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The Princess and White Bear King

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Far away in the distant north, a beautiful princess meets a mysterious white bear, and embarks with him on a reathtaking journey. Combining remarkable artwork with lyrical storytelling, this tale brings together the major themes of three Northern European wonder tales, creating an unforgettable adventure.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Barefoot Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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Batt lists three stories that she uses as the buffet for version of East of the Sun, and even attributes which elements come from which story -- except for the part about the guy making the princess metal climbing claws for her hands and feet! Did she just make up that detail? I've never encountered it before and wondered where it came from... oh well.
Britt Guild
This is a favorite folktale for my girls and me. It's a beautiful story that combines the themes of three classic tales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon, The Black Bull of Norway and The White Bear King. The story reminds me of Beauty and the Beast as the Prince is a polar bear who needs the love and loyalty of the princess to turn back into is human form as Prince. The princess and bear king travel years to find each other and overcome the evil Troll Queen and her enchantment to live happily ...more
Charlotte Gray
This book is based on a combination of Norwegian Fairytales that have been combined into one. Without giving the plot away, as it would spoil the surprise, the book in set in the snow and so is perfect for winter. It is enchanting and mystical, containing a white bear king, princesses, kings, castles, spells to name a few. The children I read this book to were in year two and were able to really engage with the characters, the narrative and the location. The book has some beautifully written sim ...more
A wonderful retelling of my favorite tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. The author combines elements from other tales with similar themes. The illustions are modern, bright and very lively. Although the troll queen could have been a bit more troll-like!
Jen Kahl
This is a wonderful fairytale about a princess who dreamed of a magnificent crown. When she awoke and told her father about her dream, he commanded that someone make her this crown. No one could make a crown as wonderful as the one she had dreamed about. The princess came upon a bear as she was walking and he showed her the crown she had dreamed about. He said he would give it to her on one condition- that she come with him. She agreed but the king tried to give him his other daughters. One at a ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We really enjoyed this tale, which combined elements of three different stories. In my never-ending line of reading coincidences, this story incorporates the love story of Psyche and Eros into the tale, just as Artemis the Brave by Joan Holub does, although in a different way. We happen to read both of these books tonight, although it will take us several more days to finish Artemis. In any case, we are fascinated by Greek mythology and I loved how Tanya Robyn Batt combined different stories fro ...more
The Princess And The White Bear King was one of my top-favorite books as a younger child. I simply adored this book, checking it out at the library at every oppurtunity. I still love this book now at 14, this is my favorite fairy tale of all time. It has a certain fairy-tale-in-another-world feel that no other fairy tale has. I love this book and story, need I say more?
This is an incredibly beautiful book, perfect for a gift for a book lover of any age. The story is a combination of several stories into one, with a typical "journey" theme throughout. The heroine learns to use her strengths and creativity to find her way to the end...
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Child's picture book of northern European tales, primarily Norwegian stories. Liked and may tell "The White Bear King" and "East of the Sun, West of the Moon."
Cute princess tell. Love the compassion the Princess shows at the end helping the mother and the children. Also her determination to find her love.
I liked this re-telling for the most part, and my four-year-old was entranced even though it was quite long for reading aloud.
Aug 19, 2008 Relyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale lovers
Recommended to Relyn by: I love the illustrator
I really liked this one. The melding of stories was pretty good and the illustrations were incredible!! Love her work!
Beautiful book, but will be years until Sienna can handle. It is more like a chapter book
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