Discover how one princess makes kindness the new norm in
The Princess and the Café on the Moat
Once upon a time, there was a very busy castle. And in that castle lived a king, a queen, a young princess, and all their courtiers and attendants. Everyone was very busy. The king conferred with his knights. The queen was occupied with her ladies-in-waiting. And the rest of the palace staff were doing their daily chores. Everyone was working. Everyone, that is, except the princess.
The princess wanted to be busy like her parents and the others in the castle, but it seemed nobody wanted or needed her help. Thwarted in her efforts to be involved in the palace’s activities, the kind-hearted princess came up with a new plan.
Determined to be useful, the princess snuck away to the countryside to look for opportunities to help others. But will she find what she’s looking for beyond the castle walls?
The Princess and the Café on the Moat flips the traditional fairy-tale model on its head; instead of being rescued, the princess would rather come to the rescue of others. With a kind heart and a determined spirit, the princess in this story reminds us that everyone has a gift to share, and everyone can be helpful and kind to others.
Back matter includes information about Fairy Tales and a Good Deeds Activity!
Margie Markarian writes and edits content for children/teens, parents, and teachers. She spent five years running creative storytelling events for Grades K-5 through the Reading is Fundamental Program. The Princess and the Café on the Moat is her debut picture book. She lives in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Chloe Douglass has a Masters in Illustration from Kingston University and works as a freelance artist. She lives in Wimbledon, England.