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The Princess Rules

The Princess Rules

by Philippa Gregory

Narrated by Daisy Bevan

Unabridged — 2 hours, 58 minutes

Philippa Gregory

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Overview

Princess Florizella may live in a classic fairy-tale world, but she's no ordinary princess¿

These three stories were originally published under the titles Princess Florizella, Princess Florizella and the Wolves and Princess Florizella and the Giant.

They were originally dedicated to her daughter but have been reimagined in this edition which she has dedicated to her grandchildren.

“Princess Florizella was friends with some of the princesses who had studied the Princess Rules, and behaved just as the Rules said they should. Florizella thought their hair was lovely: so golden and so very long. And their clothes were nice: so richly embroidered. And their shoes were delightful: so tiny and handmade in silk. But their days bored her to death¿”

Instead, Princess Florizella rides her horse, Jellybean, all over the kingdom, having adventures of her own¿

“¿perfect for newish readers who are gaining confidence and ready for a challenge”  The Times Review

“These are enchanting, simply written stories that have lost none of their pertinence - and this timely new edition deserves to win Florizella another generation of admirers.” 5 star review in the Saturday Telegraph



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These are enchanting, simply written stories that have lost none of their pertinence – and this timely new edition deserves to win Florizella another generation of admirers.” 5 star review in the Saturday Telegraph

“…perfect for newish readers who are gaining confidence and ready for a challenge” The Times

School Library Journal

06/01/2020

Gr 1–3–Three previously published "Princess Florizella" tales are grouped together in this delightful collection. Princess Florizella is not a typical princess. This quirky, confident tween rejects rules and loves her horse, adventure, and swordplay. She doesn't plan to marry, refuses to be rescued, and likes to take matters into her own (not-always-competent) hands. Readers are introduced to her in the first story, "Princess Florizella." Though the narrator follows the traditional fairy-tale form, the voice is decidedly wry, with witty asides that help subvert fairy-tale conventions. Florizella is sent to attend Prince Bennett's breakfast, where he will find a bride. She observes how other princesses neither eat nor express opinions as she tucks into a hearty breakfast and opines freely. When Bennett proposes, Florizella offers friendship instead, much to her parents' dismay. In "Florizella and the Wolves," the princess rescues a litter of baby wolves after their parents are killed by a hunter. She hides them in the castle but her behavior leads people to believe that she's turning into an animal. "Florizella and the Giant" showcases the protagonist taking initiative. Bypassing the adults, she vows to battle a giant who seems to be rampaging the countryside. Accompanied by Bennett, she sets out to do the deed right. Grey-toned spot art enlivens the text and adds humor. VERDICT These gently feminist fairy tales celebrate individuality, friendship, and partnership. A collection that belongs in all libraries serving youngsters.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill M.S., Closter, NJ

Kirkus Reviews

2021-04-27
Princess Florizella challenges princess stereotypes and still gets the prince—on her own terms….

Princess Florizella’s parents are unconventional royals who did not teach her the Princess Rules but let her do as she liked. As a result, “she grew up into a cheerful, noisy, bossy, happy girl.” So when she is invited to a ball by handsome Prince Bennett, along with 120 other, more conventional, princesses, she is the only one not interested in marriage but a fun party and excellent food. The prince decides she is the only one he wants, however, so he’s flabbergasted by her refusal. But they decide that they can settle for being best friends. Florizella flouts convention when she rescues Prince Bennett from a nasty tussle with a dragon only to be “prince-splained” as he expounds upon her violation of gender norms. In the second of the three interconnected stories in this work, the prince really does come to the rescue with a smart plan to make a wolf cub a more acceptable resident in the eyes of her royal parents. In the final story, Florizella and Bennett embark on a mission to rescue the Seven Kingdoms from the ravages of a destructive giant. Young readers will enjoy this validation of normal, gender-inclusive behavior. Florizella reads as White and Bennett as Black; the cheerful, charming illustrations have a classic feel and portray a diverse supporting cast.

A hilarious, wacky spoof on fairy-tale conventions. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940172487309
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 06/02/2022
Series: The Princess Rules , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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