Brothers of the Knight

by Debbie Allen, Toby Sherry, and Kadir Nelson

A funny modern retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” set in contemprary... read more

A funny modern retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” set in contemprary Harlem, is based on a stage version that was performed at Kennedy Center in 1998. Here the family dog narrates the story about the twelve boisterous sons of the Reverend Knight who sneak out every evening to go dancing and then blame the wear and tear on their shoes on their porr loyal mutt. A succession of housekeepers are unable to keep up with the boys, untilsweet Sunday arrives. She proves herself as more than a match for the twelve high-steppers. Kadir Nelson’s cartoon-style color illustrations add detail and whimsy to an appealing urban folktale. (Age 5-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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