Mpunzanyana, the brave princess of the South African Xhosa, marries a five-headed serpent to save her sister. Lina, the spoiled princess of Germany, foolishly turns away the love of a king. And Maix, a headstrong princess of the Central American Maya, defies her father and runs away with her true love--only to be captured by an ogre.
Join these three princesses and many more for a breathtaking journey around the world and back through time, where anything can happen--including a happy ending.
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Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.
Grade 3-5Originally published as a picture book, A Treasury of Princesses (HarperCollins, 1996), these seven stories are now presented in chapter-book format. In them, princesses can be heavenly bodies, show wisdom and courage, be put under spells, be imperfect, be imprisoned, or marry a beastly or transformed bridegroom. Each selection features a full-page black-and-white drawing and is preceded by an introduction that discusses similar tales. Source notes are included. With the possible exception of Psyche, most of these offerings will be new to young readers, but motifs such as a frog princess and a figure not unlike Brer Rabbit will be recognizable. This version will appeal to readers looking for chapter books that challenge them. It would work well in reading-discussion groups along with collections such as Bruce Lanskys Girls to the Rescue (Meadowbrook, 1995). However, libraries that already own Climos earlier volume, or that already have large collections of folk and fairy tales, may not need to purchase it.Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Angelo Tillery (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # 0064421023