What is a true princess? Many little girls get easily caught up in the allurement of the princess theme. Shiny, sequined gowns, glittering crowns and fur trimmed capes fill the dress-up closets of many homes in North America. Just search “princess theme” on the internet and you will find a wealth of movies, books and toys that perpetuate the myth of the royal advantage.
Is this the image we want to give our young girls? The Bible talks of a different sort of princess—the daughter of a different King. Psalm 45:13 says that “The king’s daughter is all glorious within.” If you are looking for a book that takes a unique perspective on the character of a godly princess, you will want to read The True Princess by Angela Elwell Hunt.
- Title: The True Princess
- Author: Angela Elwell Hunt
- Publisher: Charisma Kids: available through Lamplighter Publishing
- Genre: Illustrated Fiction
- Number of Pages: 32
- Theme: Allegory
- Age Range: 4-7
- Of Note: The qualities of a true princess of the King are contrasted with the worldly qualities normally associated with a princess. It is not the major focus of the allegory, but for some children it might be a temptation.
- Links: Lamplighter Books
Summary of The True Princess
Like all fairytale princesses, the daughter of the king in this story is well cared for and lacks nothing. All that she can want or need is provided. That is, until her father has to make a long journey and leave his child behind. Worries abound in the princess’ mind as she contemplates her father’s absence, but the wise King leaves a helper to provide for his daughter’s needs in an unusual and entertaining manner.
This good quality, hard-bound book is illustrated with bright watercolour paintings. The text reads smoothly and stands up to the test of re-reading over and over. The author, Angela Hunt, has used a repetitive theme to unveil the “true” qualities of a daughter of the king, an idea based on the passage from Matthew 20:26-28. “ But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
SAW Rating System
- Good Qualities – 3/5
- Great Qualities – 4/5
The age old illusion that the beauty and wealth of a princess are what give her worth is clearly refuted in this amusing allegory. It provides a door to discuss with your younger daughters the virtues that our heavenly King will be looking for when he returns to earth and searches out his children by their deeds of love, and their servant hearts.
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