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THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES

Author: Ruth Sanderson

Illustrator: Ruth Sanderson

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Publisher: Clockroot Books, 2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: The princesses were locked in the castle at dusk. So how could they wear out their shoes dancing every night? Finally, the king promises that any man who solves the mystery of the worn-out shoes shall have his youngest daughter's hand in marriage. If the princes who are assigned to guard the princesses disappear, how can anyone hope to solve this mystery. This is an ornately illustrated re-telling of this classic fairy tale.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 5.2

Age of Child: Read with and by a 10-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations captivated my daughter. She enjoyed reading the story through the pictures (as opposed to reading the text).

Adult Reader Reaction: No detail is left undone in this beautifully created fairy tale. Although the story was somewhat familiar, the story was fresh and I enjoyed the historical accuracy of the princesses' costumes.

Pros: Beautiful images illuminate and freshen a classic fairy tale.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Normally we'd say borrow because your child will probably outgrow fairy tales, but this one is so beautiful it is like having a children's coffee table book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GRANDMOTHERS' STORIES; Wise Woman Tales from Many Cultures   PACO AND THE GIANT CHILE PLANT / PACO Y PLANTA DE CHILE GIGANTE   THE BEE-MAN OF ORN

Educational Themes: Fairy tales are stories meant to be shared and enjoyed. They are visual stories that have been retold by authors and illustrators for generations. One way to enjoy the story may be to read a selection of versions to see what changes / what is the same.

Notes: The Reading Tub® reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fairy tale

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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