Synopses & Reviews
Combining the romance and enchantment of princesses with a message of youthful female empowerment, these books are about girls who didnt just sit around waiting to be rescued. Against great odds, they changed their own lives—and their worlds. Stories of princesses from different cultures and different epochs in history are richly illustrated with photographs, maps, and lovely pen-and-watercolor paintings that help bring these fascinating females to life. In what could be a tale from The Arabian Nights, this book tells the story of a girl who grew up in 13th-century Persia to be so desirable that she was kidnapped several times for her beauty. Qutlugh Terkan Khatun found refuge at last in the arms of a prince, who married her and made her a princess. With him she ruled a nation, and the people asked her to continue as their sovereign after the prince's death. Her wisdom brought the people a golden age of peace and prosperity, and she is known, above all, for her kindness and compassion. Sections on the clothes Qutlugh Terkan Khatun wore, the foods she ate, and why she is remembered today are included.
The scrapbook-style design of the series lends itself to easy browsing, but these titles will serve well for reports, too, and are sure to interest readers who are looking for something a little different for their research.” School Library Journal
Nguyens cartoonish illustrations and Bridges cheekily humorous text are entertaining.” Horn Book Guide
Richly illustrated and narrated with touches of irreverent humor, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses tells the tales of real princesses who did what few thought possible. This book, Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman, brings to life the story of a real and remarkable princess who although desirable enough to be kidnapped for her beauty, and wise enough to be asked to rule a nation, was in the end remembered above all for her incredible compassion.
In what could be a tale from the Arabian Nights, a girl is kidnapped for her beauty, finds refuge in the arms of a prince, and goes on to successfully rule a nation. This book brings to life the story of Qutlugh Terkan Khatun, a real and remarkable princess who is remembered above all for her compassion.
In what could be a tale from the Arabian Nights, a girl grows up in thirteenth century Persia to be so desirable that she is kidnapped several times for her beauty. She finds refuge at last in the arms of a prince, who marries her and makes her a princess. With him she rules a nation and is so wise that, on his death, the people ask her to continue as their sovereign. But at the end of her long reign, she is remembered above all for her kindness and compassion. This book brings to life the story of Qutlugh Terkan Khatun, a real and remarkable princess who brought her people a golden age of peace and prosperity.
Richly illustrated and narrated with humor, The Thinking Girls Treasury of Real Princesses brings to life the stories of real and remarkable princesses who managed to do what few thought possible.
About the Author
Shirin Yim Bridges first book, Ruby's Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Childrens Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNNs Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Childrens Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children's Choices Award. Mary Wrightly So Politely launched in April 2013 to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To date, every book that Shirin has written or published has achieved national acclaim.
Responsible for the pen-and-watercolor illustrations that bring our princesses to life, Albert Nguyen received his MFA from the Academy of Art in 2006. He grew up in Minnesota before moving to San Francisco. In addition to being fond of drawing, painting, comics, and cartoons, Albert has a special affection for chubby animals.
The Thinking Girls Treasury of Real Princesses are his first childrens books.