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The Princess Knight (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) (edition 2004)

by Cornelia Funke

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Title:The Princess Knight (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))
Authors:Cornelia Funke
Info:The Chicken House (2004), Hardcover, 32 pages
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The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke (Author), Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator)
Chicken House (2004), Edition: First US Edition, 32 pages

The Princess Knight is a picture book written by Cornelia Funke and illustrated by Kerstin Meyer. This book belongs in the traditional fantasy genre because of the presence of knights, kings, and princesses.

The Princess Knight is about a princess named Violet who has been raised by her father, the king, in the same way her three brothers had been raised. She had been trained to ride horses and joust, so she developed a strong sense of self. It's this determination that leads her to rebel against her father when he decided to hold a tournament to decide who would marry Violet. She then decides to impersonate a knight and compete for her own hand.

One thing that I really appreciated about The Princess Knight was how it subverts the traditional princess narrative and allows Violet to have her own agency and individuality. Violet doesn't want to have her husband chosen for her and resents being offered as a prize, especially when she was as talented as the other knights. When the book eventually tells us that Violet gets married, it's such an afterthought that it's kind of a joke. "And who did she marry? Well, if you MUST know, many years later, she married the rose gardener's son and lived and happily ever after."

Violet is an incredibly strong character and an excellent role model for young girls, and The Princess Knight is a great story about not conforming to what is expected of you and following what makes you happy. ( )
  RyanFraer | Nov 2, 2015 |
27 months - Yay for girls being able to do what the boys do! This is a fun read for a little girl.

35 months - found a near mint hard copy at the Goodwill and had to have it! ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Ooh - wonderful. The illustrations were so fun, with all the detail. And the titular twist was done with perfect grace and verve. Violetta is smart, brave, resourceful, and kind. What parent wouldn't want their little girl to be like her? Well done - I'm going to be recommending this one. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
There are several reasons why I enjoy this story. The book tells a tale of a young princess who wants everyone to know she can be as brave and strong as her brothers. The language and writing are very engaging and descriptive. The story is paced well and the events flow nicely. The illustrations are appropriate for the mood of the story, which takes place during Medieval Times. I really enjoy the princess character named Violet. Violet is an extremely determined young girl who wants to prove to her family that she can fight in knight battles. Unfortunately, her brothers refuse to let Violet participate in their knight activities because she is a girl. Her father insists that she gets married because that is what a female should do with her life, not fight in battles. Although knight battles are not prevalent in today’s society, female readers who face gender injustices daily can relate to Violet’s situation. I believe the conflict between what is expected of Violet and what she really wants in life creates a dynamic plot. I love that Violet refuses to follow this stereotype and secretly practices jousting until it is time for the jousting tournament. Violet disguises herself as a boy, competes and wins the contest, and then reveals her true identity. Her father and brothers realize that Violet is just as capable at fighting in battles as any boy. The book pushes readers to think about gender roles and the stereotypes placed on male and females. Readers may realize that girls are stronger than society portrays them to be. The big idea of the story is girls can succeed in any competition, even if it is a competition mainly for boys. Determination to succeed and be included has a positive outcome, and I believe this is a very important message for girls and boys to understand. ( )
  jgiann2 | Apr 21, 2014 |
Very cute story. ( )
  nicdar111 | Jun 19, 2013 |
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Cornelia Funkeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meyer, KerstinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cornelia Funke, author of the bestselling Thief Lord, tells a short, sweet story about a brave little princess with a mind of her own.

King Wilfred's three sons learn to become big, bad knights the way any boisterous boys would: "They learned riding and jousting, fighting with swords...They learned how to stride proudly and how to shout very loudly." At her father's urging, young Princess Violetta tries to keep up with the same lessons, "even though she was so small she could hardly lift a sword at all!" Despite her brothers' teasing and laughing, Violetta continues to practice--even secretly at night. Soon enough, Violetta becomes "so nimble and quick" that when practicing with her brothers, "their spears and swords just hit the empty air." But then King Wilfred does the unthinkable: For his Violetta's sixteenth birthday, he plans a jousting tournament designed to bring "the bravest knights in the land flocking to the castle" to win…her hand in marriage! Violetta is outraged: "You want me to marry some dimwit in a tin suit?" Fortunately, of course, the princess finds a way to come to her own rescue.

Funke does well in this picturebook format, but Kerstin Meyer's delicate and extremely cute illustrations set the quiet, measured (but still fun) tone of the Princess Knight, as she takes inspiration from a bona fide medieval piece of art--the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:23 -0400)

Violetta is a little princess who is determined to be as big and strong as her brothers. She secretly teaches herself to become the cleverest, bravest, most nimble knight in the land.

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