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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905294328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905294329
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 0.4 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornelia Funke is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, international best-selling author. She lives in Los Angeles, USA with her family and a dog called Loonie! Kerstin Meyer lives in Germany and is a well-known children's book illustrator in Europe. This is her fourth Chicken House picture book after The Princess Knight, Pirate Girl and The Wildest Brother. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The princess in question is sick of being a princess, having to look pretty and have everything done for her. She throws her crown away and strikes out from her other two sisters. As a consequence, she is punished by her father and sent to work in the pigsty. The king doesn't imagine for one moment that his daughter will enjoy the freedom and work. As in most fractured fairytales, all ends happily with some compromise on both sides.
My six-year-old son thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sep on 26 April 2014
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I got this for my 3 year old daughter. Perhaps a little difficult but she loved it (as did I!) great feisty little princess!
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A Teacher's Perspective 9 Sept. 2008
By S. White - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic piece of modern fantasy which chronicles the relationship between a young, non-conformist princess and her family. In the story, little Isabella decides good manners, pretty dresses, and being clean are all quite boring. He father (the king) decides to discipline her by sending her first to the kitchen to cook then to the pigsty to work...and Isabella loves her new duties at the castle! Her father finally accepts that Isabella desires a different way of life.

This book holds a special place in my heart because I have a non-conformist, 5-year-old Isabella in my home as well. The story is one of love and acceptance within a healthy family. The parents want only the best for little Isabella...and I can certainly relate to that...but eventually decide that she has her own goals and they must honor her desires to a point. A real-life lesson rolled into a fun fairytale package.

In the classroom, I would read this book alongside other tales involving royalty and castles then compare the tone and style of this book with the others. What elements are the same? How are they different? Children might also rewrite the story starring themselves as the main character. How would they have behaved differently? Another extension might be to place Princess Isabella in a modern day setting. How would the story change?
A "Princess book" with a message I can get behind! 14 Aug. 2011
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Our almost 4 year old daughter has become obsessed with princesses over the course of the past year; unfortunately, everywhere we go, we are inundated with the soul-sucking Disney princesses. Needless to say, she wants every Disney princess book she sees, but I just cannot bring myself to spend money on products based on princesses who teach girls to aspire to be made-up, manicured, skinny zombies with no real personalities.
Thankfully, Cornelia Funke has written this book as well as The Princess Knight. They both teach kids that princesses can be cool, independent girls who refuse to live their lives on anyone else's terms but their own.
Funke's princesses are wonderful antidotes to the cloying, awful Disney princesses, and I cannot recommend this book enough.
Funny with a deeper lesson 2 Dec. 2007
By Sylena L. Schendel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a really cute book. It is intended to be dramatic and humurous and should be read that way because it is fun. The yelling of the king should be taken with humor becasue no one ever disagrees with him and it is supposed to be funny. The little princess fights for what she wants and there is only one page that mentioins kicking but it is ultimately to defend herself from people trying to physically force her to do something she doesn't want to. If your family really has a problem with this, then just add a personal comment about how that is not a nice way to solve your problems. Ultimately, the book is about a little girl who is different from her family and while her family is angry at first, they ultimately accept her for who she is.
Spunky character who wants to use her brain! 8 Jun. 2014
By Sally - Published on
Format: Paperback
My kids and I really loved this book. We laughed a lot. The youngest princess finally has enough of the boring princess routine, and she rebels against all of it. Her father tries to teach her a lesson and sends her first to the kitchen to work and then to the pigsty. She ends up loving both jobs simply because she is learning so much. She's finally able to use her brain, and she enjoys learning basic ideas about how the world works. While she's rebellious and defiant in the beginning, we see her transform into a happy and enthusiastic child when she discovers these new ways to live. Luckily by the end we see that her father, the king, finally recognizes her joy and appreciates his child's personality.

I highly recommend this book for parents who want to expand princess images for their children...along the lines of Not All Princesses Wear Pink and Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

I understand parents' concerns about a character who is snotty and rude, but that isn't how I took this character. I guess I never saw her identified with my family in the same way that I don't see Cinderella or Snow White identified with my family. I saw the character as a Disney-type princess who finds her voice and figures out a strategy for living a new way. To me, she's a role model. While I want my children to be polite, I don't always want them to be obedient. I suppose the story could've had the princess use her words to express her frustration and dismay at her life, but that wouldn't have made a very interesting story. I also got the impression that she had already tried that strategy.
Anti-Princess 10 Mar. 2014
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I bought this book for my niece who has fallen for the Princess Industrial Complex hook, line and sinker. She loves this book and I'm hopeful that the message in this book will penetrate deeper than the Disney version.
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