What are princesses made of?
Stories, apples, adventure and starry belts!
Authors: Sanna Mander & Anna Sarve
Swedish original: Prinsessboken
Publisher: Schildts & Söderströms, 2018
Genre: Children’s nonfiction & fiction, illustrated
Number of pages: 60 pp.
Reading material: Swedish original, Finnish original, English sample
Rights sold: Estonia, Postimees Kirjastus (Eesti Meedia); Hungary, Kossuth
There are princesses everywhere–in the pages of story books but also in real life. Not all of them have crowns and not all of them have palaces; some princesses have silks and jewels, some bare feet and darned blouses.
The Princess Book is full of charming stories, strange facts and wild rumours about the world’s loveliest princesses (and a couple of really awful ones). Among the puzzles that are solved are why princesses sometimes kiss frogs, what they eat, what sorts of pets they have–and the demands that are made of them.
Enchantingly illustrated, The Princess Book offers a fastpaced and graphic account of what makes princesses of Snow White, Pocahontas and Cleopatra, Duchess, Catherine the Great, Rapunzel and many other heroines of fact and fantasy. The book was nominated for Runeberg Junior Prize 2019, often considered Finland’s second most important literary prize.
Known for her Finlandia Prize-winning picture book The Lost Key and her popular Princess colouring book, Sanna Mander returns to the world of princesses in this nonfiction book for children, which explores princess stories both familiar and unknown. Also revealed, of course, is what kind of shoes they wear on different occasions!
The Lost Key