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Twelve Dancing Princesses, The
retold and illustrated by Ruth Sanderson

published 2013 • 8 ½” x 11” • 32 pages • full-color
ISBN 9781566568760 • paperback • $8.95

“Sanderson’s retelling of this classic tale from the Brothers Grimm is enthralling, and the muted elegance of her oil paintings captures the romance and magic of this well-known fairy tale.”
—Language Arts

“The illustrations capture the story's magic and romance....”
—Publishers Weekly

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A beautiful retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale with lavish full-color oil paintings

Long ago, in the days of princesses, castles, and magic spells, there lived a king and his twelve daughters. Although the king locked the twelve princesses in their bedroom each night, every morning their twelve pairs of dancing shoes were found to be worn quite through, as if they had been danced in all night long! The king proclaimed that anyone who discovered the secret of the worn-out shoes could marry the princess of his choice. Here is the enchanting story of how the mystery was finally solved…

Ruth Sanderson is the highly acclaimed illustrator of over seventy five books for children. Her fairy tale retellings include Cinderella, Goldilocks, The Snow Princess, and Rose Red and Snow White.

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“This is a handsome piece… Sanderson’s princesses are approachable—their youthful vitality in face and movement contrasts effectively with the rich period costumes…”

“Sanderson’s stately composition and sure hand with face and figure…create scenes so real that viewers begin to wonder why they are unable to hear the music and laughter.”
—School Library Journal

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