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The Little Princess

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on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 in Uncategorized

I received an email announcing that The Junior Library Guild has chosen my upcoming book, The Birthday Ball, as one of their Spring 2010 selections.  They asked me to write a short essay abut the origin of the book for inclusion in their catalogue.  A tough task because the book is a light-hearted romp set in a  palace and populated by various royal characters, plus chambermaids and kitchen staff,  and preparations for the upcoming 16th birthday of  the princess.  No deep inner meanings, no meaningful theme, just pure fun---and nothing wrong with that but it is hard to write an essay about it.

Then I remembered my own granddaughter's 6th birthday, for which I gave her royal garb: a fake ermine cape, a fake diamond tiara, the whole princesssy outfit. I looked through old photos for that ten-years-ago event, and found this one, which I included in my essay (though I don't know if they'll have room to print it in their catalogue).

Nadine age 6
Instead of writing about the origins of the book, I simply wrote about how young girls---at least this young girl of my acquaintance---identify with princesses and their milieu. In the book, Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her luxurious life and longs to be a peasant.  My little granddaughter, at six, would have traded her peasant life for a palace, I'm sure.

Of course she is now 16 (see previous post!), the age of the princess in the book, and her priorities have changed a bit!

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

The work of a solitary writer makes the solitary reader feel less alone.
p.s. might there be a link to the
"Paul Harding article"?

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

No link, though there are certainly MANY articles about Paul Harding and the book "Tinkers"---which was a first novel, published by a very small press (so the Pulitzer was a real coup.)
But my article was simply for the newsletter of an organization which had given him a grant to tide him over while he was doing the writing.

anonymous Monday, 29 November 1999

What story are you writing right now?

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Geoffrey Saturday, 11 November 2017

Your little princess is very cute looking. I say when she grows up you should ask her to start a career in essays because I think she has the skills for that.

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