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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
In The Lilac Princess by Wanda M Luthman, Princess Dreama is not permitted to leave the castle walls because of the wars being fought and the battles that are drawing closer and closer to the kingdom. Dreama picked up some beautiful, purple flowers that a villager had tossed and longed to know what they were and where they had come from. Princess Dreama met a boy named Dirk at the kingdom’s marketplace who told her that the flowers she loved so much grew nearby and were called lilacs. The idea of finding the patch of lilacs made her want to leave the castle walls but the tale of a witch putting a curse on the people of the land urged her on. With Dirk’s help, Dreama left the safety of the castle walls on her own, only to be taken by an evil dragon who pretended to be kind. With Dreama missing, what will become of the kingdom? Will she ever get back home to the security of the castle walls? Will the king be angry that she disobeyed him? Will Dirk be punished for helping her escape at such a dangerous time?
The Lilac Princess by Wanda M Luthman is a wonderful children’s story with a strong plot that reinforces the importance of compassion and forgiveness in a difficult situation. All the characters are unique with personalities that are easy to relate to as the king tries to keep Dreama protected inside the castle walls while she longs to leave them. The illustrations are suited to the story; bright, colorful and absolutely adorable. I recommend The Lilac Princess to anyone with children who enjoy adventurous stories that teach lessons in love, kindness, and understanding. The Lilac Princess will easily appeal to kids as they journey through the kingdom inside and outside the walls with Dreama and the characters she meets along the way. I love the way Luthman tells the story so that kids can easily understand why the king forbids Dreama to leave and why she so desperately wants to, even if it's only for a brief time.