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'A message every girl needs to hear' Print Email
Written by By Lindsey Rodarmer   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 03:44 PM America/New_York

Karen Kingsbury's book reminds readers that true love is safe

the princess and the three knightsBest-selling novelist Karen Kingsbury's newest children's book explores the themes of inner beauty and devotion. In The Princess and the Three Knights (978-0-310-71641-9, hardcover, $16.99)—to be published next month by Zonderkidz—Kingsbury looks at how beauty is only skin deep, but true love comes from the heart.

Illustrated by Canadian muralist Gabrielle Grimard, The Princess and the Three Knights tells the story of a young man who seeks to win the hand of a beautiful princess. The king is determined to find the one worthy of his daughter, so three knights must endure tests and challenges to show their courage and strength. But those qualities alone will not win the king's approval or the princess's heart. The right knight must prove his kindness and character as well as display true love for the king's daughter.

"Little girls need to know that some friends will keep them safe and some will not," said Kingsbury, whose other children's books include Let Me Hold You Longer (Tyndale House Publishers) as well as Let's Go on a Mommy Date and We Believe in Christmas (both Zonderkidz). "The Princess and the Three Knights is a story intended to show them that friends who truly care about them will give them the best happily ever after."

Kingsbury added that she read the book—written for children ages 4-7—to her teenage daughter's Bible study group. "It brought the room full of girls to tears," she recalled. "Together they agreed, 'This is a message every little girl needs to hear.' "

In addition to a national publicity campaign, the book will be marketed by Zonderkidz in partnerships with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International and Generations of Virtue as well as promotions through the Public Library Association.

To order The Princess and the Three Knights, call Zondervan at 800-226-1122, or go to

Lindsey Rodarmer is associate director of PR at Zonderkidz.