Rachel Isadora: The Twelve Dancing Princesses

CategoryGenre 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 outTraditional 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 uniue collage art and showing characters who are African The theme here is a bit troubling and sexist to say the least the man who can figure do the father s bidding by figuring out where the daughters go each night gets to marry one of his daughters While the daughters seem empowered enough to sneak out each night to dance with princes of their own choice as a conseuence one of them has to marry the prince of her father s choice This is a modern retelling of a very old and outdated fairy taleThe book could serve its audience in that the illustrations and artwork are engaging and the book features non white characters However I would not choose this book to read with students unless we had the opportunity to discuss the themes and events in the book from a feminist and critical eye I chose the book based on the colorful cover not knowing the story I assume students might do the sameAwards noneCitations Booklist 122007 SLJ 122007 Horn Book Sept 2007 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 lengthdigestibility the soldier ust chooses a princess which bothers me way than say the violence in Hansel and Gretel I do like Isadora s illustrations This is an okay book I like that the princesses are not blonde hair blued eyed like many think but the marriage at the end is thrown in I understand that it is a children s story so I will have it in my classroom 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 ust 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 with him I guess her opinions don t matter here Arg Anyway Lo. Night after night the twelve princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes But how The king promises a great reward to any man who.

Ve the bright illustrations using cut paper collage and African printsThere s no motivation for the girls going out dancing each night They re not enchanted or bribed or forced or anything In fact the girls don t really have any personality at all So from a story standpoint I think this one misses a lotThe point of view is mainly from the soldier who figures out what s happeningLove the line in the beginning about 12 beautiful daughters with a picture showing a wide variety of appearances lightdark shorttall different hair and featuresThere s no explanation for why the girls were locked in every night When you first encounter it locking up the 12 girls together in a room each night sounds very odd A beautiful spin on the Brothers Grimm classic My daughter enjoys seeing princesses that look like her That being said it s a little dark that the princesses are poisoning the men and the king ends up killing them when they fail The princesses never express guilt for the lives lost 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 Wikipedia synopsis Two uestions 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 BACK through the woods to go home How much dancing do you think it would actually take to wear through a pair of shoes every night Even a thin pair of slippers I think a lot How are they not exhausted This leads me back to the story having no personality A little magic would add a lot to this story For instance if the slippers themselves are magic or each new pair is imbued with magic and they are able to extend the night and dance as much as they want without getting tired as long as they are wearing the slippers but when they wear through they must go back and sleep Or maybe they have a deal with 5 Hour Energy and get unlimited supply Something 2 How friggin selfish sociopathic are these bitches that they will allow men to come try to figure out their secret and pretty much condemn them to death by sedating them with spiked wine I mean eez You d think that King Daddy would cut off THEIR heads after a while Think how much they must be costing him 12 pairs of shoes a night for uncounted nights plus secret tunnel installation plus Can solve the mystery Rachel Isadora has revitalized and reimagined this well loved Brothers Grimm fairytale by bringing the story.

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Edatives and wine to put it in plus Headman axe plus Headman s salary and grinding wheel for axe upkeep and body and blood cleanup and head recovery personnel and their salaries I know MY dad wouldn t put up with that He d make me go barefoot at the very least 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 destination so he followed After two nights of following the princesses he made his way back to the king telling him where his daughters were hiding Once the truth was told about his daughters he married the eldest daughter off to the solider The fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses teaches the lesson of having morals This book is a reminder that giving their kids freedom is important Teens especially will want and freedom so they can act like an adult and it is normal Many fairytales include the same theme telling parents that if they hold too tight to their child which will possibly drive their child away I feel like this book ended abruptly I feel like the author could have extended the book a little to give the reader knowledge about what was happening in the story The thing I loved the most about the book was the illustrations Isadora created rich illustrations that are vivid and inviting to the African culture that the book is talking about I would not recommend this book to teachers for their classrooms The fairytale was confusing and can cause a lot of uestions from children who may come across this book On the other hand I do think this book could be beautifully used in an art classroom setting using the illustrations as a learning opportunity for African traditions This book was neat It gave us suspense and mystery to whom may discover the princesses hidden place where they sleep This made me want to keep reading and figure out During the adventure we get clarity of mystery and adventure as if we were the solider in search of the women The end 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. Of the twelve princesses to Africa The uniue presentation of this classic tale is sure to enchant readers with its vibrant imager.

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Rachel Isadora is an award winning children's author and illustrator She has written children's books on multiple topics including ballet life in America and Africa and has illustrated several Brother Grimm tales in an African setting She is most well known for her Caldecott Honor Award book Ben's Trumpet She was a ballet dancer before she became an illustrator and children's writer