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To Be a Princess

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This stunningly visual, handsomely produced book contains the lives of the world's most fascinating princesses, including: Mary, Elizabeth I, Marie Antoniette, Victoria, Anastasia, Ka'iulani of Hawai'i, Gayatri Devi of India, and sisters Elizabeth II and Margaret Rose. Portraits of each princess are complemented with photographs of their possessions and period artifacts. B ...more
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Although this is a children's book I really enjoyed reading it. They covered quite a few Royal Princesses from Hawaii to England to India and others. Each Princess was a few pages long and was an easy, informative read
A few months ago I read a BYU magazine article on a mother who taught her daughter about real princesses using art history books she had from college. She didn't want her daughter thinking the Disney version was how real princesses lived. I have been trying to find a book that would do that same sort of thing, because they are obsessed with princesses and I would love for them to know what it means to be a real princess in the context of various countries histories. This book was wonderful. It f ...more
Vanessa Centeno
Princesses don’t live only in fairytales. These twelve real princesses are presented with breathtakingly beautiful portraits of their families. From Queen Elizabeth to the brave Ka’iulani, the Hawaiian princess who stood up in a foreign land to speak for the welfare of her people, to Gayatri “Ayesha” Devi, the first maharani to run for parliament--they were more than just beautiful girls—they were strong in character and compassionate towards their people.


Age group: Upper Elementary

genre: Informational Text

Summary: This text is an informational text that supplies much information on what princesses did, wore, looked like, etc. There seems to be endless information that students to research at their age appropriate level about princesses and that era.

Classroom use: I would use this during centers as a supplementary book for a certain time period or interest. I would also want this available in my classroom library so students could look
I read pieces of this. I liked the idea of reading about real princesses to my one princess-obsessed daughter, but this was not not it. You could tell they tried to make it interesting by adding details to make it read like a story, but overall it was just too long and dull for my 6 and 7 year old girls attention spans. It's too bad because their lives were very interesting. Or this book might just work better for a little older children.
MCPLD Youth Department
To be a princess may not be all that a person would hope it to be. The author records the lives of several princesses and tells about their lives. There are beautiful portraits and period artifacts as well a photos to supplement the story.
We are using this as our history cirriculum this year. We are all loving it!
My 8yo daughter told her friends that her favorite subject in school is "Princesses." :-)
I love history, and this is the perfect book to learn about real historical princesses. My favorite story is that of Queen Elizabeth 1.
More for the 4th or 5th grader than the youngster, this book is a nice compilation of a bunch of biographies!
Alyssa Greatbanks
This was a pretty good book. It gave a lot of information, but didn't spend much time on any one princess.
A very insightful book about different princesses with openings that are like stories. Wonderful book!
An interesting look at what it's like to be a REAL princess, not a fairy tale, "happily ever after" princess.
This book has beautiful illustrations.
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