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The barefoot book of princesses
Matthews, Caitlin, 1952-
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Barefoot Books, 1998.

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The princess and the pea (Danish) -- The mountain princess (Persian) -- The princess who lost her hair (Akamba) -- The bird-cage husband (Kalmuck) -- The beggar princess (Chinese) -- The horned snake's wife (Iroquois) -- The sleeping beauty (German)
Reading Level:
870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 1.0 35381.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.1 4 Quiz: 18107.
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PZ7.M4335 BA 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Turandot grew even more beautiful, but her heart was like ice.

Author Notes

Caitlin Matthews is a world-celebrated teacher of Western spirituality and author of over thirty books. With her husband and frequent coauthor John Matthews, she founded the Foundation of Inspirational and Oracular Studies, in their native Great Britain. Their books have been translated into many languages including French, Italian, German, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian.

The material in these books is based upon practical knowledge which they teach worldwide. They have made numerous appearances on television in the UK and US, and have been advisors on several series, including HRH Prince Edward's Crown and Country. They live in Oxford where Caitlín has a shamanic practice dedicated to midwifing the soul.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Princesses from around the world must overcome a variety of obstacles, from magic spells to malicious husbands, to have their happy-ever-afters in this provocative collection. In tales both familiar ("The Princess and the Pea," "Sleeping Beauty") and obscure, readers will meet some appealing (and some unpleasant) young women in challenging situations. A picky princess who finds fault with every suitor unexpectedly falls for a beautiful, mysterious man, who is not all he seems to be. The gruesome "The Mountain Princess" features a cold-hearted young woman whose obstacle course for would-be suitors leads to certain death. In "The Beggar King's Daughter," a greedy husband tries to get rid of his kind, smart wife, and finds it's not as easy as he imagined. Not by any means a sugar-coated read, and not for every taste, these well-written, fresh stories feature a diverse group of women who prove money and status don't preclude them from flaws and fateful situations. Olwyn Whelan's gorgeous, magical illustrations, with brilliant colors and intricate patterns, evoke the distinctive cultures, and visually enhance this unusual collection, which is sure to generate much discussion. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

Gr K-3-Persian, Chinese, Iroquois, and other cultures from around the world are represented in this collection. Only two of the seven tales are readily available elsewhere-"The Princess and the Pea," which opens the book, and "The Sleeping Beauty," which closes it. None of the retellings are particularly inspired and a number include rhymed couplets that interrupt the flow of the story. Most of these women and girls are not particularly likable; they are spoiled, self-centered, and dependent. Only the Persian princess shows any self-reliance. Colorful full-paged and spot illustrations decorate the book but do not enhance it. The origin of each tale is noted under the title but the author's source notes are personal rather than descriptive. For a better collection on the same topic, try Shirley Climo's A Treasury of Princesses (HarperCollins, 1996).-Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.