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Jingu: The Hidden Princess

By Ralph Pray
Illustrations by Xiaojun Li
$14.95, Hardcover, 80 pages
English Text
Ages 7-12 (Chapter Book)
ISBN-10: 188500821X
ISBN-13: 9781885008213

To young Princess Jingu, the Japanese Imperial Palace in the 4th century is full of secrets. Why is she not allowed any visitors or friends when other children run and play together? Why is she the only princess with a private teacher from China? Her life within the palace walls is solitary and studious, and she has only her servants, teachers, and faithful cat Skoki to keep her company. But on Jingu’s 10th birthday, she receives a gift from the Emperor with a mysterious message hidden inside, and everything changes.

Explore the fascinating world of ancient Japan in this historically-based account of a young princess’ journey from girl to true leader. As her travels take her from a tiny fishing village to the grandeur of the Emperor’s chambers, Jingu must find out what, and who, is hidden beyond the paper walls of her home secretly guiding her future. Only then will she face her destiny and take her rightful place in the magnificent history of Japan.

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Small Press Book Review

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The Small Press Book Review published the following review of Jingu: The Hidden Princess by Ralph Pray in its September 2002 issue:

"When she turns ten, Jingu receives a mirror as a gift from the Emperor with writing on it that calls her the "Imperial Princess Jingu." This is a message that she has been singled out by the Emperor to on day be the Empress. In the meantime, however, Jingu travels and continues her education and training as a woman in first-century A.D. Japan. Middle-grade readers learn about the customs and society of ancient Japan in this tale based on historical fact."

Learn More About Empress Jingu

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jingu.jpgYou can find more information about the history behind Empress Jingu at Wikipedia and Britannica Online.

Children's Bookwatch

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Children's Bookwatch has a nice review of Jingu: The Hidden Princess by Ralph Pray:

"Set in 4th century Japan, Jingu: The Hidden Princess by Ralph Pray is the story of Jingu, a young princess who feels isolated and alone within the Imperial Japanese Palace. On her tenth birthday, Jingu receives a gift from the Emperor with a mysterious hidden message, and so her journey and transformation from girl to leader begins. Firmly grounded in history, written with majesty, grace, warmth, and understanding, and enhanced with illustrations by Xiaojun Li, Jingu: The Hidden Princess is an emotional and highly enjoyable coming of age book especially recommended for preteen young adult readers."

"...an emotional and highly enjoyable coming of age book"

-Children's Bookwatch

Ralph Pray is an engineer and author who owns an independent research laboratory in Los Angeles County to resolve problems in the mineral industry. He has taught engineering at the university level and has been writing for publication for forty-five years. He and his wife Bev raised their four children in Alaska, Chicago, and Pasadena, and they now live in Monrovia, California. This is Ralph’s first book for children.

Xiaojun Li is an internationally known children's book illustrator. His illustrations have won him awards from United Nations, China, Japan and United States. Born and raised in Inner Mongolia of north China, Xiaojun Li studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tianjin and the University of California Davis, he now lives with his wife and son in Davis California.

Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.






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Jingu: The Hidden Princess

By Ralph Pray
Illustrations by Xiaojun Li
$14.95, Hardcover, 80 pages
English Text
Ages 7-12 (Chapter Book)
ISBN-10: 188500821X
ISBN-13: 9781885008213

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