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The Twelve Dancing Princesses [Paperback]

Rachel Isadora

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Nov. 17 2009
A Caldecott Honor?winning illustrator gives this classic fairy tale a brand?new setting!

Night after night, the twelve princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes. But how? The king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery. Rachel Isadora has revitalized and reimagined this well-loved Brothers Grimm fairytale by bringing the story of the twelve princesses to Africa. The unique presentation of this classic tale is sure to enchant readers with its vibrant imagery.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (Nov. 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142414506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414507
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sigh Jan. 17 2011
By Ulyyf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I like this book, and Ms. Isadora's other fairy tale books, in principle. I am beyond the moon at the idea of having these fairy tales set in Africa, with non-white characters. The illustrations are great, and the concept is wonderful. (Believe me, we've had too too many conversations with the older niece about how no, she doesn't need long straight blond hair to be a princess, and her hair is beautiful just the way it is.)

However, I have the same problem with this book that I did with her version of The Princess and the Pea, and that's the text. This version is so incredibly bare bones that it feels like half the story is missing. The soldier who wins does so by getting advice from an old woman - but why does she tell him how to save the day? Does he help her? Does she like him? Is he just nice? Who knows? The story doesn't give her any reason to help him at all.

Most fairy tales I read are written with some pretense that the people have motivations and feelings and thoughts. This one is just... character archetypes and standard plot. There's nothing wrong with that, but I really wish that this version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses was more fleshed out, with the text to match the artwork.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Blonde Princesses who don't wear Pink Jan. 26 2013
By Susan O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read every week to kids at a clinic in Brooklyn, and have had to search for kid lit that has compelling art, interesting copy, and relevance to a gaggle of little kids who love princes and princesses, but have little in common with blonde princesses and their armored blue-eyed consorts. This book was quite the find on all counts. What a refreshing take on Grimm this is--one that shows my little audience that you can still be royal in red gowns and multiple bow-trimmed braids. Hurrah for Rachel Isadora, her eye-popping art and her beautiful African cast of characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the illustrations knock my socks off April 8 2011
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rachel Isadora's colors just grab your eyes. I love her illustration on one of the first pages of the twelve beautiful princesses, every one of them with her own look.

What I like about the book also becomes what I almost *don't like* about the book. Every illustration is a two-page spread. So, in the beginning, you get all this amazing scenery and close ups of the worn out slippers and a close up of the snoring soldier...But then, as you get to the end, you are out of pages!

The story wraps up with the soldier marrying the oldest daughter, even though they have not found time in storyland to fall in love. Ah, well. It's worth it to have these glorious illustrations. Well done!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Jan. 27 2013
By Kristin King, Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was a delightful telling of the sneaky princesses and the prince who learns their secret. The African textures and art work were beautifully crafted making the whole a cultural experience as well as a fun tale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance On and I Will Dance With You Dec 8 2010
By Street Guy Professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora is the most stunning interpretaion of the classic fairytale. I am so pleased that Ms. Isadora is looking at many fairytales with a different way and that the books reflect images from Africa, my original home. I have sent a number of these books to a small school in Senegal and the children are so happy. They are doing their own collage pictures based on the book. I also sent them The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea and Hanzel and Gretel. Some children are familiar with the original fairytales but most are not yet they understand that the new books of Ms. Isadora highlight the world they experience everyday and are delighted that these books come from America and yet show Africa. I think American children, who know the fairytales, will also delight in the fresh interpretations. I hope Ms. Isadora will do many, many more because we love them all!
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