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Wrede, Patricia
New York : Point, 1992.
ISBN 0152229000

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

In a land where everything is supposed to be done in a proper fashion, Princess Cimorene didn't fit in. She hated embroidering and learning the different ways of screaming for being captured by different monsters. But, most of all she didn't like Prince Therandil. Instead of marrying him she runs away, and gives herself to dragons. When wizards get involved though things become very serious. If you want to find out what happens to Princess Cimorene read this book. (Sandra Watkins <>)

Booktalk #2

I know many of you loved the Harry Potter books and are having a hard time waiting for the next book in the series. While waiting, why don't you try "Dealing with Dragons"?  This book is similar to the Harry Potter books because it is also a fantasy story, and it's very funny. This is the story of Princess Cimorene of Linderwall.  Unfortunately for her, Princess Cimorene is not a typical princess and soon becomes bored with the only activities she is allowed to do: learn embroidery and drawing, memorize etiquette rules, and practice dancing. Listen as I read a little to you about her:  (Here I read pp. 1-3, which introduce this "princess with attitude" and show the book's humor.) As you can tell, Cimorene just doesn't fit in, and she finally runs away and becomes a dragon's princess near the Enchanted Forest.  She has lots of adventures, but the most exciting one is when she discovers a plot hatched by the wizards to trick the dragons. Read "Dealing with Dragons" and see how Cimorene schemes with her friends to save the dragon kingdom. (Alexandra Provence, Library Media Teacher, Springstowne Middle School, Vallejo, CA

SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales
                        Princesses -- Fiction
                        Dragons -- Fiction
                        Wizards -- Fiction


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