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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, she m
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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)
-a BLACK royal family!!!
-a happ
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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 ...more
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 E
Aug 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
can't wait
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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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 are racially
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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 heteronormativ
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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.
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.
Barbra
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
When a feisty young maiden is invited to the royal ball to meet the prince, she finds love in an unexpected place. Feeling awkward and out of place she flees to the balcony where she is approached by the princess. Her kindness affects the maiden and it is soon determined that they make the perfect pair.
Liz
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reminds me of Prince & Knight. Another cute story.
Anna Lawrence
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely love this! The poetry is lovely and the story is sweet
Tracie
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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