Dragon's Breath (The Tales of the Frog Princess Series #2)

Dragon's Breath (The Tales of the Frog Princess Series #2)

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by E. D. Baker, Katherine Kellgren
     
 

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This sequel to Book Sense 76 Children's Pick The Frog Princess is "as magically adventurous as fantasy can get," according to VOYA. Princess Emma, a witch in training, is having some trouble controlling her skills. She even puts herself in the dungeon by mistake. When her kingdom is threatened, she will need the aid of her magical aunt to protect everyone.

Overview

This sequel to Book Sense 76 Children's Pick The Frog Princess is "as magically adventurous as fantasy can get," according to VOYA. Princess Emma, a witch in training, is having some trouble controlling her skills. She even puts herself in the dungeon by mistake. When her kingdom is threatened, she will need the aid of her magical aunt to protect everyone.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this companion to The Frog Princess, Emma can't seem to control her magic-first she accidentally transports herself to the dungeon, then she discovers that whenever she sneezes, she turns into a frog. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A charming and magical story! Princess Emma's magical powers are just beginning to emerge. Yet, she has not quite learned to control them. The first problem being that every time she sneezes, she and her friend, Eadric, turn into frogs! This happens at the most inconvenient times, including when they are riding on a magic carpet, and are dropped off as frogs into the swamp where they meet a winged water creature who carries them to safety. However, Princess Emma's real problem is she must get her aunt to start protecting the kingdom. Readers will enjoy Princess Emma and her adventures. Although the book is a sequel novel, readers will be able to follow the story without having read the first book. However, readers will be so captivated with Emma and her magic that they will want to read the first book in the series! 2003, Bloomsbury, Ages 8 to 12.
— Mindy Hardwick
VOYA
Talk about your fractious fairy tale—Princess Emeralda, Emma to her friends and family, is a witch-in-training, to the delight of her witch-aunt, Grassina, and to the dismay of her un-witch mother. Emma has not quite got the hang of those witchy spells, and her bungling is why when she sneezes, she and her dear friend, Prince Eadric, spend a lot of time as frogs. Emma's kingdom is threatened with an invasion by a rival king whose loathsome son, Prince Jorge, intends to make fifteen-year-old Emma his bride. Emma's father needs Grassina's magic powers to fend off the impending attack, but she is distracted by her love for Haywood, the light of her life for many years, who was turned into an otter by Olivene, Emma's hateful witch grandmother. Emma and Eadric beseech the haggish Olivene to help them break the curse and turn Haywood human again so that Grassina can focus on homeland security. A visit to the Old Witches' Retirement Community is conditionally fruitful. Grandma is as nasty as ever but offers up the tricky ingredients needed to break Haywood's spell. Emma's quest—with Eadric's help—is as magically adventurous as fantasy can get. The resources of team Emma-Eadric complement each other nicely as they race against time and twisted roadblocks (not to mention flatulent dragons) to save their land. Talking bats, a Dragon Olympics, and a fitful flying carpet are some of the charming ingredients in this fast-moving, inventive coming-of-(witch)age sequel to Baker's The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2002/VOYA December 2002). VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High,defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Bloomsbury, 250p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Beth E. Andersen
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Quests, tests, hearts won and broken, encounters with dragons, and plenty of magic animate this breezy sequel to The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2003). When evil hag Olivene not only refuses to change good witch Grassina's heartthrob Haywood back from being an otter, but also dispatches him to parts unknown, young witch-in-training Princess Emeralda (Emma) and formerly enchanted Prince Eadric are charged with gathering the ingredients needed for a curse-lifting potion: "A gossamer hair from mother-of-pearl,/The breath of a dragon green./A feather from an aged horse,/The husk of a magic bean." Nothing turns out to be quite what it seems-and thanks to a previous curse, the questors switch between human and frog whenever Emma sneezes. Oh, and the kingdom of Greater Greensward is also about to be invaded by the army of Emma's snotty ex-suitor, Prince Jorge. Eadric's focus on food, flirting, and fighting (exactly in that order) still makes him something of a male caricature, but at least he's brave and decent-hearted. As tasty as its prequel, this romantic confection ends with several ingenious twists and the possibility of further adventures. A treat for fans of Gail Carson Levine's books.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A rollicking sequel to The Frog Princess (2002) does not disappoint. Emeralda--Emma--discovers that now that she and Eadric have turned back into people again, they revert to frogginess whenever Emma sneezes. That's only the beginning, though. Emma's Aunt Grassina, the Green Witch, is utterly distracted by having her beloved turned into an otter by her own mother, Emma's utterly unsuitable grandmother. Emma's mother Chartreuse, who has no magic, needs Grassina to defend the kingdom, although she can spare time to snipe at her daughter, sister, and mother. Eadric, when he isn't eating, gamely goes along with Emma on her quest to help Grassina reverse the spell and save the otter and the kingdom. A talking, rhyming sword, a very young dragon, and a lot of cranky old witches are a few of the delights of this tale that manages to be both fast-paced and rambling. Don't miss the red hooded cloak lined with wolf fur among the dragon's treasure. (Fantasy. 8-12)
From the Publisher

“As tasty as its prequel, this romantic confection ends with several ingenious twists . . . A treat.” —School Library Journal

“As magically adventurous as fantasy can get.” —VOYA

Dragon's Breath continues the tradition of feisty princesses who turn the normal fantasy clichés inside-out. Self-aware and independent, Emma is a heroine to root for, the sort who never gives up.” —Science Fiction Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419355776
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
08/12/2005
Series:
Tales of the Frog Princess Series , #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

E.D. Baker is the author of the Tales of the Frog Princess series, The Wide-Awake Princess series, and many other delightful books for young readers, including The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, A Question of Magic, Fairy Wings, and Fairy Lies. The Frog Princess was the inspiration for Disney's hit movie The Princess and the Frog. She lives with her family and their many animals in Maryland.

www.talesofedbaker.com

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Dragon's Breath (The Tales of the Frog Princess Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragon's Breath is the second of the frog princess series. It is about a girl named Ella who is both a princess and a witch in training. The story starts out when a prince asks Ella for her hand in marriage, and she declines. But the prince doesn't give up there. he goes to war with Ella's kingdom to try to make her give in. While this is all going on, Ella's grandmother turns Hayward (Ella's Aunt Grassinas' fiancé) into an otter and sends him far away. Ella's aunt goes looking for him and because she's the green witch, she has to defend the kingdom when bad things happen. While Grassina is away the king and his army are left to defend themselves from the opposing army. Ella is also away getting the ingredients to change Hayward back into a human. Ella goes under the sea, to a dragon Olympics, and to a magic market to find hair from the mother of Pearl, breath from a green dragon and the skins of magic beans (which are currently out of season).Once Ella gets all of the ingredients she rushes as fast as she can to the kingdom. but is it too late? Once Ella gets back to the kingdom she finds that the battle is already happening but, at least Grassina found Hayward! As quickly as possible Ella gives Grassina the potion and goes off to help her father in the battle. Once Grassina gives Hayward the potion he turns back into a human but something goes terribly wrong! All of a sudden... I will let you read the book to find out. There are many positives of the book including that it was very funny and suspenseful. Also, it was very intriguing and interesting! Another positive is that, the main character was a young girl who does magic which is very interesting. And finally, the last positive was that the book was an adventure and you could not possibly put down the book. Even though this book was amazing, there were still some negatives. In Dragon's Breath one of the negatives was that there were too many things happening at one time. Another negative was that there were lot of different settings and it was hard to keep up. Finally the last negative was that there were many characters which made it some-what confusing. E.D. Baker -the author of Dragon's Breath- is a very creative and distinctive writer. The writing style of E.D. Baker in the story is magical and exciting! Also the book is written in first person, and has longer sentences compared to short. Next, the writing style of the author is only semiformal but speaks with dialect. And finally the writing style of the author in this book is that she uses sensory details for example "the steam rising from the eggs wafted toward my nose drifting past Li'l. Smells good." I recommend this book completely to girls ages 9 and up! Also to girls who are just looking for a good book to read. And finally to people who like princesses, magic and witches. Some books that are similar to Dragon's Breath are The Frog Prince, Once Upon a Curse, No Place for Magic, The Salamander Spell and the Harry Potter series. Overall, Dragon's Breath, by E.D. Baker is an amazing novel about a princess and what happens when your grandmother is a former queen and is now a mean old witch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was very interesting and fun to read. I read the Frog Princess and could not wait to see the rest of the book. In a few words, This Book Rocked!
Janet McComis More than 1 year ago
The book was awesome! Oh and by the way whoever wrote ella as the name of the princess its EMMA! But most of all READ the BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dragons Breath is awsome!It is very very magical.I love reading about dragons, mermaids,witches,wizerds, giants,and ghosts.it's realy exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best most beath taking /adventureous novel ever
Robert_Wagnon More than 1 year ago
We've been reading the series to our five year old. She loves it. We don't know what we'll do when the series ends or becomes too serious for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book that i have read it at least five times and i still love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book! i couldn't keep me hands off it
Jan VanBlarcom More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its awesome, and halariius. LOVE LOVE LOVE E.D. BAKER!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Dragon's Breath is the best of the series as far as I've read the series (need to read Salamander Spell and Dragon Princess) The book was full of adventure and love while also friendship. READ IT
seadance More than 1 year ago
Dragons breath was a good book I would encourage others to read it to. I love the part when they run into the dragon and the giants that was a fun part. I am sorry if some of this information is wrong I read it a long time ago. The first book to the series is the frog princess but I don't think you have to read it first to understand the Dragons breath but I recomend that book to. I hope this review helped you to buy this book becouse if you are into fairy tales and magic I garentee you will love this book and the other books to the series to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could newer put this book down! I stayed up reading many times until ten or eleven. Dragon's Breath just kept getting better and better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few books i've had to go and get so i could read it over and over again.I was really surprised to see thats its as good as the 1st and always has a problem nicely worked out at the end!!!!!!And no matter how many times you read this book you will always be nervous as to what will happen in the end!!!!!E.D Banker is one of the best writers as far as i'm concerned!!!!!!Oh hey this book is not just for 8-12 year olds as other people think if you want to read no one can tell what or when to!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this one is amazing!!!!!!!! it's the perfect instalment to the series!!! i absolutely loved it. there is more action, and more info!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books i have ever read it was very exiting the author pulls you into the stoy. she makes it seen as if you are accually there this book is very very fun to read i loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Full of adventure and fantasy. If you like fairytales, this is the book for you. I think it is amazing that Emma survived turning into a frog every time she sneezed. I really enjoyed this book. Anyone in 4th grade and up would like this book. I hope to read the sequel soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book I checked out of the Library on a book on tape, and I loved it. E.D. Baker is a awsome writer. The book is full of magical twists, and heartfelt love. I highly reccomend this book to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Continueing on with the fantastic adventure of The Frog Princess this book is a great book. Just think... wouldn't it be cool to be a dragon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I adorded this book It has so many adventures that I can just picure in my mind right now! It is the best book Ive ever read! Its a fairytale and I think its a dream come true I loved the feeling to be there in the book and the characters feelings to feel them too! You should also check out the 1st book that I havent read its called THE FROG PRINCESS!!!!And If you finish both enjoy the seqeul to DRAGONS BREATH, ONCE UPON A CURSE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not but this book down! I would have rated it six stars if I could have! It is the right book for anyone who likes fantasy with a twist. I highly recomend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book to anyone under the age of 16, who likes a pinch of romance and lot of adventure. Hope you like this book as much as I do, have fun reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has happened. I woke up in a strange land, on a strange frest floor. The curse was final. I got up and looked around but all i saw was trees. Lot's and lot's of trees. I started walking. And walking. And walking. At last i saw a castle peak. I ran to it, hoping against hope, that it was my castle. But when i got there, it was a completly different castle. "Halt! Who goes there?" Shoured the watch guard. "I am the princess of Treecrest, amd Helmswood." I answered. "Where am i?" I asked. "In Fereval," the guard looked behind him and then said. "Ah here come Prince Luka, himself." The drawbridge lowered and i saw a boy my age coming out. He had dark hair, and was tall. Then everything went black. THE NEXT PART IS ON NO PLACE FOR MAGIC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing , fun and full of amaganation
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? The white wolf has the egg. the early bird gets the worm. The demon dog hunts no man. Ditch dat dog!