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Who Wants to Be a Princess?: What It Was Really Like to Be a Medieval Princess Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0805097694
LANGUAGE:English

"Despite some of the romantic notions about life during the Middle Ages and what it was like to be a princess encouraged by popular culture, being a princess actually was no frothy fairy tale. This delightfully different picture book offers a different take on the life of a royal during that time period, in particular, 1100 to 1300. In side by side images, the author uses Beatrice, a made-up princess from those times, as she contrasts reality with fantasy, starting with what life in the castle actually was like. Many young readers will be surprised to learn that princesses typically wore wool clothing and slept in drafty rooms with shudders but no glass windows. Foods were quite different from what we eat now, and rats seemed to appear on almost every page. Any lingering romantic illusions are dispelled with a description of how marriages were arranged at an early age. While many youngsters will still dream of being princesses after reading this picture book, at least now they will have a much better idea of what their lives might have been like. The text is engaging, forthright while the illustrations, created with inks, paint, and digital methods, are filled with great details. By the time the book concludes, it's easy to see why Beatrice might have dreamed of living in the modern world and exchanging places with that would-be princess who is so charmed by what she reads about Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. But don't blame the fairy tales; it's the simplified, Disney-fied version of the stories that might need to be taken to task. " said.

"This book begins to debunk the image of the perfectly royal princess life that movies, toys, and even other books have reimagined medieval royalty life to be. Princess Beatrice invites readers to compare in each spread a different aspect of the royal life as portrayed by fairy tales vs. the real thing. One of my favorite comparisons is thinking that princesses "frolic in the forest" singing to woodland creatures where Beatrice corrects readers, "Please. This is the real world. I practice riding and archery." The Author's Note clarifies that although Princess Beatrice is a fictional character, she does describe royal life in Great Britain from 1100-1300. A Bibliography for further research is also provided." said.

" An interesting perspective on fantasy vs. realistic medieval princesses. Still a little glazed over, but it is intended for a younger audience. " said.

" This made me laugh, it was funny and cute. " said.

" An interesting look at the REAL life of a medieval princess, as compared to the fairy tales type we all imagine. " said.

" I love this! Will share it with my princess-obsessed daughter in a couple years. " said.

" An excellent comparison between fairy tale princesses, and what the lives of real, actual princesses were like in the years between 1100 and 1300 A. D. " said.

" 3.5 starsFinally, a story about REAL medieval princesses! Illustrations aren't amazing, but the content is pretty great. " said.

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