THE LAST PRINCESS by Fay Stanley

THE LAST PRINCESS

The Story of Princess Ka'iulani of Hawai'i
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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Third in line for the throne when she was born in 1875 to the younger sister of Princess (later Queen) Lili'uokalani and the Scottish Archibald Cleghorn, Ka'iulani's short life was dominated by the dissolution of the Hawaiian monarchy. Her happy childhood came to an end when her mother died in 1887; sent to school in England, it took two weeks for her to learn that American marines had forced her aunt to give up the throne. At 17, Ka'iulani traveled to Washington to intervene for her people, butdespite a sympathetic hearing from President Clevelandto little avail; back in Hawaii by the time of formal annexation, she caught pneumonia a few months later, dying at 23. The artist's mother reports this brief life with simple dignity; but most compelling here are Diane Stanley's well- researched, jewel-bright paintings, her carefully delineated figures, stiff as old photos, deployed against a wealth of pattern and landscape. Attractive; informative. Note on the Hawaiian language; bibliography. (Biography. 7-10)

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1991
ISBN: 0-02-786785-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Four Winds/MacMillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1991