Book Review: 'The Princess' Blankets'

Carol Ann Duffy’s The Princess’ Blankets will speak more to adults and art lovers than to girls enchanted by Belle, Ariel and Jasmine. It tells a new fairy tale: the story of a princess who could never get warm; a suitor who showers her with blankets made from the ocean, the Earth and the mountain (and steals those things from the people of the kingdom); and the musician who warms her heart. (That part doesn’t sound quite so cliché in the book.)

The pictures are beautiful but dark -- even with the addition of gold, silver and copper to the pages, they were too subtle to hold the attention of my young ones. I tried abridging the story, too, omitting much of the lyrical description of each blanket, but they still slipped away. A romantic older girl might enjoy reading this to herself, but as a story to share together, it didn’t work for us.

—KJ Dell'Antonia

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