Maiden & Princess

Little Bee. Apr. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781499807769.
PreS-Gr 2–A multiracial cast stars in this tale of a kingdom in search of a princess for its prince. A warrior maiden who fights alongside and is friends with the prince reluctantly attends the matchmaker ball with encouragement from her mother that she may find her perfect match, “the one,” among the guests. She does indeed find the love of her life, not in the prince but in his sister, the princess. The vibrant, colorful costumes, makeup, and hairstyles of the characters as well as the opulent castle ballrooms effectively set a royal stage for the love story. The maiden’s omnipresent ruby-red pet dragon adds a bit of fantastical whimsy to the otherwise earnest love story. A follow-up to the authors’ Prince and Knight, this story is co-created by a Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices participant and a London based artist/filmmaker. The book is a partnership between the publisher and GLAAD, and proceeds from its sales will be used to “accelerate LGBTQ acceptance.”
VERDICT A positive and affirming picture book, featuring characters of color, a fledgling romance between two girls, and brilliant artwork

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