I am not the most girly type of woman. But even I wanted to be a princess when I was little. I did not want to be an actual princess, who has to learn to be diplomatic, attend boring meetings, discuss policy with councilors, and put up with the attentions of not necessarily handsome princes. I wanted to be a fairy tale princess - beautiful, cosseted, rich and talented.
So, to celebrate Princesses everywhere on this Carnival Tuesday, here is a list of my favorite princess books:
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. A dragon destroys everything - including a princess' wardrobe AND kidnaps a handsome prince. Dressed in a paper bag, our princess hunts down the evil lizard. (Picture Book)
The Magic Fishbone by Charles Dickens. Alicia manages the castle and the little princes and princesses quite well with just her cleverness. The magic fishbone in her apron pocket must be saved for just the right wish. Happy ending, everyone!!! (Short story suitable for ages 4 through 10, and for adults who like Dickens)
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. Miri and the other girls in her mountain village must learn how to be princesses because one of them will marry the prince. Also - bandits try to kidnap them and they have to protect themselves. Bad guys; jealousy; mean teachers; resourcefulness! (Middle grade through teen)
Hmmm, there are many, many more princess books around then are dreamt of in your philosophies, dear Horatio. But here is just one more.
I am going to add I am Princess X by Cherie Priest because the story is a bit incredible but the combination of graphics and text and the suspense, clues, and sleuthing add up to a roller coaster ride of a book. (Teen - action-adventure, violent crimes, risk taking)