The king has a problem. His twelve daughters wake up every morning with their slippers in rags and tatters. Where are they going? The palace is guarded to the hilt, and the shoemakers are exhausted. The king has promised his kingdom to anyone who can solve the mystery in three days and three nights.
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Mary Hoffman lives just outside Oxford, UK where she writes in a room with big French windows looking out onto her garden. Her first book was published in 1975 and since then, she has written over ninety books for children and teenagers. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is one of her favorite fairy tales. This is her first project with Barefoot Books.
Miss Clara is a French artist with a gift for creating delicate and intricate illustrations. First, she creates miniature maquettes of princesses, princes, fairies, hobgoblins and other magical creatures, then she makes detailed scenes in which to photograph them. She finishes these images digitally to create the evocative and ethereal atmosphere that characterizes her work.
K-Gr 3-This is a chapter-book retelling of the timeless tale of 12 princesses who wake each morning from their locked bedchamber tired and with worn slippers and the prince who uncovers their secret and wins the hand of the eldest sibling. A familiar text is paired with Miss Clara's unique artwork utilizing miniature maquettes (scale models) to earn this oft-told tale a second look. The artist's attention to detail in shaping the dolls, furniture, and costumes is extraordinary. These models are then photographed and graphically enhanced to give them a Renaissance look. The text is geared toward "confident readers" and while it is unremarkable, the stunning and intricate illustrations are definitely a draw, although they may appeal more to adults than children. Purchase where a sophisticated edition of the story is desired.-C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Book Description Barefoot Books Ltd, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000101215