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Title:
Kaiulani : the people's princess
Author:
White, Ellen Emerson.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2001.
Physical Description:
238 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Summary:
Follows the life of Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn from 1889 to 1893 as she studies to be a better princess, even as Hawaii's monarchy, and her throne, are being undermined by American businessmen.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.4 6.0 52596.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.8 11 Quiz: 24430 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780439129091
Format :
Book

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May 6, 1889

At Iolani Palace, Father and I met with Papa Moi and Mama Moi in the throne room. Papa Moi was solemn as he reminded me that it will be my responsibility to do as well as possible, and in that way, further the hopes of our nation. I was glad that I have never admitted to him how fearful I am about leaving. I think he would find that petty, as I go off not for myself, but for all of the Hawaiians I will someday lead.

"I will not fail, Papa, will I?" I asked Father, once we were in our carriage and on the way back to Ainahau.

"It is not even a possibility", he said, his voice full of confidence.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. From the Royal Diary series, this purports to be written by Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii. The story begins in1889, when the 13-year-old princess learns that she will soon be leaving for England to complete her education. She records her pleasures in her home and her family, her joy at befriending Robert Louis Stevenson, and her anxiety about her journey. The diary continues over the next four years as she travels to England, studies and matures, then returns to America to plead the case for her country's independence to America's people and their president. White sticks close to the facts in this fictional account of Kaiulani's life. Readers who enjoy this "diary" may also want to read Sharon Linnea's Princess Kai'ulani: Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People (1998). Back matter includes an epilogue, a historical note, a family tree, a section of photos, and a glossary. A good, accessible addition to a popular series. --Carolyn PhelanReference Books Bulletin


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This fictional journal covers a period of four years in the short life of Princess Victoria Kaiulani of Hawaii. Beginning in 1889, the 13-year-old starts recording her thoughts before she is sent to school in England. As heir to the royal Hawaiian throne, she must learn the poise and composure befitting a future monarch, a role she takes very seriously. In the earlier years of the journal, the overall tone is lighthearted, but Kaiulani frequently alludes to the political difficulties confronting the monarchy, which is plagued by exploitative American business interests. As the problems mount, the diary entries become sparse and filled with the princess's personal worries, with mentions of her failing health. The quotidian writing style is often self-conscious and frivolous, maturing along with the teen. The easy-to-read diary format will appeal to young audiences. The epilogue and historical notes that follow are essential for understanding the historical context of the story. The final sections of the book have several pages of photos and a glossary of Hawaiian words that appear in the text. This book provides an effective way of spreading the story of a dignified and courageous young woman. While it is not as well written as some other titles in this series, it is still a worthy addition to collections carrying the "Royal Diaries."-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gaines- ville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.