Princess Academy is a great read: the characters are interesting, their problems are interesting, and their methods of meeting challenges are interesting. All fiction gives children access to the world, insights into others' hopes, worries, and actions and that's a particular strength of this book. Yes, their world has some features not found in our world (so if you prefer realistic fiction to fantasy fiction go find another book). The fantasy elements of the book provide the novelty. Meanwhile there's a remarkable infusion of economics concepts and insight into oppression while we're at it. Summary: a great read with novelty provided both by fantasy elements and by offering some truely big ideas from our real world.
Get out of a reading rut, this book is different in wonderful ways. What would girls in a remote mining community need to learn if you knew the next princess would be one of these girls? This imaginary country set up a princess academy so that when the prince chooses a bride, whoever it is will have a background in the rudiments of diplomacy, economics, and arts. What would mining community girls DO with this knowledge, if they didn't just learn it to the level of "parroting" it back to the teacher, but really understood the power of these ideas?
The book has strong characters, intriguing plot twists, and touches of the supernatural handled in a way that brings up interpersonal issues. Shall we treat folks differently if they can't tune in to the supernatural? I typically prefer realistic settings, as the real world is really interesting enough, but hats off to the author for using it both for novelty and for theme. Shannon Hale's writing style is inviting and fluid. This book is irresitable.
Miri feels left out in the life of her village, kept out of the quarry by her over-protective father. Then a chance of a lifetime comes along - the chance to be a princess. Will Miri be the chosen girl?
This book shows girls that everyone has talents and gifts, even if they are not immediately noticeable. Miri goes from being a quiet, lonely girl to an important part of her community; maybe the most important part. My students love this book, and so do I!
This is a cute story I "pre-read" for my girls and really enjoyed reading it in the process. It is kind of fun to think of living a whole different life like she does.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was not what I expected from a book about a school for prospective princesses. The girls were from a small, close-knit, hard working community. The lessons they learned were not superficial and the girls were able to use what they learned to help their own community. Miri was a great character, a strong girl who became a leader despite her own insecurities. I think she is a great role model for young girls and I look forward to when my daughter (who is now 4) is old enough to read this book.