The Twelve Dancing Princesses
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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Discover where the twelve beautiful princesses slip off to every night!
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Published August 29th 2002 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 1996)
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Ray illustrations are usually lovely,and this story really plays to her strengths, with all the fancy dresses, luxurious castles, and lush gardens. Faces and anatomy are her weakest point, but still nice. The princesses seemed to be of several different races so one assumes they have some number of mothers (no wife/wives of the king are mentioned) which makes sense in terms of them all being the right age to be unmarried but old enough to go out dancing all night. Most of them are dark-ish so th...more
Colorful, intricate art, especially the clothing and masks the princesses wear to their nighttime rendezvous. There's very little characterization, though, and the text is nothing special. Worth taking a look at simply for the art, but that's about it.
I'm not exactly in love with the "marry off the princess" premise, but I did really enjoy the magical setting accompanied by beautiful illustrations.
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Born in London, Jane studied art and design at Middlesex University. Her main study was ceramics and she didn't start to illustrate until she left college. Her first published work was a series of greetings cards for Roger la Borde, followed by some book jackets, and eventually black and white illustrations for a poetry anthology with Orchard Books.
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