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THE PRINCESS AND THE HOUND by Mette Ivie Harrison

THE PRINCESS AND THE HOUND

By Mette Ivie Harrison

Age Range: 12 - 14

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-113187-5
Publisher: Eos/HarperCollins

Like a tale spun out over many winter evenings, this moves at a stately pace, and even its climax is measured. It begins with the story of King Richon and the Wild Man, and how the king became a bear. His descendant, the young Prince George, shares with his mother the ability to understand animal speech and lives, which is forbidden in the kingdom. When the queen dies, George is left with his secret and the burden of feeling he cannot be as good a king as his father. When George is betrothed to a neighboring princess who is always accompanied by her dog, it takes him a long time to tease out the relationship between the princess and her hound, despite his gift. The author ably delineates the power of the forest and its creatures and explores the difficulty of how to know another, even one’s father or one’s betrothed. Not for readers who want fast pacing or strong action, but still a well-told tale. (Fantasy. 12-14)