Student Teacher, March 20, 2010 (view all comments by Student Teacher)
I was introduced to this book in a children's literature class. I would never read this to children (or anyone) because it promotes homosexuality. Children would be very confused after listening to this book. It's just not right.
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shelebus, May 16, 2009 (view all comments by shelebus)
Have you ever been to the library with kids? If you have, you know you grab the books off the bookshelves without delving too deeply into the book itself. And you hope somewhere in your pile is a book that you want to read over and over again. Every now and then you find a gem. This is exactly what happened when we discovered King and King. This fairy tale makes you laugh and smile. It is a twist on a classic tale, and a refreshing one at that! What a great way to introduce or encourage open dialog about same sex couples with the kids you love. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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ninjahobbittrain, May 27, 2006 (view all comments by ninjahobbittrain)
I've been looking for decent children's books that deal with the subject of gay couplings for ages, and it is rare to find one that is just a fun story, rather than something that reads like a schoolbook, as well as something with truly good illustrations. I wish there were more like this out there.
To the person who wrote the last comment: I think you are confused. What is meant by the term "diversity" and the idea of the acceptance thereof is that families, couples and people with different tastes and from all walks of life should be able to co-exist peaceably, given that two-dad families, two-mum families, grandmother raising grandchild families, Puerto Rican living with Taiwanese families, one mum one dad one son one daughter families, divorced and remarried with multiple stepchildren families, and so on ad nauseam are all equally valuable, and equally worthy of respect and acceptance within society. Not everyone is identical to you. Deal with it.
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by Hornbook Guide to Children,
"Silly but affectionate collage illustrations match the text for whimsical irreverence. Missing the political point, the young audience will probably come to the conclusion that this prince likes boys better than girls, which, of course, he does."
"Adults will know what's coming early in the story, but many kids won't. They'll simply like the fun artwork and the final twist on conventions."
by Children's Literature,
"This story recognizes no differences between homosexual and heterosexual relationships....The colorful, amusing illustrations and the humor of the story will appeal to kids."
by School Library Journal,
"The book does present same-sex marriage as a viable, acceptable way of life within an immediately recognizable narrative form, the fairy tale. However, those looking for picture books about alternative lifestyles may want to keep looking for a barrier-breaking classic on the subject."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Indeed a book whose time has come."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"Progressive...inclusive...exuberant collage-flecked art."
by Philadelphia Gay News,
"A great book to teach young readers about same-sex couples."
by NAPRA Review,
"[A] modern tale of happily-ever-after."
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