The Princess Knight
King Wilfred's three sons learn to become big, bad knights the way any boisterous boys would: "They learned riding and jousting, fighting with swords...They learned how to stride proudly and how to shout very loudly." At her father's urging...more
By and large, I enjoyed the story. There wasn't really anything "special" in the telling (such as really vibrant word choice or a unique author style) but the story itself was definitely fun and captivating. I love that it's a "strong princess" story without trying to fly in the face of all...more
King Wilfred the Worthy knows how to raise sons. So when the Queen gives birth to a daughter (and the Queen promptly dies), Princess Violetta is raised in the same manner as her brothers. At first she’s laughed at because she’s too small and weak to ride the horses and swing a sword, but with a little determination, the Princess finds that extra practice and doing it her way (not her father’s) makes her a very successful knight. When she turns 16, th...more
The little princess in this story shows our children that they can achieve whatever goal they desire with a lot of hard work and determination, to not let others bully them into not believing in themself, and that all that hard work might pay off in a big...more
All my life I have been taught to ride horses, fight with a sword, and joust along with my three older brothers. You see, my mother died when I was born and my father, King Wilfred, honestly didn’t know what else to do with me. Since my mean older brothers tease me nonstop about how I am smaller and weaker than them, I have been practicing my lessons extra hard, and even in secret at night. I’m getting so good that they are having a hard time beating me in a fight! But then I heard the...more
I'm always a little hesitant that 'strong female character books' will end up being, not so much that, as 'lazy-stupid-classless male books.'
Thankfully (even though there was indeed some of that in this book) I felt our princess held her own and made herself a protagonist from her own hard work and dedication.
Yes, I would have liked for there to be at least one prince or knight that wasn't so stereotypical, but other than that I didn't really have to...more
The little princess was named Violetta and with the queen being gone, her father was left to raise her and he raised the same way he raised his sons - to be great knights.
But Violetta's brothers pick on her for being so small, for not being able to ride well or walk around in armor.
But she doesn't give up. She is determined to...more
I really enjoyed how the princess learned her own versions of the knightly skills, and used her size and agility as part of her set of combat tools. Unfortunately, this left part of the climax not quite making sense, since her small size and unusual skills should have made the "Knight with No Name" pretty obvious. In tha...more
But, it’s a lovely original fairy tale. The illustrations are amusing and aesthetically pleasing, if taking the context of the story into account. I enjoyed the tale very much also. T...more
Reading Level: Late Early/Transitional Readers
Curricular Uses: Read-Aloud, Independent Reading
Theme: A princess can be as strong as a male, reversing the theme that princesses must be rescued by princes
Literary Elements: Dialogue, fairy tale language (and she lived happily ever after), humor
Illustrations: The illustrations are not as bright and exciting as they could be, and they do not reinforce the text as much as they could.