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To Be a Princess: The Fascinating Lives of Real Princesses
Princesses live in splendid palaces with servants to grant their every wish....or do they? Here the stories of twelve real princesses reveal what life behind the palace walls is really like. "This night I think to die," declares Elizabeth Tudor as she shivers in the Tower of London in 1554. Her half sister, Queen Mary, sees her as a rival to the throne. But Elizabeth survi ...more
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
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A few months ago I read a BYU magazine article on a mother who taught her daughter about real princesses using art history books she had from college. She didn't want her daughter thinking the Disney version was how real princesses lived. I have been trying to find a book that would do that same sort of thing, because they are obsessed with princesses and I would love for them to know what it means to be a real princess in the context of various countries histories. This book was wonderful. It f ...more
Princesses don’t live only in fairy tales. These twelve real princesses are presented with breathtakingly beautiful portraits of their families. From Queen Elizabeth to the brave Ka’iulani, the Hawaiian princess who stood up in a foreign land to speak for the welfare of her people, to Gayatri “Ayesha” Devi, the first maharani to run for parliament--they were more than just beautiful girls—they were strong in character and compassionate towards their people.
Feb 23, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is a children's book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it myself. It has beautiful art, photos and informative time lines. There are short bios on the; 'Rival Sisters', Queen Mary (1516-58) & Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603) Tudor. 'The Empress's Daughter', Austria/France, Marie Antoinette (1755-93). 'I Will Be Good' England, Queen Victoria (1819-1901). 'The Island Rose', Hawai'i, Princess Ka'iulani (1875-99). 'The Tsar's Daughter's', Russia, Olga (1895-1918), Tatiana (1897-1918), Marie (1899-1918, ...more
Age group: Upper Elementary
genre: Informational Text
Summary: This text is an informational text that supplies much information on what princesses did, wore, looked like, etc. There seems to be endless information that students to research at their age appropriate level about princesses and that era.
Classroom use: I would use this during centers as a supplementary book for a certain time period or interest. I would also want this available in my classroom library so students could look ...more
I read pieces of this. I liked the idea of reading about real princesses to my one princess-obsessed daughter, but this was not not it. You could tell they tried to make it interesting by adding details to make it read like a story, but overall it was just too long and dull for my 6 and 7 year old girls attention spans. It's too bad because their lives were very interesting. Or this book might just work better for a little older children.
Being able to create books about history is a dream job for me since I’ve always been enthralled by history. When I was growing up in Georgetown, Ontario, our house was just around the corner from the town library. And I haunted its children’s section—reading sometimes four or five books a week. Historical fiction titles by writers like Geoffrey Trease and Rosemary Sutcliffe were particular favour ...more