· Illustrator: K.Y. Craft
· Publication Date: March 24, 1989
· Picture Book
· Genre: Fairytale
· Age Range: 5-8
· In this story, twelve beautiful princesses wake up every morning with worn out shoes even though their doors are securely locked at night so that no one can get in at night to wear them. The king is very confused so he says that any man that can solve this mystery can have one of his beautiful daughters as a bride. One man is given a magic cloak that turns him invisible so that he can follow the princesses at night and solve this mystery. He finds that the princesses escape through a trap door every night and dance until their shoes are worn. After telling the King this he takes the oldest daughter as his bride. This story conforms to gender stereotypes because the princesses do not even have a say in who they want to marry. Their father and this prince do not even regard their opinion. However, this story differs from other fairytales because these women do not rely on this man for any type of help. They are already financially secure from their heritage. It is similar to other fairytales because the women are beautiful and the man ends up marrying one of them in the end. It also involves a lot of elements of magic.
· Twelve Dancing Princesses would most likely be appealing to young girls from the title alone. If a boy came across this book he would not be intrigued by the title of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”. It involves dancing and princesses, which do not appeal to most young boys. Boys at this age would be more attracted to a title that involved dragons or warriors of some sort.