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The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East

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A princess promises to marry the prince who finds the most precious treasure.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by Holiday House (first published 1994)
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Many seek to marry the princess, but she likes three princes the best, and one, Prince Mohsen, is who she wants to marry. But he is poor and so she gives him a chance to find riches by sending the three princes out to find rare things on their travels. She will marry the one who returns with the greatest wonder. One prince finds a crystal ball that can tell what is happening anywhere in the world, another finds a flying carpet that can transport riders in a flash, and Prince Mohsen finds an oran ...more
Brightly colored illustrations have a curiously soft texture to them. Has small text boxes with explanations of phrases or words.
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Mar 08, 2011 529_Quincy Owens rated it it was amazing
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Melissa Mcavoy
Jul 08, 2014 Melissa Mcavoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore, 2nd, 4th, 1st, 3rd
Retelling of a tale about a princess as wise as she is beautiful who promises to marry the prince who finds the most precious treasure. Very satisfying.
Nov 25, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: folktales
A princess who was as beautiful as she was wise devised a plan to marry the prince who brings back the rarest thing found in his travels.
2nd grade - 4th grade

This wonderfully illustrated picture book uses a classic arabic style to ad a traditional feel to this classic Middle Eastern tale. The story is an interpretation of the traditional tale told in "Arabian Nights." The author makes a note as to where and when he first heard the tale. This would probably fall into the category of easy reader. But as a fable it is a fairly interesting tale, where everyone lives happily ever-after.

Language Arts/Social Studies

Lesson Plan: Retell
Kathryn Ehlert
I loved this book. It's great for making predictions
Apr 08, 2016 Teri rated it liked it
Loved predicting what would happen!
Jan 04, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-readers
In The Three Princes, it is the princes who are competing for the hand of a beautiful and wise princess. When all three help save the princess from death, she is able to choose the prince who sacrificed the most to save her and who, incidentally, was the prince she loved all along. It’s a charming story with captivating illustrations and a strong female character and no real villain.
Jan 31, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-children
This was a good fairy tale and the plot was fun. My only real issues is that the illustrations didn't keep the attention I had hoped. I'd kind of hoped the princess married all three men.
Sep 25, 2013 Abby rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children
Shelves: c_books
This is a lovely story about a princess that sets her 3 suitors a task to find out which is most worthy of her hand in marriage.
Janine Weston
The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East
Grades 1-4 (NF) Booklegger Fall Program
Jun 12, 2011 Gail rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Better for the over three crowd. Nice illustrations, and moral.
Aug 22, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Picture Book, beautiful pictures, lexile 770.
Sep 06, 2007 Rand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nice twist on an old idea. girls will like it.
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Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn’t want to go there. He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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