The King's Equal

The King's Equal


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Who is she?

A dying king makes his son his heir—on one condition. Vain Prince Raphael must marry a woman who is his equal in beauty, intelligence, and wealth...

Where is this woman?

A search throughout the kingdom proves fruitless. Then the lovely Rosamund appears at the palace, as if by magic, and Raphael is certain he has found his wife. She is intelligent and wealthy, as well as beautiful—certainly his equal, he thinks.

But what does the mysterious Rosamund think?

Two-time Newbery Medalist Katherine Patersons critically-acclaimed original fairy tale about an arrogant prince and his search for a bride is now available in a reformatted chapter book edition. With beautiful new line art by Curtis Woodbridge, this provocative story with a contemporary social message (The New York Times Book Review) will become an instant classic for newly independent readers. An entertaining and enchanting story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064420907
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/09/1999
Series: Trophy Chapter Bks.
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 281,640
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.

Curtis Woodbridge has illustrated numerous book covers and audio packages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The King's Equal 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short story that feels like an extended folk tale. A king is dying, and knowing the arrogance of his only son, his final wish is that his son must find a queen that is equal to him in wealth, intelligence and beauty. Prince Raphael is denied the crown until such a bride is found. Raphael is furious, and yet far too proud to accept any of the princesses brought before him as his equal. One night, the mysterious Rosamund appears. Raphael is smitten and asks for her hand, implying that she is his equal. Before she accepts, Rosamund has her own requirement: Raphael must spend a year on the mountain raising goats. She believes that if he follows this wish he might just return a grown man at last. As in folk tales and fairy tales, the people here are built upon strong character types that are one dimensional. In this case, their clearly defined natures are used to teach us the moral of the story and evoke our emotions. I was truly angry at Raphael's arrogant stupidity, moved by Rosamund's goodness, and eager to see all set right. Rosamund teaches us what true beauty, intelligence, and wealth really are, a lesson we already know but frequently forget, and Paterson reminds us in a modern day fairy tale that transcends time and place in its message.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The King's Equal is one of my favorite picture books, more for Katherine Paterson's text than Vladimir Vagin's illustrations, though those are lovely in their own right. I have read it several times to my five-year old sister over the course of the last two or three years, and each time I am surprised by how well it holds her attention, especially given the length of the story. It's just that magical, I suppose. Ms. Paterson (who I am a great fan of, but perhaps more here than in her usual novel-length stories for young people) uses fairytale conventions such as the number three and turns them to her own use; the end result is not unlike a George MacDonald allegory. A friend, to whom I recommended this book, commented that a few of the plot threads were not tied off and a few phenomena went unexplained. I did not notice them during my reread, and thought any unanswered questions only added to the mystery of this beautiful story.
benuathanasia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for early readers. Children can learn about equality and what it means to be a decent member of a functioning society. Other lessons in the story include kindness to animals, friendship, sharing, and love.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A fairy tale with a prince in need of help, a bright and kind young girl and a bit of magic -- excellent combination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cute story for smaller children. Nice plot and character.