The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Four paw prints. Somewhere in a land far away from here there lives a girl named Princess Magnolia. Like all princesses, Princess Magnolia wears nothing but pink, knows how to make hot chocolate and sweet scones, and of course, she own a lovely unicorn. But, Princess Magnolia has a secret. She is really The Princess in Black and when no one is looking she defends her kingdom from danger, especially big blue monsters that like to eat goats. Unfortunately, Duchess Wigtower is determined to discover ALL of Princess Magnolia’s secrets. So, will Duchess Wigtower discover the secret, will the blue monster eat all the goats, will the goat boy trust his instincts about the Princess in Black, will Princess Magnolia be able to hide her black socks? This is the first book in a new series by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale of Rapunzel’s Revenge fame. This is an especially nice book because it shows that girls (princesses) can be smart, clever, strong, AND pretty and polite at the same time. Girls don't need to choose to be one type of person or the other. I realize there are more and more books showing that girls can be anything, but I feel this is one of the better examples for younger students. To learn more about The Princess in Black visit, http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/076366510X.art.1.PDF.