Patchwork Prince Hardcover – Picture Book, October 17, 2023
by Baptiste Paul (Author), Kitt Thomas (Illustrator)
A joyful, empowering story of a boy made royal by his mother’s hand-stitched clothes, inspired by the author's childhood in St. Lucia, and with art by a #1 NYT bestselling artist with St. Lucian roots.
What makes a patchwork prince? A prince must be ready for adventure—ready for the night, ready to pluck the brightest, most beautiful fabrics from the scrap heap, ready to run when danger comes. With the treasures he and his mother collect, she will make him clothes fit for royalty: No flashy jewels, no crown, but a cut and drape that hug his Black shoulders just right. And in his new clothes, with chin held high, he will know he is a prince.
Together with Kitt Thomas’s beautiful, exuberant artwork, acclaimed author Baptiste Paul brings readers a celebratory story about confidence and self-worth, and the enduring love between a mother and son.
"Joyful [and] powerful . . . So much beauty.” --SLJ (starred review)
"Artfully rendered . . . A loving portrait of a child embracing their innate value." —PW
"Filled with energy and movement, [the book speaks] to the resilience of the human spirit." —Kirkus
Publisher: Dial Books (October 17, 2023)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Reading Age: 3 - 7 years
Lexile Measure: AD610L
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Item Weight: 15.6 ounces
Dimensions: 10.31 x 0.34 x 10.25 inches