Short snippets highlight stories of real princesses, including Lucrezia of Borgia, Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Ka'lulani, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Small quizzes, flow charts, timelines, and illustrations are sprinkled throughout the book.
Each profile is brief, with quirky details about princesses and what the idea of a princess has meant to the masses through the centuries. The tone is meant to be quirky and humorous, and the text jumps around between countries, time periods, and definitions of words like "trousseau" and "dowry." It's a little all over the place, with features like "The Tournament of Princesses," - a final four type showdown with reasons why one princess "wins" against another, and "The Princess Wars" board game. I wish there were a little more depth and historical detail, but I can see how the variety and short pieces might be more enticing to some readers.
"We'll start off way back in the medieval period, when princesses really did live in towers, and end up in modern times, when some kick-butt royal girls are changing the rules."
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