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The Servant and the Water Princess: A Story of Ancient India
The Servant and the Water Princess: A Story of Ancient India
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The Servant and the Water Princess: A Story of Ancient India

Ambu is Princess Lakshmi's servant, but the two are more like sisters. After Ambu secretly teaches Lakshmi how to swim, the princess hopes to win a swimming contest against a boy. Will anything get in her way of being the water princess?

GenreHistorical Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-4
Interest LevelGrades 2-4
Lexile Level560L
ATOS Level3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #127894
Early Intervention Level26
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 8"
Page Count64
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $23.99 School/Library Price

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Carrie Hane Hung

"Ambu is the princess’ servant in the royal harem in India. Ambu tells the story of how she helps Princess Lakshmi learn to swim. Before Ambu can give the princess lessons, they have to find a way to slip passed the palace guards and get to the river. One evening, after observing an episode with Geet, the pet goose, Ambu comes up with a plan that allows her and the princess to escape the palace for the swimming lessons. Resting heavily in Ambu’s mind is the fact that they are not supposed to be away from the palace. Meanwhile, Princess Lakshmi challenges the boys at the river to a race to determine the fastest swimmer. She promises Ambu that after the race, they will end their secret escapes to the river. The plot takes a twist, and the girls are in for a surprise. Readers will find a list of vocabulary words and a pronunciation guide. The book’s afterword provides a brief explanation of the caste system and harem life. Further information is offered on the FactHound website; however, readers may benefit by using additional resources to gain a richer understanding of the cultural aspects of the story. This book is part of the “Read-It Reader Chapter Books: Historical Tales” series." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2009

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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