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In this modern fairy tale, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but at the dance, she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place.

Once in a faraway kingdom, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but she's not as excited to go as everyone else. After her mother convinces her to make an appearance, sh
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Little Bee Books
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sharmylae
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i loved prince & knight when i first read it. art? beautiful! story? so cute! normalizing queer romance? priceless!

today i stumbled across maiden & princess. i barely even looked at it before i had purchased it. when i got home i opened it up and read it... and started crying on page one. didn't stop till after i finished the book.

this book has:
-BEAUTIFUL art!
-a simple, romantic, but easy to follow story (perfect for most ages to read or have read to them)
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Abigail
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books Featuring Same-Sex Couples
Author Daniel Haack, whose same-sex picture-book fairy-tale romance, Prince & Knight , came out last year (2018), joins forces with co-author Isabel Galupo in this return to the form. Invited to the prince's ball, the eponymous maiden, who fights alongside the prince as a warrior, and considers him a brother, isn't initially inclined to go, until her mother convinces her to give it a try. Once at the ball, the maiden feels pressured by the other attendees, who seem to think she would be the perfe ...more
Rod Brown
Neither the art or verse is particularly strong, but I'll give a bonus star for inclusivity of race and LGBTQ in a children's picture book.
Nicole
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the story as much as Prince and Knight, maybe a little more. However I like the art style of Prince and Knight more than this one.

That being said, both are incredibly cute and great books to put in the library of any child. I think they’re crucial to introduce children to same-gender relationships, relationships outside of heteronormativity and instill in them that a woman and a woman or a man and a man can be in love. So they don’t grow up equating that romance to just sexual relations
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Mike
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adorable.
Effie
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book because I like what it's trying to do, but somehow I didn't. The rhyming was pretty clunky and it just felt too pat to me, but maybe that's the point.
Artemis
What a lovely LBGTQ rhyming picture book for children. A warrior maiden is expected to wed her friend, the prince, but he is only like a brother to her. At the ball, alone and miserable on a balcony, she meets and falls in love with his sister.

I wasn't sure about the art at first, but it ended up being the best for this story. The maiden's adventures and battles are told in flashback and snippets as well. I like her little dragon companion, though, that grows bigger as the maiden and the prince
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Sara
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GOD THIS IS AS CUTE AS PRINCE & KNIGHT!! The art is bright and lovely and the story melts your heart.

ps. The views expressed in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Indigo Books & Music Inc. or any of its subsidiaries. #IndigoEmployee
Sarah Wright
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 — lively, colorful art illustrating a cute adventure

I'm thrilled every time I come across a book like this: a sweet lesbian story for young children showing that same-sex love is nothing outside the norm. Everyone's read stories in which a girl goes to a royal ball, dances with the prince, and falls in love with him. This time, the girl falls in love with the princess instead—and no one acts like it's weird or forbidden, which is so, so important. I also love that the characters
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H
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When this came across my desk, I knew that it was going to be one of the books I read this year. Maiden & Princess is from the same author as Prince & Knight. And just as welcome in the landscape of familiar fairy tales.

This tome has a different vibe to it from the author's first. Mr Haack wrote both tales but the illustrators are different in style. Those familiar with Prince & Knight will recall that the pictures were much the softer colors and style of a traditional heteronormative fairy t
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Earl
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Fans of Prince & Knight will love this new LGBTQ love story featuring a diverse cast of characters. A celebratory read.
Jj
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As with the author's Prince & Knight, I wanted to like this book. But it is riddled with the same problems as that one--namely, the text is clunky, awkward, and shoehorned into a forced rhyme scheme. The illustrations here don't save this one from failure as they did in Prince & Knight--something about them is just not quite right, and proportions seem to change from one scene to another--the overall effect is off-putting. A nice idea here, and certainly addresses a void in children's literature; that books about two ...more
Ben Truong
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maiden & Princess is a children's picture book written by the team of Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo and illustrated by Becca Human, which focus on a noble princess and a beautiful maiden come together and finds true love together.

Haack-Galup's text is simplistic, straightforward, and melodic. The simple rhyming text takes the typical trope of having a princess attending a ball to find her prince, but with a twist. Human's dresses the diverse villagers in lavish, jewel-toned gowns and dr
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Allison
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
So, I loved the illustrations and enjoyed the story. What I am curious about is how people will end up using it (coming from a professional standpoint not a personal one - it could be a target for book challenges). I could see people using it as a bedtime story for older children. It would actually even make an awesome read-aloud selection for a Drag Queen storytime if you live/work in a liberal area.
Kirsten
A lovely rhyming story about a maiden who goes to the ball and meets her princess. The story is sweet, but what really elevates this picture book are the amazing illustrations. The Maiden and the Princess are anything but stereotypically willowy, and I love that they are not white. My daughter (who is four) demanded that I read this twice in a row!
Kris
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the text, and even if the ending is a little too pat, it is a fairy tale. Happily ever after and all. I did not love the art here, though, so I knocked off a star. However, this is a great addition to a library collection and something for both LGBTQ and princess loving audiences.
Amie Doughty
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
As with Haack's Knight & Prince, I really wanted to like this book. The story itself has a lot of potential. But the writing is beyond atrocious. Enough with the canned rhymes. They detract from the story, and not all picture books have to sound like Dr. Seuss.
Sam
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The maiden goes to the ball to see if she wants to marry the prince but falls for the princess.

Attention to diversifying the royal family was made and the artwork is glorious!
Ellen Bees
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-book
Last week, I was reading Daniel Haack's Prince & Knight to my three year old. When we reached the last page, where the two main male characters get married and live happily ever after, he asked a question. Not related to why two male characters were getting married. That was obvious: they loved each other. Instead, he wanted to know why there were white things in the air, and what exactly was confetti, and why people throw paper in the air to celebrate, and how come he didn't see any at the ...more
Jennifer
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I picked up this picture book along with the author's other title "Prince & Knight". This book has a different artist with a different style than Prince. The kingdom is culturally diverse and somewhere out of the Euro kingdom from the first book. It features a Maiden who is a warrior for the kingdom and friend of its prince.

When the time comes for the prince to marry, Maiden is pushed by everyone she knows to pursue the prince, but though they are close she doesn't feel that way about him.
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Jason
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
As we get more and more LGBTQ+ picture books for kids, the competition is going to be stiffer. I'm not sure this would have made the cut if it weren't for its subject matter. It's not terrible at all, but does it stand out? I'm not trying to pick on the book; it's just sparking an inner dialogue about how to maintain high standards in how I approach books, even if they're on topics that desperately need more representation in children's literature. I have on more than one occasion made a "buy th ...more
McKenzie Richardson
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Yes, yes, I was initially drawn to this book at the library because of its similarity to Prince & Knight. I honestly didn't realize that it was the same author because it looks so different. It isn't just a female version of Prince & Knight. It is its own unique, amazing book.

Nice rhymes. Great illustrations. And a magically adorable story. Love love loved this. This is all around a wonderful read. I enjoyed the maiden and princess storyline as wel
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Holly Hughes
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I was over the moon when I discovered Prince and Knight, so you can only imagine how much MORE excited I was when I learned about Maiden and Princess! Seriously though, wlw is fed to us in crumbs and there isn't enough wlw in any literary capacity and WLW DESERVES SO MUCH BETTER.

So, baby steps.

And what precious baby steps we are gifted in the form of this book. The story is just as heartwarming and adorable as it's mlm predecessor (repeat after me: star-gazing lesbians!!), and I loved how b
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Emily
Maiden & Princess is a sort of companion to Haack's Prince & Knight, but with two women falling in love instead of two men. The text is just a teensy bit clunky, but I still really loved this picture book featuring a queer romance!

In this tale, a female warrior attends a ball where everyone expects her to end up with the handsome prince, but instead she falls for his lovely sister. The royal family are Black, and--though it's hard to tell since she often wears armor--the warrior maiden has a pros
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Abby Johnson
In this modern fairy tale, the maiden is not excited to go to the ball and be set up by the prince, but when she goes to the dance she ends up falling for the princess. When the king and queen see what a good match they are, they welcome the maiden and celebrate the union. It's told in bouncy rhyming text and the ball has all the fairy tale elements you'd expect - people in beautiful ball gowns, a night spent gazing at the stars. This is a wonderful inclusive addition to fairy tale and princess ...more
Kathleen
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm reviewing Prince & Knight and Maiden & Princess together because I feel pretty much the same about them. The art is lovely and the topic is both great and important, but the writing is less than stellar. It's not bad, exactly, but it's meant to rhyme, and while it mostly does, the meter and some of the rhymes feel forced to me. I wish it had been in regular prose because I think I would have enjoyed it more. As it is the books were just vaguely uncomfortable to read. Still, cute book ...more
Elizabeth
4.5 stars.

This F/F fairy tale for kids is an absolute delight. Sweet and charming, this has everything you could want from a fairy tale, and I love seeing this kind of representation in picture books. The illustrations are mad cute too.

I didn't love it as much as I loved Prince & Knight (and I still can't place my finger on exactly why) but I still loved it, and it's a must for all children's bookshelves.
Hezekiah
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good and precious. The royal family is black, the Maiden is a knight of color, and the background characters include people who look like they could be East Asian and South Asian, all wearing garb that is a blending of Fantasy Medieval Europe and traditional attire of their ethnic groups. The illustrations are expressive and imaginative, and same-gender relationships are completely normalized! I am excited to read this book to my kid.
Kayla Blevins
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-reads
As adorable as Haack’s other book, “Prince & Knight.” I liked the drawings a lot more here as they felt older and gave the story a more folktale quality. It’s for children, so I won’t be too picky, but I will say I don’t know why everyone was telling the maiden she would be the perfect princess when we didn’t really see her interact with the prince. But like I said, this is a children’s book and that doesn’t take away from this at all.
Cara Byrne
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This could be considered the companion text to Prince & Knight, though the illustrative style and messages set the two books apart. Both use a traditional fairy tale set up to show the development of a loving same sex relationship, but the Maiden and Princess face few challenges to their romance. This book celebrates the budding relationship between the maiden and princess without a single conflict - just love, support, and happiness. .
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Daniel Haack began writing at a young age, although much of his earliest work centered exclusively around his desire to be a swashbuckling hero. Like the Prince and the Knight, he just wants to save the day and get the boy, too. He has since written for various publications and collections, and Prince & Knight is his debut children’s book. He graduated from Ithaca College and is a Saul Zaentz ...more