Annotations for Twelve Dancing Princesses


Baker & Taylor
A retelling, set in Africa, of the story of twelve princesses who dance secretly all night long and how their secret is eventually discovered.

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Baker & Taylor
Featuring collages of vibrant colors, rich textures, and dramatic shapes, this retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, set in Africa, follows twelve princesses who dance secretly all night long until their secret is eventually discovered.

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Penguin Putnam
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 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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