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The Lacemaker and the Princess

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,253 ratings  ·  200 reviews
11-year-old Isabelle is a lacemaker in the town of Versailles. After a chance encounter with Queen Marie Antionette as she makes a delivery to the palace, Isabelle finds herself appointed official companion to the queen's daughter and thrust into a world of luxury.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 5th 2009 by Simon and Schuster (first published May 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Isabelle and her family make lace in the town of Versailles. They're behind on their rent and work to keep up with the bills. If only they could get someone from the royal household wearing their lace, then they might stand a chance.

When Isabelle delivers some lace to the palace, she purposely takes a wrong turn to view more of the castle. She bumps into Marie Antoinette, who introduces the young girl to her daughter. The princess and Isabelle bec
Anna  Gibson
The fictional story of a young lacemaker hired to play with Marie Therese Charlotte, Marie-Antoinette's daughter, during the time leading up to the beginning of the French Revolution.

Isabelle struggles dealing with a life at court and her life at home, and the growing turmoil between the French public and the French monarchy - a monarchy that is becoming increasingly dangerous to associate with.

I have to say, this is my favorite youth novel set during the time of the French Revolution. It's well
Nov 17, 2008 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-12 year olds
This book was inspired by an actual friendship between Marie Antoinette's daughter, Princess Therese, and a commoner. It focuses on what life was like in Versailles within the palace as well as outside of it (around the time of when the French Revolution was beginning). It definitely portrays a realistic view at the differences between the rich and the poor in the late 1780's.

Overall, I liked the book. However, the ending was wrapped up too swift and just felt flat to me. Also, some of the chara
Captain Awesome
This book was okay at best. The princess was super selfish, trying to keep isabelle all to herself like she is some sort of play toy. She was just a spoiled royalty princess when it boils down to it. Isabelle thinks she is royalty because instead of working, she 1) complains about it 2) she keeps running off to play the princess around like she has nothing better to do. Then on top of that when she does come home she sees how hard her grandmother and mother and says she help... but guess what? d ...more
This is a story about a lacemaker becoming companion to the French princess, daughter of Marie Antoinette. Isabelle lives a dual life: at the palace, she is treated as the princess is; at home, she is mistreated by her grandmother. This could have been a really good book, but I found the characterization of Isabelle to be inconsistent, and the ending unsatisfying.
3.5 stars

Isabelle is a lacemaker who lives in France, Versailles during the year 1789, where there are rumours of revolution. After delivering lace to the palace, a number of chance encounters lead to her becoming the princess' “hired” companion.

Therese, the princess, was incredibly spoiled, though also very lonely. At times she acted as though Isabelle was her very own doll: she dressed her and even gave her a new identity, naming her Clochette, as she thought this name was more fashionable. Ho
Dim lighting, a demanding grandmother, tiny stitches, a tired back and fingers. This is the life of eleve-year-old old Isabelle. She lives in the time leading of up the French Revolution and is suddenly plucked from her life of hard work and thrown into the lap of luxury. She is rescued, by Marie Antoinette, from being trampled in a crowd and Isabelle becomes playmate to a princess. She is given new clothes, a new name and all the food she can eat, but what of her family living in near poverty w ...more
I can sum up my feelings on this book in one word: cute.

The idea was cute, the character's struggle was cute. Everything about this book was so darling and clicheed, but ultimately I found the story to be quite dull and unbelievable.
I'm not sure exactly what I expected, but I expected more from a Great Stone Face book.

That's not to say I absolutely hated the book. I really enjoyed seeing the French Revolution from the eyes of an indifferent child. So often these stories present one side or anot
Jun 17, 2007 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers, princess fans, 4th gr. up
Shelves: booktalkers
Isabelle is the daughter of a lacemaker, the granddaughter of a lacemaker and is learning to carry on the family trade--which she hates. A mission to Versailles to deliver an order of lace to the Dauphin's governess, throws Isabelle, literally, into the path of Marie Antoinette, the Queen, herself. Suddenly, she finds herself presented to the Princess Royale as a playmate. Therese and Isabelle hit it off and Isabelle is invited (or commanded) to return the next day. She is introduced to Therese' ...more
I have been learning so much from the children's books I've been reading. This book taught me about the French Revolution and Marie Antoinette. The story was half fiction, half fact. It's set at Versailles with Marie Antoinette as queen, Louis XVI as king, and Therese, their daughter. Supposedly the queen wanted her children to have somewhat of a normal childhood, so she brought in friends from the "commoners" to play with her daughter. These friends were to call the princess by her first name a ...more
I loved this book. I am a big history buff and having been to Versailles, and myself being overwhelmed with its opulence, and the utter wastefulness of it all, can really understand the driving force behind the French Revolution. This book painted such an authentic picture of the conditions of the time of Louis XVI's reign and the attitudes and frivolity of the French aristocracy. It also described the horrendous conditions of the working class and plight the of the human condition during the ye ...more
Yest my 9 yr old and I were discussing the right to vote, and how many priviledges we have as Americans now that most of the world does not/did not have. This book is a good kid-safe summary of the sacrifices made at the beginning of revolutionary democratic thought to get to this point. It also illuminates what court life was like in 18th century France and puts names and faces to previously dry history (well, at least that's how I thought of it when I was a kid). And brings up all sorts of oth ...more
This is the story of a Isabelle, young french lace maker, living in the town of Versailles. She is hired to play with the daughter of Marie Antoinette. Isabelle learns to love palace life which contrasts sharply with the struggle to survive at home. Living between two worlds, Isabelle comes to understand the reasons for a revolution. This book tries to paint a realistic picture of life at the famous French court with details of how the palace had a stench from unwashed bodies wearing yards of si ...more
A young lacemaker has the fortune/misfortune of meeting Marie Antoinette and becoming a playmate of her daughter's. This book was suggested by a couple of teens at our first teen book group last month. It is an interesting (and brief)look at life with the doomed Queen on the eve of the French revolution. Marie Antoinette comes off as well-meaning but greatly out of touch with the commoners and married to a King who had a terrible time making decisions. Great for young readers and those intereste ...more
Isabelle lives with her mother and Grandmother in Versailles, eking out a living as lacemakers. One day she delivers an order to the palace, and by chance meets Queen Marie Antoinette. Before she knows it, she has been asked--in a commanding sort of way--to play with Therese, the Princess.

The girls form a friendship, along with Ernestine, another commoner girl who spends most of her time at the palace as well. Isabelle has a hard time reconciling her home life--with its poverty, hard work from
Izabella Salazar
In the palace of Versailles, Isabelle tumbles upon Marie Antoinette while delivering lace and becomes a companion to the Queen's daughter Therese, who lives a lavish lifestyle. After being treated like royalty, Isabelle realizes how poor and disadvantaged peasants really are and the peasants soon demand for equality. This book is best suited for ages between 9-14 because it is a rather easy read and the context contains different perspectives. The book also includes relatable life conflicts. Soc ...more
Carrie Slager
For young readers, The Lacemaker and the Princess is the perfect introduction to the French Revolution. It presents the events in a way that makes them easy to understand but without insulting the reader’s intelligence, which can be one of the pitfalls of historical fiction for young readers. The unlikely ‘friendship’ (I’m using the term loosely here) between Isabelle and the princess Thérèse is one readers will fall in love with.

Isabelle is a wonderful character that many young readers will sym
Julie Chavez
A young eleven year old lace maker, named Isabelle lives in Versailles and is sent to the palace to deliver lace to a princess. As she tries to find her way out of the palace she almost gets stomped over by a crowd of courtiers but is saved by the queen, the queen was fond of her and decided that Isabelle would be a companion for her daughter, Therese after that Isabelle's life changed. I recommend this book to 7th or 10th graders because this book has some European history that 7th graders or 1 ...more
Excellent introduction to royal & common life and times pre-French Revolution for the young reader. Captivating read for my 4th grader as the story is narrated through the eyes of 11 year old Isabelle, who is a lacemaker and becomes a royal companion to Queen Marie Anoinette's daughter. Cleverly written to encompass many universal themes such as convention and rebellion, friendship across social class, death, materialism, patriotism, war, faith, working class struggles, etc. etc. etc.
This was a fun book about the French Revolution time! It was fun to read about the struggle Isabelle has in trying to live in two very different worlds... The world where she has to work very hard making lace just so her family can buy stale bread and the world where she lives the life of the princess's best friend! It was interesting to see such a huge gap between her two very different lives! It was a good book & I really enjoyed it!!
This was quiet an enjoyable book, with out reading too much like a perfect fairytale. I think it would be a great historical read for younger kids that provides and intresting story as well as tie ins to important facts and ideas about Marie Antoinette court. One of my favorite parts was when Isabella brother pointed out the excess taffeda the queen uses and how much a yard of fabric cost in terms of a day(s) work for a common craftman.
Loved the way the author contrasted two different stations in life during the French Revolution. I love books that help me appreciate my life or teach me something or make me feel like I want to be a better person. This falls into the categories of teaching and appreciation - I am lucky to have what I do, and also lucky that I don't have position and importance and the lack of freedom that attends those things. A good, quick read.
Laura Rogers
This novel delivers a portrait of life in Versailles during the French Revolution. A young girl delivers lace to the palace, only to run into royalty. Isabelle's encounter starts a chain of events that will change her life forever and put her in the center of palace life. From the streets of the poor to the glitz of court life, this is a good read for understanding life in revolutionary France.
This is a sweet, little historical fiction set for young adults during the year preceeding the French Revolution. It's a little girl's perspective of versailles. I enjoyed the dueling affections we readers are asked to feel (the royal family is kind and generous to our narrator even though hundreds of people around her go hungry) and the complexity of the characters.
The Lacemaker and The Princess is about a girl who is a lacemaker and she makes friends with the princess. The French Revolution is coming on and her father, brother, and Grandmother died. She falls in love with a boy named Paris. He mysteriously goes missing and she never see's him again. It is a story of love and friendship that touched me a lot.
Brooke Boukather
Personally I loved this historical fiction book because it showed that just because you're rich and famous, doesn't mean you're better than the rest of the world. In this book, a poor village girl and a princess befriend each other but the village girl, when it comes to war, has to decide whether to side with her rich friends or her poor family.
Story about a 12 year old lacemaker who becomes friends with Marie Antionette's daughter. The spoiled princess seems to like the lacemaker and their friendship lasts many years until the people are fed up with starving and rebel against the King and Queen. Historical fiction.
Feb 16, 2008 Lavinia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lavinia by: Jacqueline Mumford
My daughter got this book at school and loved it so much she wanted me to read it. It is a short book and I thought it was really well done. I was also reading "Les Mis" at the time and thought they went together quite well.
Dornel Cerro
In 1788, 11-year-old Isabelle becomes close friends with Princess Therese, the daughter of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. Initially, she is torn between the lavish life at Versailles and her responsibilities to her impoverished family. As the political situation in France deteriorates, Isabelle begins to question all that she has been taught about the social order in France. When revolution marches to Versailles, Isabelle faces great danger and must act quickly to make an important d ...more
This is my favorite historical fiction book ever!
The friendship between Isabelle and Therese is so... bittersweet.
But lovely and beautiful as well.
The plot is real and powerful.
A riveting read.
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