The Wide-Awake Princess

The Wide Awake Princess In this amusing eloquently told story created by Katherine Paterson specifically for artist Vladimir Vagin to illustrate with his beautifully detailed watercolors there was born a wise little princ

  • Title: The Wide-Awake Princess
  • Author: Katherine Paterson Vladimir Vagin
  • ISBN: 9780395537770
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this amusing, eloquently told story, created by Katherine Paterson specifically for artist Vladimir Vagin to illustrate with his beautifully detailed watercolors, there was born a wise little princess who was different from everyone else Miranda had been granted the gift of being wide awake all her waking hours Thus, unlike those before her, she was able to see that tIn this amusing, eloquently told story, created by Katherine Paterson specifically for artist Vladimir Vagin to illustrate with his beautifully detailed watercolors, there was born a wise little princess who was different from everyone else Miranda had been granted the gift of being wide awake all her waking hours Thus, unlike those before her, she was able to see that the peasants of the kingdom were overworked and starving while the nobles lived in selfish luxury Miranda, with confidence and determination, forms an innovative plan to help her people overcome their oppression, and in the process reveals the power of words to vanquish ignorance and bring about change.

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    1. I guess I just don't get the whole Katherine Paterson is a wonderful author thing.I found this story to have some promise, but it also felt very disjointed in some places. I found some holes in the logic (at least to my logic). When Princess Miranda's parents (who spent her entire life ignoring her) died she mourned them because she felt they never took the time to know her. Seems like a child as alert to the world around her would have either made sure her parents participated in her life or fi [...]

    2. Ah perhaps it is message heavy but what this boils down to is a very engaging fairy tale. The story is well written and enjoyable. The messages of learning by listening and leading by empowering others are terrific. This reminds me just a little of other stories but it is sufficiently unique in the way it evolves. I liked Miranda a lot, especially how her friends are a few special animals. I appreciated her mindfulness (although I do wish it wasn’t gifted to her, as for me it makes it less spe [...]

    3. My son and I enjoyed reading this, and talking afterwards about the many lessons, including mindfulness and leading by listening. Great read.

    4. Favorite quote: "One morning she woke up and realized that however sad she felt, there was work to be done. She was queen now whether she liked it or not." (page 24)

    5. "If you know that being wide awake in a sleeping world is a gift and not a curse, you are even wiser than I had hoped." —The Wide-awake Princess, P. 28I would give this book two and a half stars. I think that all kids, especially, will be able to easily identify with the beginning plight of Princess Miranda, who is looked down on by the three nefarious usurpers of her crown title as being too young, too short, and tooother things, as well, to be able to run the kingdom as queen following the u [...]

    6. I recently reread this book after many years and noticed things that totally flew over my head the first time. I remembered the vibrant illustrations and the idea that "The Wide-Awake Princess" was supposedly the opposite of "Sleeping Beauty". What I didn't notice before, however, was what 'wide awake' really meant. Ms. Paterson wasn't just referring to being wide awake physically, but also being wide awake spiritually. In other words, her princess Miranda isn't blind to the sufferings and injus [...]

    7. Such an incredibly charming and wonderful book!!! How is it that I've never stumbled across it before??? My daughters and I were all immediately pulled into the story. The princess is born, but everyone is so bored that they don't bother to celebrate; only her fair godmother visits her, and gifts her with being wide awake during all her waking hours. The princess grows up energetic and curious, thoughtful and fair and always eager to learn. Her parents are selfish and thoughtless and the kingdom [...]

    8. Although I didn't think the book was fantastic, it is a great fairy tale about a smart and witty girl, that is AWARE. Like the message, yes cliche, but a good book to read when you like fairytales and need a dose of reality.

    9. this book has been sitting on my bookshelf since i was a kid, supposedly. but i had never read it until this year. it was rather good.

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