Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 10
- Grade: 5 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
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? Based on 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 authors
Kathy Kacer est une auteure primée qui a écrit de nombreux livres sur l'holocauste pour les jeunes lecteurs, dont The Magician of Auschwitz, L'histoire d'Edith, Le journal de Sara et Les espions de la nuit. Elle s'estime honorée de contribuer à faire connaître l'histoire familiale de Jenny Kay Dupuis. Kathy vit avec sa famille à Toronto.
Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her writing, including the American Jewish Library Association Award. In 1999, she wrote the first book in Second Story's Holocaust Remembrance Series, The Secret of Gabi's Dresser. Since then, she's penned four other books in the series. Kacer now writes about the Holocaust for young readers and travels the country speaking about it. Kacer lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family.
Juliana Kolesova is a Toronto based illustrator with more than twenty-five years of experience. She has successfully created hundreds of book covers 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.
"Kacer’s words and Kolesova’s pictures are certainly well-paired, offering a clear setting and accessible narrative about a princess who uses her power, and her ostensible weakness, to protect the most vulnerable subjects in her kingdom."
Jewish Book Council
"...the story itself is fascinating; the dark, formal, oil-painting-esque art is appropriately serious."
"Kacer was able to simplify this incident based on a true event in such a way that children will understand the urgency and fear without going into a lot of the Holocaust's horrors. Tilde and Princess Alice’s story shared here gives an uplifting message and encourages readers to help others."
Kiss the Book Jr.
"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
"Kacer leaves readers with valuable takeaways. 'The important message for kids is to stand up for their friends – in their community, in school and in their neighbourhood. To be a good citizen, demonstrate moral courage and stand apart from the crowd,' explained Kacer."
Canadian Jewish News
"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