________________ CM . . . . Volume V Number 8 . . . . December 11, 1998

cover The Happy Princess: The Story of the Princess of Wales.

Nicholas Allan.
London, UK: Random House Children's Books (Distributed in Canada by Random House of Canada), 1997.
30 pp., paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-09-92645-7.

Subject Headings:
Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961- -Juvenile literature.
Princesses-Great Britain-Biography-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3 and up / ages 8 and up.
Review by Stephanie Yamniuk.

*** /4


But one thing Diana was very good at was caring for people - just like Snow White. So she got a job as a nanny. But soon after that she was offered a job as a princess.
image This is the touching story of Princess Diana, from her position as a nanny to princess, and ultimately as an angel. The story is told using watercolours and simple drawings to illustrate her life story. The book's author, Nicholas Allan, does a fantastic job of illustrating and writing this book in chronological order using simple terms that everyone, children, teachers and all readers alike, can understand and appreciate. Each page contains a sentence or so of text and an illustration that shows the power of pictures. Throughout this 30-page book, Allan's sense of humor is very appropriate and at the end of the book, deals with Princess Diana's death in a very positive way. His drawings show familiar characters in Diana's life, such as Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, the American President and Elton John.

      Princess Diana is shown to be very human, not a princess to be put on a pedestal. She must deal with situations that people of all ages will relate to, such as being afraid, being embarrassed and feeling sad. The story shows that she was born to make a difference in the world and to help others feel better. Princess Diana is shown to be a role model for all young people in the area of service to others. She is shown helping the poor, the sick, the homeless, the old and everyone in-between.

      This book could prove to be a starting point for discussions about community service, feelings about fear, loneliness, and death. Even though the text is very elementary, the content is appropriate for readers of all ages. This would be a good book to read to smaller children as well.

      The author and the publishers are donating half of all revenues from the sale of this book, after the deduction of costs, to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Highly recommended.

Stephanie Yamniuk, who has taught grades 1-12, is currently a freelance writer and works at the University of Manitoba.

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