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The Twelve Dancing Princesses (edition 2009)

by Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)

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Title:The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Authors:Rachel Isadora
Other authors:Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:folklore, magical, trickery, king, princess, marriage, mystery, discovery, gr. k-3, multicultural

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The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora



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This story is about a royal African family. One important theme in this story revolves around control. The father wants to keep his daughters locked away at night, which results in them rebelling to such treatment. They sneak out to a secret underground world of parties and dancing. Another important theme is that of honesty, truth and virtue. When their father asks his daughters if the soldier spoke the truth, they confess to their father. This would be a good addition to a traditional tale/fairytale unit of study.
  MissMurray2014 | Jun 2, 2014 |
"Twelve Dancing Princesses” is a traditional fairytale told by a different culture. This is what made this book so interesting for me. I really liked that the styles of dress that was shown in the book was not what I tend to imagine when I imagine princesses. Not only was the differences shown with clothing but hair styles, jewelry, and lifestyle. Also, the illustrations were really neat, they almost looked like they had been done by cutting out different pieces of paper, sometimes painted and sometimes patterned. The main idea of this story was to retell an old fairytale about princesses. ( )
  CatherineWillett | Apr 29, 2014 |
This is an interesting folktale story about a king who's 12 daughters appear to be escaping at night because their shoes are worn down in the morning. He grants the right to any prince who discovers where they are going at night the hand in marriage of any of his daughters. While the illustrations are beautiful, the story line is anticlimactic and certainly doesn't give much credit or say to the 12 princesses. ( )
  KelseyDavison | Feb 10, 2014 |
Another blahsome retelling of a Brothers Grimm story by Rachel Isadora. These retellings have all the personality of a wet paper bag. The artwork is cool, but what about the STORY? Kids want excitement and fun, not a Wikipedia synopsis.

Two questions here as well:
1) How are these princesses able to do this every single night? They are (presumably) awake all day, doing princessly things, and then all night long they traipse through the woods, dance until their shoes are worn through, and then traipse BACK through the woods to go home. How much dancing do you think it would actually take to wear through a pair of shoes every night? Even a thin pair of slippers? I think a lot. How are they not exhausted?

This leads me back to the story having no personality... A little magic would add a lot to this story. For instance if the slippers themselves are magic, or each new pair is imbued with magic, and they are able to extend the night and dance as much as they want without getting tired as long as they are wearing the slippers, but when they wear through, they must go back and sleep. Or maybe they have a deal with 5 Hour Energy and get unlimited supply. Something!

2) How friggin' selfish & sociopathic are these bitches that they will allow men to come try to figure out their secret, and pretty much condemn them to death by sedating them with spiked wine? I mean jeez... You'd think that King Daddy would cut off THEIR heads after a while! Think how much they must be costing him. 12 pairs of shoes a night for uncounted nights, plus secret tunnel installation, plus sedatives, and wine to put it in, plus Headman & axe, plus Headman's salary and grinding wheel for axe upkeep, and body and blood cleanup and head recovery personnel and their salaries...

I know MY dad wouldn't put up with that. He'd make me go barefoot at the very least. ( )
  TheBecks | Apr 1, 2013 |
A king was the father of twelve princesses. Every morning the king would find his princesses' shoes worn out as if they had been dancing all night. He was very confused to how this was happening because he lock them in their room all night. The king decided that he was going to allow a man to marry one of his princesses if he could find out where they go at night. A solider was determined he would find out, but he was not sure how. Until he met an old lady that gave him a cloak that made him invisible. That night he pretended he was sleeping and when the princesses left he followed them. He did this for a few nights before he told the king. Finally he told the king and the princesses said it was true. That same day the solider got to marry the oldest princess and everyone got to dance all night! A great book to show children when teaching about folklore. It shows children that classic fairy tales can be interpreted into many forms and cultures. ( )
  jaimie919 | Mar 21, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142414506, Paperback)

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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The mystery of how the king's beautiful daughters manage to get out of their locked room and somehow wear holes in their shoes every night is one of the Brothers Grimm's most enchanting tales.

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