The Princess with the Longest Hair
Komilla Raote
Vandana Bist
age group: 
5+ yrs
Number of pages: 
value education princess generosity
picture book, fiction


Parineeta, was a beautiful princess with thick, lush, long hair that was the pride of her parents, the King and the Queen. The Queen ensured that the princess’s hair was oiled, cleaned, perfumed and decked with the finest of jewels.

Every year on her birthday, Princess Parineeta was made to sit in a tall tower and lower her hair for all to admire. The proud King and Queen proclaimed that the day the hair would reach the ground, there would be celebrations in all the land. Everyone was happy, except for the princess. In fact, hers was the saddest face in the kingdom.

One day, she ran away from home and as she went along, gladly gaving away locks of her hair to those who needed it, she found happiness. She had realized that the greatest happiness and joy lay in the act of giving. It was only when she gave selflessly did she find happiness and peace.

The illustrations resonate the miniature style of painting and lend a certain kind of charm to the story.

A fun story that imparts a valuable lesson.

Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee