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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Sir Princess Petra's Talent is the second volume in Diane Mae Robinson's fantasy/adventure series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures. While it is the second volume, Robinson adds enough background information to allow this tale to stand on its own. Petra's father, King Longstride, offered her anything she wished for her ninth birthday, and Petra asked to be made a knight of the realm. She fulfilled one of the three conditions necessary for becoming a royal knight and hushed the howling dragon. Petra discovered that Snarls, the dragon, had his tail stuck under some rocks, which was why he was howling. She helped him out, earned her title, Sir Princess Petra, and made a good friend and companion in the dragon Snarls. Now her father has issued a new decree via the royal rule book, which states that all Princess Knights must attend Talent School before they turn 10 years old. Petra is dismayed by this edict as all the talents the school offers are for "proper princess" stuff and not the skills she really needs to be a knight.
Diane Mae Robinson's fantasy adventure tale, Sir Princess Petra's Talent, is quite simply wonderful. It lets kids know that their interests don't have to be dictated by their gender. It's okay to hate girly stuff and frilly dresses if you're a girl or to love crochet and crafting if you're a boy. Then there are the talents like reading and learning which are less gender-specific. The message that Sir Princess Petra's Talent brings is that those skills are just as important, if not more so, than traditional boy/girl skills. Can Petra solves her problem with diplomacy, tact, and skill? Young readers will learn that, even in the tightest spots, if you give it enough thought, you can often turn a challenging situation into one with a great outcome. These are important messages for kids to hear, especially when they hear it in the form of an exciting and funny adventure with a fabulous Princess Knight and a Prince who crochets and wears pink.