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(I will save the princess) Book not yet available in English

Summary:

A young knight faces a thousand adventures to save a princess locked up in a tower, after challenging a dragon, a dangerous leopard, and the soldiers who keep her imprisoned. The knight takes off the helmet, and… surprise, surprise! The knight is a girl! She is full of imagination, and she saves her friend from boredom to lead her to new imaginary adventures: from the top of a swing, they fly together, like eagles towards the sea.

Comment:

A story in rhyme that overturns the consolidated (and boring) character of male heroes who rescue damsels in distress. The first part of the story leaves little room for imagination, even if here and there some illustrations seem to hint at the final turning point (the prince’s helmet has a pink plume, and the steed – which actually is the girl’s bike – is also pink). Everything seems to move towards the ending of a traditional fairy tale, when the princess, “after going pee, ready to go out, hair brushed, tissues in her pocket,” brings us back to a friendship between girls, which succeed to overcome the boredom of everyday life. The trait of the illustrations is simple but very ironic, with details that wink at an attentive reader. The book is also suitable for an unaccompanied reading.

Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)

Author(s): Cinquetti, Nicola

Illustrator(s): Vignale, Silvia

Series: I due per due

Publisher: Lapis

City: Roma

Year: 2008

Pages: 28

ISBN: 9788878741119

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: IT

Original Language: IT

Keywords: Friendship, Positive role model, Princess/prince, Rewriting

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