the True Princess

by Angela Elwell Hunt
32 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Nienna

Lovely, wholesome children's book.


When the king has to leave to help with troubles in another kingdom, his daughter must be kept safe and hidden. With her Nana, the princess works in a bakery, learning to serve. As all the girls of the kingdom greet the king upon his return, how will he know which is the true princess?


Excellent. Service and humility are shown to be better than beauty and wealthy living. The princess makes the beautiful statement that she would serve the king's people because she loves the king.

Spiritual Content

The story is a loose allegory for our relationship to Christ as believers. It ends with Matthew 20:26-28 and a short talk about Jesus and applying the lessons to our lives.


It is stated that some people might want to put the princess out of the kingdom, which is why she must be hidden.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



A beautiful book with luscious illustrations, The True Princess breaks the trend of princess stories in which beauty and suitors are the focus. Kindness, love, and humility are shown as lovely and desirable, with the message being that love is what marks the child of the king. I especially appreciated the line about the princess' love for her father making her serve others.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 5-7

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
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