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Real Princesses: An Inside Look at the Royal Life Hardcover – August 21, 2007

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Grade 2–5—Readers who can't get enough of pink-and-purple princess books will be drawn to this title, which promises the real scoop on royal life. The author explains what it means to be a princess, different routes to becoming one, and what princesses do. She offers surprising stories and details about the lives of historical and contemporary figures from around the world, along with substantial information on Princess Diana. While diverse royal lifestyles, such as families living in quarters other than palaces, are mentioned, this book really plays into the media-hyped image of princesses. Much of it covers the stuff of movies and daydreams: designer dresses, gourmet food, jewelry, and weddings. This is done in a general way, implying that every princess lives in luxury, which contradicts earlier statements in the narrative. Nearly all of the drawings show skinny white people in sparkly, revealing outfits. Captioned photos appear throughout. A lack of clear headings, general organization, and tools such as maps and time lines may create frustration for those actually looking for information. Fictional sidebars and slang words, such as "bling," add to the informal feel of the text. Adequate for browsing; opt for specific biographies for focused information.—Amanda Moss, Maywood Elementary School, Monona, WI
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About the Author

VALERIE WILDING is the author of several children's fiction books and of many short stories for children's magazines, radio and TV.  She currently lives in the south of England.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796752
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rosa M. Acevedo on August 26, 2014
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I had to buy two of these books. One was for my granddaughter's 1st grade class after she was told by her classmates there was no way she can be a princess when she grows up :) Nothing like a non fiction book to learn from :)
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I liked this book and picked it because it wasn't a Disney princess book. When I asked my daughter (5) what special things she wanted to study this summer, she said "princesses" and when I asked her what kind, she said "...like Ariel, and Cinderella, and those girls". This was a meet-in-the-middle solution. The book reads like its written for a pre-teen that can read on her own but, it's still great for getting a look inside what real princesses do. Also, I loved that they had princesses from all over the world. Not just European or European-looking princesses. I think that if little girls are going to identify with princesses, that they realized that they come in all shapes, sizes, AND colors.
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There are books which are "Junior Dictionaries" -- dictionaries in rudamentary form, for children. There are "Junior Encyclopedias" --
simplified encylopedias for children. There are science books for young readers, and history books for young readers. Even economics books for young readers. All with "just the facts, m'am" -- the basics, so as not to confuse young minds which may not be ready for all the complexities and contradictions of books for grown-ups on these subjects.

This book, "Real Princesses", by Valerie Wilding, is a lovely, large-format book about a subject that interests just about every little girl -- and many grown-up ladies, too: Princesses! And not fictional princesses from story-book land -- No! This book is all about REAL Princesses!

This book, and books like it, should prove increasingly popular as the years go on. "Indigo children" -- children born with varying -- but usually greater-than-average interest in royalty, psychic abilities, impatience, rebelliousness with authority, and a belief that maybe their parents arent the people they live with, but are somehow in outer space, or English aristocrats or something, are being born in ever-increasing numbers these days. In New Age philosopy, these "indigo children", (and also the heretofore more rarely born "Indigo Adults" of "Generation X" and before), are supposed to be the next step in Human Evolution! NOT free from faults, but having thought patterns which are -- er -- slightly different from others -- the great number of Indigo children being born today, (as well as the fewer, now grown Indigo Adults from genertions past), will REALLY enjoy reading this book, and any other book like it! But, of course, this book is NOT for Indigos only! Anyone can enjoy it, I think....
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