The Brave Princess and Me
The Brave Princess and Me
By Kathy Kacer and Illustrated by Juliana Kolesova
Hidden from the Nazis by a Princess
In 1943, the Second World War is raging, and the Nazis have taken control of most of Europe - including Athens, where Princess Alice of Greece lives. Princess Alice is kind and accepting of different types of people. Something the Nazis are not. Born deaf, she knows what it is like to be discriminated against.
With the arrival of the Nazis, all the Jews living in Greece are in danger, including young Tilde Cohen and her mother. On the run, they must find a safe place to hide. When they arrive, unannounced, on Princess Alice's doorstep and beg her to hide them, the princess's kindness is put to the test. Will she risk her own life to save theirs?
Inspired by a true story, the book includes a special section, with photographs, about Princess Alice. A real-life hero, Alice was the mother of the United Kingdom's Prince Philip, the grandmother of Prince Charles, and the great-grandmother of Princes William and Harry.
About the Author
Kathy Kacer is a celebrated author of numerous children’s books about the Holocaust. Her books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.
About the Illustrator
Juliana Kolesova is a Toronto based illustrator with more than twenty five years of experience. She has successfully created hundreds of book covers for for various publishers in Canada, USA, and Europe. Her works have been recognized through numerous national and international awards including Applied Arts awards for illustration, book cover design and photography.
Release: September 10, 2019
8.5 x 11
Ages 7-10 / Grades 2-5
Lexile: 720L Guided Reading: T
Praise for The Brave Princess and Me
"Kathy Kacer has created another brilliant historical picture book based on a true story from World War II.... The Brave Princess and Me deserves a place in every public and school library…Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials, 5 Stars
“The color illustrations, photorealistic in style, clearly show the shock and fear on the faces of the protagonists, adding additional resonance to the moving story. The language is clear and simple, making this a good introduction to the time period and making the story, although suspenseful, appropriate for younger children who are not yet ready to read about some of the more graphic horrors of the Holocaust.” - AJL News and Reviews (Association of Jewish Libraries), 10/01/2019
“Kacer’s words and Kolesova’s pictures are certainly well-paired, offering a clear narrative about a princess who uses her power, and her weakness, to protect the most vulnerable subjects in her kingdom.” - Jewish Book Council