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Princess to the Rescue
By author: Claudia Souza   Illustrated by: Christelle Ammirati
Selling Points: "fairy tales, confidence, gender roles"
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: Apr/15/2011
Pages: 24
Picture Book
Price:  $15.95
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Once upon a time, there was a princess who saved princes… So begins this delightful re-imagining of the traditional fairy tale. This particular princess is not afraid, she is not weak, and she does not need to be rescued. In fact, she is the one who does the rescuing—she has saved princes who've been turned into frogs, who've been kidnapped by ogres, who were locked in terrible dungeons and who were lost in scary forests. Now the princess is faced with her toughest rescue yet, as she tries to save a prince who has been captured by a wicked witch. This is a charming princess who turns centuries of storytelling on its head, not by using her charms, but by using her intelligence. She defies traditional expectations as she saves the day and wins the prince's heart.
Resource Links - April 1, 2011
"Souza mizes modern elements with traditional expectations to produce a unique tale. It is refreshing to read about such a female character. Educators and parents can use this bookt o show that this break in tradition reflects a more realistic view of a damsel not in distress...This thought provoking book is humorous, light, and a pleasant read."
CM Magazine - February 25, 2011
"The princess character shows cunning and resourcefulness...Princess to the Rescue will spark discussions on gender stereotypes. Recommended."



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