The Wide-Awake Princess

Illustrator Vladimir Vagin
by Katherine Paterson

March 20, 2000 | Picture Books

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In this amusing, eloquently told story, created by Katherine Paterson specifically for artist Vladimir Vagin to illustrate with his beautifully detailed watercolors, there was born a wise little princess who was different from everyone else. Miranda had been granted the gift of being wide awake all her waking hours. Thus, unlike those before her, she was able to see that the peasants of the kingdom were overworked and starving while the nobles lived in selfish luxury. Miranda, with confidence and determination, forms an innovative plan to help her people overcome their oppression, and in the process reveals the power of words to vanquish ignorance and bring about change.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 48 pages, 10.5 × 7.5 × 0.13 in

Published: March 20, 2000

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395537770

ISBN - 13: 9780395537770

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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The Wide-Awake Princess

Illustrator Vladimir Vagin
by Katherine Paterson

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 48 pages, 10.5 × 7.5 × 0.13 in

Published: March 20, 2000

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395537770

ISBN - 13: 9780395537770

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In this amusing, eloquently told story, created by Katherine Paterson specifically for artist Vladimir Vagin to illustrate with his beautifully detailed watercolors, there was born a wise little princess who was different from everyone else. Miranda had been granted the gift of being wide awake all her waking hours. Thus, unlike those before her, she was able to see that the peasants of the kingdom were overworked and starving while the nobles lived in selfish luxury. Miranda, with confidence and determination, forms an innovative plan to help her people overcome their oppression, and in the process reveals the power of words to vanquish ignorance and bring about change.

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Miranda was different from other princesses. She had been granted the gift of being wide awake all her waking hours in a kingdom where others snoozed their days away. When her parents, the king and queen, died, three squabbling noblemen told Miranda she was not fit to rule. So she set off to meet the people of the kingdom in hopes that she might learn to be a good queen. Because her eyes were open, Miranda saw what others before her had not: The peasants were starving and overworked, while the greedy nobles lived in selfish luxury.

How Miranda forms an innovative plan to help her people and procure her rightful place as queen is eloquently told by master storyteller Katherine Paterson. Accompanied by Vladimir Vagin''s fanciful illustrations, this original fairy tale reveals the rewards of overcoming ignorance and using one''s own mind to bring about change.

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Katherine Paterson''s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor''s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People''s Literature in 2010-2011.
Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children''s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org), which is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization. The NCBLA''s innovative projects actively promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts.  She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (www.usbby.org) and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org).
She and her husband, John, live in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visit www.terabithia.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Paterson, who is best known to an older audience, weaves a princess tale with a couple of twists. The King and Queen proclaim a feast to celebrate Miranda''s birth, but the whole castle falls asleep before the guests arrive. So when Miranda''s fairy godmother finally appears, she gifts the child with the ability to be truly awake all her days. As Miranda grows, she studies castle life, and when her parents die, and the nobles tell her she can''t be queen, she goes off to learn what her people''s lives are really like. . . . The importance of listening, the courage to make a difference, the certainty that good takes time are ideas skillfully presented and lessons that make the lattice of the story. Vagin . . . contributes dry, slightly exaggerated pen-and- watercolor images that support the wry slant of the text."

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Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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