
1. That girls can do anything boys can do; even traditionally male things.
2. That you don't have to follow the expected path.
I bought this for my daughter who is too young to appreciate it, but my 4 year old son loves it too.