The Lacemaker and the Princess

The Lacemaker and the Princess

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Lacemaker and the Princess 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
cablesclasses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be fly on the walls in Versailles right before the French Revolution would prove to be an interesting tale---allowing the world to truly know the Marie Antoinette. Was she only concerned with fashion and court or did her family mean something to her? Bradley¿s tale allows us to be a fly through the eyes of a child lacemaker, Isabelle, hired to be a playmate of the Queen¿s daughter Princess Therese. This historical fiction allows the reader to come to understand the differences between the working classes and royalty. Destitute and completely reliant upon patronage, the lacemakers work from dusk to dawn to make their means. In stark contrast are the royals at Versailles who seem to want for nothing and yet have everything. Isabelle¿s plausible role is clarified in the author¿s note, which explains some of the main events during the French Revolution and the royals¿ lifestyle.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great novel for younger readers who are about to be introduced to the history of the French Revolution. It¿s fitting for younger readers, as the main character and narrator is a child. Isabelle¿s naivete really shows, she¿s happy to be a playmate of the Princess and prefers to be there instead of back at the shop making lace while her Grandmother makes snide comments, and her mother who is sick also tries to help out (with little success). Isabelle doesn¿t really realize the severity of the situation happening in France until her brother points it out. Then as the story develops, Isabelle¿s eyes open and they do see what¿s really happening outside of the palace. Isabelle also gets another reality check when she comes home to find it in disrepairI had no sympathies for the Grandmother, she was mean and although it¿s true that earning money was the main focus and priority, she belittled Isabelle and her mother and didn¿t treat them so nice. To me, she was just a bitter old woman who needed an attitude adjustment.The plot was well written and an easy read. I liked the relationship between the Princess and Isabelle. The Princess does shed a few secrets of her own, mostly on how she feels about her mother, the Queen (Marie Antoinette). Although she might act like a typical Princess, spoiled, selfish, and self centered. She¿s also a young girl who just needs a bit of love, care, and decent friends who are not friends with her just because of her title and status. I thought Isabelle was a good friend, who not only was supportive and caring but also gave the Princess an eye opener or two about how life was really like out there outside of the palace. Overall, it¿s a great novel for younger readers to introduce them to this aspect of history. Those who love historical fiction will also enjoy reading this quick read.
bimrich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Isabelle (Bella) only 10, poverty with mother and grandmother, brother George in stables, Versailles, Princess Therese, friend Ernestine, Marie Antoinette, leading to revolution, General Lafayette, friendship survive, given ring by Queen, use to go to England
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I was about 11. Though the plot is not very realistic, it is a highly interesting story, filled with twists and turns. There's some really neat history woven in as well, which will be even more relevant if you are learning about or are interested in the French Revolution. Overall, an entertaining read.
rockababe45 More than 1 year ago
this was one of my first book about historical, other than those royal diaries lol. but its great, i wont give any important details but i will tell you it is a great comparison to how the royal lived and how the commoners lived during the time of revolution in France. better yet it is a story of friendship and even though Theresa is a bit of a brat she changes and Isabelle helps make that. Its about decision making and between whats right and wrong, emotions and heartache. its a definite book for any young reader or older. and it teaches young readers alot of the French Revolution but in a way its easier for them to understand than in a textbook.
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great novel for younger readers who are about to be introduced to the history of the French Revolution. It's fitting for younger readers, as the main character and narrator is a child. Isabelle's naivete really shows, she's happy to be a playmate of the Princess and prefers to be there instead of back at the shop making lace while her Grandmother makes snide comments, and her mother who is sick also tries to help out (with little success). Isabelle doesn't really realize the severity of the situation happening in France until her brother points it out. Then as the story develops, Isabelle's eyes open and they do see what's really happening outside of the palace. Isabelle also gets another reality check when she comes home to find it in disrepair I had no sympathies for the Grandmother, she was mean and although it's true that earning money was the main focus and priority, she belittled Isabelle and her mother and didn't treat them so nice. To me, she was just a bitter old woman who needed an attitude adjustment. The plot was well written and an easy read. I liked the relationship between the Princess and Isabelle. The Princess does shed a few secrets of her own, mostly on how she feels about her mother, the Queen (Marie Antoinette). Although she might act like a typical Princess, spoiled, selfish, and self centered. She's also a young girl who just needs a bit of love, care, and decent friends who are not friends with her just because of her title and status. I thought Isabelle was a good friend, who not only was supportive and caring but also gave the Princess an eye opener or two about how life was really like out there outside of the palace. Overall, it's a great novel for younger readers to introduce them to this aspect of history. Those who love historical fiction will also enjoy reading this quick read.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Isabelle and her family make lace in the town of Versailles. They're behind on their rent and work to keep up with the bills. If only they could get someone from the royal household wearing their lace, then they might stand a chance.

When Isabelle delivers some lace to the palace, she purposely takes a wrong turn to view more of the castle. She bumps into Marie Antoinette, who introduces the young girl to her daughter. The princess and Isabelle become friends and Isabelle changes from the lacemaker to a member of the royal household each day she visits, only to return to reality when she leaves for the day. Problems at home force Isabelle to take over the family business and to live the life she's come to despise.

Then she hears grumbling from the townsfolk and even her brother. There's talk of a revolution of change for the common people. Isabelle defends her friend without question, but soon she hears and sees things that make her mind whirl. Can friendship conquer family?

This story addresses the question of loyalty and what happens when you're torn between two sides. An alternative look at the court of Marie Antoinette is also entertaining. THE LACEMAKER AND THE PRINCESS is a historical novel that fans of the new movie Marie Antoinette will enjoy.
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Isabelle and her family make lace in the town of Versailles. They¿re behind on their rent and work to keep up with the bills. If only they could get someone from the royal household wearing their lace, then they might stand a chance. When Isabelle delivers some lace to the palace, she purposely takes a wrong turn to view more of the castle. She bumps into Marie Antoinette, who introduces the young girl to her daughter. The princess and Isabelle become friends and Isabelle changes from the lacemaker to a member of the royal household each day she visits, only to return to reality when she leaves for the day. Problems at home force Isabelle to take over the family business and to live the life she¿s come to despise. Then she hears grumbling from the townsfolk and even her brother. There¿s talk of a revolution of change for the common people. Isabelle defends her friend without question, but soon she hears and sees things that make her mind whirl. Can friendship conquer family? This story addresses the question of loyalty and what happens when you¿re torn between two sides. An alternative look at the court of Marie Antoinette is also entertaining. THE LACEMAKER AND THE PRINCESS is a historical novel that fans of the new movie Marie Antoinette will enjoy. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel