When the King hears of Anna’s disappearance, he decides to leave his kingdom to find her. A battle is waged in which the King alone fights all the servants of Olbaid. He is killed, but does not die (if that makes sense). As he jumps to his feet he proclaims: “You have no power over me or mine.” The King then takes Anna by the hand and shows her the way home.
What I Like: My daughter is really into princesses! I like having a Christian alternative to the many Disney princess stories. The author does a wonderful job showing the love and concern the King has for his children. It is sometimes difficult for children (and adults) to understand how much God wants what is best for us. This book illustrates it very well. Speaking of illustrations, Tristen Elwell does a fantastic job with this picture book. His paintings are perfect for this enchanting fairy tale.
What I Dislike: The book crams too much into a children’s story. It is long – way too long for preschoolers. I feel the story would be more effective if the author had focused on one aspect of salvation, perhaps creating a series, instead of putting everything in one book. The content is too heavy for a book this size; definitely too heavy for the age group the publisher recommends. Furthermore, the main character is boring and kind of whiney; certainly not a character I would want my children to admire. Finally, and this is minor, the illustrations of the Lowlanders were better than those of the “majestic kingdom”. Personally, I was more drawn to them than I was to the servants of the King. It should have been the other way around.
Overall Rating: Good
Age Appeal: 4-8 (according to the publisher) ... I would recommend 6 and above. Preschoolers are really too young to sit this long, much less understand the story.
Publisher Info: Tommy Nelson, 2005; ISBN: 1400305543; Hardback; $16.99
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