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Where the Jewels Are
by Diana Symons   

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Publisher:  Gold Pen Press ISBN-10:  1934995029 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1, 2010 ISBN-13:  9781934995020

How do you say No to a Princess who has everything? This Princess has a wise Father who sends her on a journey to find the one thing she doesn't know she's missing.

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Diana Symons

This fairytale, set in the Land of Wonderful, follows the young Princess on a quest to find a valuable jewel. She thinks she's going to find a rare and beautiful gem, but she discovers a friend that she's missed in her life. The Princess has her faults, there's something greedy about her desire to aquire things, but her heart is good. When she stops to see the selflessness of her servant Winifred, she is touched and changed.

Winifred is a loyal and trusted servant who truely cares for the Princess. It is Winifred's logical and creative thinking that saves them on their journey together and her genuine care that brings back a lost friendship.

The King may have a minor role to play in this story, but it is His wisdom that helps the Princess find what she really needs.

Where the Jewels Are is the first book in the series Tales from the Throne.


One day, after a lecture from her Father, the Princess was in a dark, moody, mood and wandered off into the long back hallways of the castle. She found a side door that led up to a tower she had never been in before. Around and around the stairs took her. Higher and higher she climbed until she could look out the little windows and see far into the countryside. When she reached the top of the tower, she opened the door to a little room. Inside were very odd instruments and a very off little made fidgeting with them.

"Hello", he said, looking up at her.

"Hello", she said looking around. "What is that?"

"This," said the little man, beaming as he proudly rubbed a long tube attached to a stand, "this is a telescopic stellar viewing machine. It's the latest thing for looking at the heavens."

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"Where the Jewels Are" is the first book of a series "Tales from the Throne," written for readers ages 6-11. "Where the Jewels Are" is the story of a Princess, her servant girl Winifred, and her wise Father, the King. The beloved Princess has many precious toys and belongings but she longs for a special jewel that will remind her of a star she glimpses in the sky through a special telescope. Although her Father has warned her about wanting too many material things, he allows her to go on a journey with her companion and servant, Winifred, to seek the special jewel. This delightful story of faith has a strong moral that will be embraced by its eager readers. Its Christian undertones and framework are sensitively suggested. At the end of the book, the reader is led to expect more journeys and adventures for the Princess and Winifred. Excellent study questions are listed under the last section, Thinking About the Story. Evocative, whimsical black and white illustrations add to the page-turning interest of the story.

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