The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Alison Jay

Alison Jay gives us another retelling of the German folktale recorded by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. 

As the story goes, once upon a time there was a King with twelve daughters. Every night the twelve princesses would go to bed and every morning their shoes would be worn through with holes. The King wanted answers so he sent out a proclamation that whoever could solve the mystery of his daughters’ shoes could choose a princess for his bride.

What is unique about Jay’s retelling are her enchanting illustrations which, in her own noteworthy style, echo the medieval art of the story’s origin. A good addition to the Brothers Grimm legacy.

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