The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses A magic cloak A hidden passage A secret underground world beyond imagining Night after night the princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes But how are they doing it The baffled king promises a gre

  • Title: The Twelve Dancing Princesses
  • Author: Rachel Isadora Jacob Grimm
  • ISBN: 9780399247446
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A magic cloak A hidden passage.A secret underground world beyond imagining.Night after night, the princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes But how are they doing it The baffled king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery.From the colorful flurry of the princesses dressing room to a captivating nighttime scene on an underground lake, Rachel IsaA magic cloak A hidden passage.A secret underground world beyond imagining.Night after night, the princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes But how are they doing it The baffled king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery.From the colorful flurry of the princesses dressing room to a captivating nighttime scene on an underground lake, Rachel Isadora has revitalized and reimagined this well loved Brothers Grimm fairy tale by bringing the story of the twelve princesses to Africa Her collage of blazing colors, rich textures and dramatic shapes evoke the patterns and palette of this beautiful continent Returning to the lush setting of The Princess and the Pea, the unique presentation of this classic tale is sure to enchant readers with its vibrant imagery.

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    • Becky says:

      Another blahsome retelling of a Brothers Grimm story by Rachel Isadora. These retellings have all the personality of a wet paper bag. The artwork is cool, but what about the STORY? Kids want excitement and fun, not a synopsis. Two questions here as well: 1) How are these princesses able to do this every single night? They are (presumably) awake all day, doing princessly things, and then all night long they traipse through the woods, dance until their shoes are worn through, and then traipse BAC [...]

    • Kristen says:

      Gorgeous illustrations, and a nice, succinct retelling of kind of a crappy folk tale. Nothing against Isadora here - she added appealing things to a tale that was just yucky to begin with. If you're curious, my beef with this story is the ending [spoiler alert!] - the prince who follows the princesses gets to marry the oldest princess, and apparently they live happily ever after even though this princess has been going out WITH A DIFFERENT PRINCE, OF HER OWN FREE WILL and dancing all night long [...]

    • Linda says:

      Category/Genre: TraditionalCopyright: 2007Estimate Grade Level of Interest: K-3Estimate Reading Level: Grades 3-4Brief Description: The king wants to know where his twelve daughters go each night and rewards the man who can figure it out.Traditional literature includes folktales which tell a direct and entertaining story that also covers an important theme. The Twelve Dancing Princesses was originally a folktale by the Brothers Grimm and is retold here by illustrator Rachel Isadora, using her un [...]

    • earthy says:

      Isadora's art is a gorgeous mix of bright colors and textures made with oil pastels and different kinds of paper. The text isn't anything particularly new, but setting the story in Africa works remarkably well and gives a nice twist to the story.

    • Amy Perea says:

      The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel IsadoraThe Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora is about a king who had twelve daughters (princesses) that were waiting to be married. The only way the daughters could become married is if a man could discover where the princesses went to during the night. One day a soldier wanted to find out where to princesses went so he went to the king and pretended to be asleep. As he was sleeping he heard the princesses start to make their way to the secret de [...]

    • Jess says:

      August 2017 - I loved this fairy tale as a kid (especially the Faerie Tale Theatre production) but it feels less successful as a story to cut down to picture book length/digestibility (the soldier just chooses a princess, which bothers me way more than, say, the violence in Hansel and Gretel). I do like Isadora's illustrations.

    • Andy Hickman says:

      “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by Rachel Isadora, Jacob Grimm Clever and engaging African adaptation of the classic story, with vivid illustrations.***

    • Katrina says:

      Love the illustrations! The retelling of the story isn't my favorite (sometimes a little confusing), but it's fine. And it's a strange story no matter who is telling it, but that's not her fault.

    • Tabitha Kim says:

      We all know that classic fairy tales are timeless, but The Twelve Dancing Princesses written by The Grimm Brothers and illustrated by Rachel Isadora, portray a typical fairy tale with a sweet twist! Magic cloaks? Unknown secrets? Hidden underground worlds? Who would’ve ever thought anyone could come up with such a unique tale like that! Every night, these twelve beautiful princesses seem to wear out their shoes and when morning comes, their father (the king) is very curious as to how this can [...]

    • Kathleen Dixon says:

      The Grimms' fairy tale of the twelve dancing princesses is a fairly simple tale, and (of course, given the time in which it was originally told) solidly based in 'women-as-chattels'. I grabbed it from the library because Zenobia is fascinated by princesses. There's no point trying to fob her off with fairies or ballerinas - only princesses will do. So, it's a good opportunity to begin feminist critique. And yes, I know she's only 5, but you're never too young to begin learning critical thinking. [...]

    • Kat says:

      The pictures were the best part of this book. I had hope for some African flavor to be woven in the story but it was basically the same story put out by Little Golden Books in 1954. The story adds nothing new, not even sandals instead of shoes. The pictures, which looked like cut out paper layered, were really cool.

    • Natalie O'neill says:

      This story is a version of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale that has been retold and set in an African setting by Rachel Isadora. The pictures are vibrant, and I believe they would definitely appeal to children. The story is about twelve princesses who are sisters. They go to bed each night as expected, but every morning, their shoes appear to be worn as if they were dancing the night away. Their father is determined to find out where they go at night, so he challenges suitors to figure it out. He te [...]

    • Esther Moss says:

      Book title: The Twelve Dancing PrincessesReading level: unable to find online - judging by the text, it is likely a I or J level bookBook Level: This book would appeal to students in kinder-3rd gradesBook summary: In this multicultural take on the classic Grimm's fairy tale, the father of twelve princesses puts out a challenge to all eligible suitors - whoever can solve the mystery of why and how the princesses manage to wear out their shoes each night will meet with great reward. Genre: traditi [...]

    • DyolF Dixon says:

      The Twelve Dancing Princesses as retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora. This is a German folk tale written by The Brothers Grimm. There are at least 15 similar version in other European countries. Isadora retells the story in the setting of Africa. She uses illustrations that are very colorful and lively. Isadora down-plays most of the violent in original the story. The plot is at a level for PreK-2. This story will give the young students some prior knowledge for the reading of future litera [...]

    • DesMonet Cooper says:

      The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a children's folklore book about 12 princesses who are locked in there chambers at night. Their father is very confused to the fact that in the morning the princesses shoes are worn out even though they should have been in their rooms. He becomes so curious that he offers their hands in marriage to the man who can figure out how the princesses are escaping each night.Many princes fail at finding out the whereabouts of the princesses at night. An old soldier uses [...]

    • Jess says:

      The king's 12 daughters slink away each night to an unknown place. Where do they go and why do they constantly need new shoes? If you can figure that out, you've got yourself a bride.Rachel Isadora's illustrations rock. They're full of life and color, plus it's nice seeing something other than the traditional European-ish ballgowns and castle.The story, however, I've always had problems with. Sneaking out to go dancing in fancy outsides? Fun. Drugging the people trying to catch you even though y [...]

    • Esther Choi says:

      The African king wants to figure out why his twelve princesses’ shoes are always worn out. He promises to give one of his daughters in marriage to whichever man can solve the mystery. One man wears a magic cloak of invisibility and follows the princesses down an underground tunnel where he finds the answer behind the mystery. This is a classic story that is retold with an African twist and the textures, patterns, and artwork really bring about a cultural experience. For upper grades, a good le [...]

    • Sharia A. says:

      This book is about a king who tries to figure out what happens to his 12 daughters after night time so he hires a soldier to help him find where his daughters go. Throughout the book, the pictures are drawn brightly and sharp. This story would be a great way a teacher can explain African culture in the class and the type of land Africa has. This book also shows different facial features and jewels that other textbook/ children books to not display. I would recommend this book to other teachers b [...]

    • Stacie says:

      Beautifully illustrated retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale in an African context.

    • Dolly says:

      Our girls like to look up books on our library's online catalogue. This weekend our oldest looked up dancing. For fun, we borrowed a couple of versions of the Brothers Grimm story, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This is a fun version of the tale, with an African theme that is mostly apparent through the illustrations, as the story is not modified much from the original. It's a shorter story overall than the other story we read and the bold, colorful illustrations are fun. We really enjoyed our l [...]

    • J-Lynn says:

      A retelling of the Brother's Grimm story, this takes place in an African kingdom and is an excellent example of how fairy tales have universal stories that can apply to multiple cultures.This would be an excellent companion read to Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.The illustrations are bright, bold collages with various textures and depth. They bring the African countryside and royalty to life, making this more than just another retelling of an obscure fairy [...]

    • Elizabeth Bartos says:

      A fun loving Brother Grimms fairy tale recaptured through the beauty of Rachel Isadora's collages. The African depiction of the story allows children to view a world that may not be known to them. The vibrant colors and organic shapes in the illustrations captures the culture of African people and styles of traditional African dress. This would be a great book to share with students who may be learning about other cultures around the world, while also reading a much beloved fairy tale.

    • Joel says:

      This classic Grimm brother’s tale is visually transported to Africa in this retelling. Unlike other adaptations of the Brothers Grimm's stories (see Sugar Cane below), Isadora does little to adapt the story or the text to its African locale. Instead she relies on her whimisical, brightly-colored collage illustrations to convey the setting. This is a good short introduction to this tale that makes for excellent bedtime reading. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    • Karen says:

      I love these fairy tales redone by Rachel Isadora - the illustrations are fantastic! I initially purchased them just to add to our tall tale/fairy tale retellings for our jr. high library, but I like them so much, I may purchase for my home as well. While the story is very basic in the retelling, I think the illustrations and the added info most of them have adds to the appeal and worth.

    • Linda says:

      This is a multicultural version of the old tale and not quite as gruesome and the original I read, although the premise is the same. This could be used to discuss how listening to others might be helpful, or how being brave has its rewards. It can be compared to the other versions as well. The drawing and designs are also very enjoyable.

    • Mary says:

      A beautiful picture book that faithfully follows Grimm's version of the classic fairy tale with a traveling soldier breaking the curse with a cloak of invisibility and marrying the eldest daughter. The vibrant illustrations reimagines the story in an African kingdom giving the story a new and lively reinterpretation.

    • Annie says:

      Every night, the twelve princesses somehow wear out their shoes. The king offers a reward to anyone who can figure out how. This is a remake of the Grimm fairytale as they bring the princesses to Africa. The unique retelling of the story will capture the readers attention. This would be a good book for children kindergarten through fourth grade.

    • Christy Brown says:

      I really liked this book, the colors are so bright and the message that is written into the words. I also like the fact that the authors characters are not your average white male/female. He uses people from different backgrounds. It also brings into play differet culturs and that is a great message to our kids. I think that this would be a great book to read to my kids.

    • Melanie says:

      This is one of the most basic tellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses I have ever seen. It's as if the author/illustrator set out to lay down the facts of the storyd nothing else. There is nothing that distinguishes this story of any other except that the illustrations are of African Peoples.

    • Kim says:

      A wonderful rendition of one of the Grimm Brothers stories. I loved the illustrations in this story, and how beautiful and colorful they are. Just an amazing story, and I would love to have as a mentor text for folklore in my classroom.

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