The King's Equal by Katherine Paterson

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Who is she?

A dying king makes his son his heir--on one condition. Vain Prince Raphael must marry a woman who is his equal in beauty, intelligence, and wealth...

Where is this woman?

A search throughout the kingdom proves fruitless. Then the lovely Rosamund appears at the palace, as if bymagic, and Raphael is certain he has found his wife. She is intelligent and wealthy, as well as beautiful--certainly his equal, he thinks.

But what does the mysterious Rosamund think?"Finding a princess who is the 'king's equal' in comeliness, intelligence, and wealth is an order that confounds the wisest, most loyal councilors in this distant realm.Finding a book equal in quality to this one is an even more formidable task.[Newbery medalist] Paterson weaves her story within the structure of familiar fairy tales. . . . Vagin's illustrations are exquisite." —SLJ.

1993 Teachers' Choices (IRA)
1992 Irma Simonton Black Award (Bank Street College of Education)
1993 Children's Booksellers' Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children)


About Katherine Paterson

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Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award. Vladimir Vagin is an award-winning designer and illustrator of more than fifty books. Mr. Vagin lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.
Published September 1, 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers. 64 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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There's a lesson here, of course, but Paterson (unlike many who use folkloric motifs to project contemporary messages) shapes her tale with such grace, narrative skill, and good humor that the lesson is a pleasure.

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A selfish, conceited prince is tormented by the dying words of his wise father, the benevolent king: ``You will not wear my crown until the day you marry a woman who is your equal in beauty, intelligence and wealth.'' Raphael's vanity prevents him from finding such a bride until an unknown maiden...

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PW starred this ""entertaining and enchanting"" story of a conceited prince in search of a bride who is his equal, and who then discovers he is the one who must prove his worthiness.

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