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Number of Pages: 40
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 10.75 X 9.00 (inches)|
There was once a princess the most beautiful in all the land. The search is on! The king determines to find a young man worthy of the hand of the princess. The knights of the kingdom endure tests and challenges to show their courage and strength. But those qualities alone will not win the kings approval or the princesss heart. The right knight must prove his kindness and character . . . And the real meaning of true love.
New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is Americas favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several womens groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.
Kingsbury, a bestselling author of adult inspirational fiction, appeals to a young audience in this original fairy tale with a faith-based message. Deciding that only a knight who treasured the princess for who she was on the inside is worthy of her hand, the king sets up a series of trials for his daughters would-be suitors, including essays on loyalty and faith. In the final challenge, the knights must imagine that they are carrying the princess and race their horses closest to the cliffs edge. Only the third and last night knight refuses to participate: I love the princess . . . I wouldnt take her anywhere near that cliff. Even by fairy-tale standards, the kings last test is an odd concept, but it ably illustrates Kingsburys strong message: True love always protects. Grimards cheerful, mixed-media artwork adheres closely to fairytale conventions, starting with the blond, blue-eyed princess, but the bright, attractive scenes will easily hold childrens attention. Families seeking picture books that directly address God and faith will welcome this offering.
Christianfictionaddiction5 Stars Out Of 5Guaranteed to be an instant hit with your daughterNovember 4, 2012ChristianfictionaddictionQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From talented author Karen Kingsbury comes a wonderful story of a King who challenges the knights in the land to win the hand of his precious princess. After enduring tests of their strength and courage, three knights stand poised to win her hand, with only one challenge left to determine the final victor. Each knight must imagine that the princess is on their horse, and race as close as possible to a cliff's edge. However, little do the knights know that what the King really values is the one who will treasure his daughter simply for who God has made her to be. As the final test unfolds before a spellbound crowd, you may be surprised at just who captures the heart of the princess!
My girls absolutely love this story, and we have read it over and over again. They were immediately captivated by the idea of a contest being held to determine who would marry the princess, and were gripped by the suspense of the final challenge. Kingsbury has put her story-telling gift to excellent use, crafting a story that is beautiful to read and will leave you smiling from ear to ear. The illustrations from Grimard are simply gorgeous, and I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the most beautiful children's books I have come across in some time. I also couldn't be happier about my children enjoying a book with such a powerful message about the importance of faith and God and the true nature about love, which is patient and kind and always protects.
I urge you to get this book for your children, as I guarantee that it will be an instant hit. I highly recommend it and award it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Zondervan (Zonderkidz), for the purposes of this unbiased review.
girlsmamaEdgewood, WAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Fairy tale for little girlsApril 6, 2011girlsmamaEdgewood, WAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Karen Kingsbury not only writes life-changing fiction for adults, but for our children as well in the lovely tale entitled "The Princess and the Three Knights". With beautiful and intricate illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard the story just comes to life. The Princess is a beautiful girl on the outside, again as beautifully demonstrated through the illustrations, as she is on the inside. Her father the king is in search of a knight with a heart as beautiful as that of his daughter and so he arranges a competition to find such a knight. This competition will test the knight to ascertain if he has the right character qualities such as courage, strength and a deep faith in God. In the end the character of the right knight is shown and there is a happily ever after.
This story starts out with the scripture from 1 Cor.13:4,7 and really highlights the scriptural principle that "Love protects". I really appreciated the author's pointing out that the character and faith of the knight was the most important thing- really good lessons for little girls. As the mother of girls, I think this is important to drive home. I'm sure that you will enjoy reading this beautifull illustrated and well-written book to the special little girl(s) in your life.
NJchurchNJAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great storyFebruary 7, 2011NJchurchNJAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great message in this story for both girls and boys! I love the ending!
sniperrecon1Alabaster, ALAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5My daughter loved this book!December 31, 2010sniperrecon1Alabaster, ALAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It had a great story with scripture and a great message. The pictures were beautiful and my daughter really, really loved it!
bookwormAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 18, 2010bookwormAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a very good book for children. The illustrations are wonderful. The life lesson is great.