Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
In honor of the royal marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, to take place on April 29th, 2011,
this month we humbly present to you some of our favorite books about princes and princesses.
The Very Fairy Princess
by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier
by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
Princess Lenore wants the moon-- a request that stumps her father, the king, and all his courtiers. This classic tale is a reminder that some of the hardest problems may be solved quite easily, if we think about them in a different way. A Caldecott Medal Winner.
by Shannon Hale
J FICTION HALE
Miri and her family live on Mount Eskel, where the villagers earn a meager living pounding stone from the quarry. But when the King's priests divine that the prince's bride-to-be will come from Mount Eskel, all the eligible girls-- Miri included-- are sent to a makeshift academy where they will learn royal ways and compete to be chosen by the prince. An intriguing tale full of twists that was a Newbery Honor Book in 2006.
The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be
written and illustrated by Mini Grey
A cute spoof on the story about the Princess and the Pea, told from the point of view of the pea herself!
Song for a Princess
by Rachael Mortimer, illustrated by Maddy McClennan
The princess and her best friend share songs and stories together in the garden of her palace. Their friendship and laughter delight all the birds in the kingdom. When the princess's best friend has to leave, all of the kingdom becomes sad and gray. The birds each try to find a way to cheer up the princess and bring back the sunshine and happiness. With the magic of words and song a small and ordinary birdie reminds the princess that friendships are forever.
Princess Says Goodnight
by Naomi Howland, illustrated by David Small
This is an adorable story of a little girl pretending she is a princess while getting ready for bed. She transforms her normal bedtime routine into a royal adventure. Rhyming text and charming illustrations make this the perfect book to read before tucking your little princess in for the night!
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess
by Carolyn Meyer
J FICTION ROYAL
The story of Anastasia has intrigued the world for many years. Through young Anastasia Romanovís eyes, readers are given a heart-wrenching look into one of the most dramatic times in history, filled with both beauty and desperation. Part of the Royal Diaries series.
Such a Prince
by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by John Manders
This amusing story is an anti-Cinderella tale in which the ailing Princess Vera must eat three perfect peaches to get well-- and marry the suitor who brings them. Well of course there are three princes to woo Vera, and a fairy called Libby Gaborchik. The strong and handsome princes, Sheldon and Harvey, are rude to the fairy, and unsuccessful. The third prince, Marvin, is thin and weak, but tells the fairy of his intentions to bring his old mother to live with them in the castle. "Such a prince" exclaims Libby, and the kind and honest Marvin cures Princess Vera, and wins her hand in marriage. The funny and clever illustrations perfectly complement this story.
The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
A princess outsmarts a dragon and gets rid of a prince and finds out that smart is more important than pretty.
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We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a link to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold.
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