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King and King [Hardcover]

Linda De Haan , Stern Nijland
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1 Dec 2002
The Crown Kitty
and Friends
Cordially Invite You
to Celebrate
a Royal Wedding

Reception to follow
in the Royal Gardens

Bring Lots of Presents

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582460612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582460611
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 25.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Royal Love 15 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book as part of a themed collection but its strengths mean that it bears comparison with any children books. Quite simply, it is one of my favourites. Artistically, it is wonderfully colourful with a range of bright colours and fun textures. There are cunning visual jokes and little details scattered throughout, which means this books repays rereading.

The story begins in a traditional vein, with the prince who must marry so that his mother can retire. The choice of princesses allows the artist and writer to show off their comic skills in a series of one-page princesses, performing before the prince and his mother, completed with a two page spread of the splendid climax, followed by a wedding, celebration and conclusion where nobody is left out, ignored or belittled.

Finally, the main reason why this book is notorious. The same-sex pairing is unproblematic here. For the princes, it is love at first sight, and marriage is the natural result, just as it would be between prince and princess. This is accepted and is a cause for jubilation by the other characters. A more joyous and pleasant take on this theme would be hard to find, making this work a natural choice for those who want their little ones to have a rosier perspective on same-sex romance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 28 May 2013
By Stevie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I initially bought this when I read an article in the newspaper about parents who demanded this book be removed from a school library as it depicted same sex relationships. Visually the book is stunning. It has great visual jokes on all pages. I used to love reading this and it was my most requested lead aloud last year with my year 1s!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, simple book 7 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book has the most fantastic illustrations and imagery.

I bought this book for my children who have to grow up with lesbian grandparents (my parents) and deal with the casual cruelties of the playground. After reading it together and not commenting on the same sex partnership my nearly-9 year old son said to me, "It's ok to be gay, isn't it Mummy?"

I think this is a fantastic book. It has little text on the pages and could be read (in my opinion) to 6 year olds upwards. After my efforts at telling my children "gay" comments they hear in the playground are unacceptable and discriminatory I think seeing the message in the official context of a book helped to confirm the message.

I would like to thank Linda De Haan if she ever reads this review (!) for writing this wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story 14 Aug 2014
Format:Hardcover
This book is brilliant, I bought it (along with several other books) for our nursery as part of our drive to develop our approach to equality and diversity. It has a great storyline, which approaches the subject of homosexuality in a gentle and humorous way, rather than the rather dry 'I have two daddies' approach that most books seem to take. It has provoked lots of discussions amongst our four-year olds about whether boys and girls can and should marry each other and, I feel, has laid the foundations for them to be more open and tolerant towards other people. A couple of parents have approached me to discuss their concerns about the book, so it has also opened up opportunities to challenge their views and to talk about our commitment to diversity and inclusion as a setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars king and king 12 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book has really colourful illustrations. its really quirky and I love the diverse storyline. I love having it on my bookshelf and read it to my daughter.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 4 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
I had this as a 30th birthday present, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I wish I'd had this book when I was a toddler, though I think my parents would have found it even more enlightening than I would have.

It is beautifully illustrated, and the story is perfect in its simplicity: a Prince falls in love with another Prince, they marry and adopt a child. It's a normal thing for two people to fall in love. The sooner people realise this, the better.

Can't rate this gorgeous book highly enough.
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