Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine

        
The Fairy's Return and 
Other Princess Tales
by Gail Carson Levine
Summary from Goodreads:

"Ever since Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine introduced the magical village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the faraway Kingdom of Biddle, young readers have been laughing their way through her hilarious retellings of famous and not-so-famous fairy tales.

Now, for the first time, the six beloved Princess Tales are together in one magnificent volume:

The high jinks begin in The Fairy's Mistake, which pokes fun at a meddlesome fairy whose plans for good go terribly awry. In The Princess Test, the author spoofs the notion that a pea can prove a person's pedigree. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep features a genius of a princess, a hundred years of snooze, two princes, and a flock of balding sheep! Cinderella is a boy in Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, and the glass slipper is a glass hill. In For Biddle's Sake, Parsley tries to forget her beloved prince and get used to life as a Biddlebum Toad. The road to happily-ever-after isn't easy when a baker's son and a princess fall in love in The Fairy's Return.

Elements of the classics are woven into these not-so-typical retellings of "Toads and Diamonds," "The Princess and the Pea," "Sleeping Beauty," "The Princess on the Glass Hill," "Puddocky," and "The Golden Goose." The fresh and funny twists on favorite fairy tales will win the hearts and capture the imaginations of young readers everywhere."

Rating:

Being a girl who grew up reading fairy tales, I’m always open to read more of it; so there’s no question why I grabbed a copy of this book. 

I love it! It may be childish and all but I’ve always been completely drawn to these types of tales. Levine’s tales were enjoyable and although I saw some significance to the classics from the Grimm brothers and Hans Christian Andersen, I still adored them. 

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