Princess Nada And The City Of Ice (New Tales Of The Arabian Nights Part 1)


By all accounts, the small kingdom of Astara was a prosperous one. The people defined success by one's outer beauty and wealth. Princess Nada, however, didn't meet these standards. Citizens laughed because she talked to animals; some said she wasn't pretty. Only Faruq, the gardener, understood her spirit and true beauty. One day, Nada saw enemy ships approaching, and she told her father. He didn't believe her, so she asked her bird friends to sound the alarm. No one would listen. With the help of Jabr, her parrot, they escaped to the kingdom of the Snow King and Snow Queen. How could they help?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a refreshing story. The illustrations are wonderful and the "princess" element is actually pretty muted.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is a story that started as an orchestral piece. It would be nice to have an audio CD as part of the standard book to truly lend drama to the imagery conveyed in the story and illustrations.

Little Kid Reaction

I like fairy tales, and it has a happy ending. The pictures were colorful. The cover reminded me of a Disney movie.

Parent Reaction

This was a surprise. I expected yet another take on the commoner-falls-in-love-the-princess theme, but it wasn't. Faruq merely plays the role of a person (v. an animal) who believes Nada, he is not the Prince Charming that we are used to in the Disney Princesses stories. The illustrations and page detail lend a lot to the story.

Type of Book:
This picture book offers a fairy-tale setting for a story about compassion, ignorance, and greed.
Educational Themes:

It might take some creativity, but there are plenty of things to share in this book...not the least of which is dispel the "Disney Princess" version of princesses. There are themes of friendship, respect (for people, plants, animals), kindness, being true to one's self, compassion, integrity, to name a few.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 10
Age of child:
Read by students at Menchville High School as part of our Use Your ABCs program.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a nice story and the illustrations are beautiful. It does not, however, offer characters of such depth and interest that you'll want them around forever.

Title Princess Nada and the City of Ice

New Tales af the Arabian Nights Part 1

Author Robert J. Resetar, Mary Knudson Schulte
Publisher Galde Press, Inc. © 1997
Illustrators Mary Knudson Schulte
ISBN 1880090554
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Friendship, Life Lessons, Fairy Tale
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