The Princess Knight

The Princess Knight

Book - 2003
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Violetta is a young princess who wants to be treated just like her big brothers, who are training to be knights. But her father insists that she act ladylike and get married. So Violetta decides to show everyone what she's made of - by disguising herself as a boy and taking part in a knights' jousting tournament! "Violetta's intelligence and perseverance shine through from first to last.... The heroine earns her triumph with believable determination, and readers young and old will root for her from start to finish." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "Droll fun." Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York : The Chicken House, 2003, c2001.
ISBN: 9780439536301
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Meyer, Kerstin


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Sep 07, 2016

Violet is incensed when her father offers her hand in marriage as the prize for a jousting tournament. Her youngest brother offers to win the tournament to save her, but she says "Thank you, but I think I'd better see to it myself." Her dad may end up regretting all that swordplay, jousting, and horsemanship training she's had. The art in this one uses interesting multi-level page layouts that remind me of something, maybe medieval tapestries? (People who know anything about art, please feel free to correct me here.) It's lovely, focused, and confident. One of our fave picture books about both princesses and knights.

forbesrachel Sep 26, 2012

This is a great story to show how girls can do things just as well as boys, just in our own way. I like how the narrative is drawn in a frieze-like style.

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

The king doesn’t know how to raise a girl when his daughter comes along, so he puts her in knight training with her brothers... and of course she is quick and smart and dedicated and she finds to way to win and get what she wants. This is a children’s book but even as an adult I found it very enjoyable.

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