The Frog Princess (The Tales of the Frog Princess Series #1)

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Princess Emeralda a.ka. Emma isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey's bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does NOT like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their ...
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Princess Emeralda a.ka. Emma isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey's bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does NOT like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their adventure—a quest to return to human form.

Fascinating and hilarious characters ranging from a self-conscious but friendly bat to a surprisingly loyal snake and a wise green witch confirm that readers won't soon forget this madcap story. A fantastic debut from the talented E.D. Baker.

Author Biography: E.D. Baker makes her international debut with The Frog Princess. Ms. Baker has had many jobs: teacher, parrot caretaker and, currently, as a member of a Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Her true love, however, is writing. E.D. Baker lives in Maryland where she provides a home for three children, two horses, one dog, three cats, one cocatiel, a bunny, and two frogs named, of course, Emma and Eadric.

After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward, fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog, too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means--and the self-confidence--to become human again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"This debut novel follows the adventures of a 14-year-old princess and the talking frog she meets one day in a swamp," said PW. "The tale offers peppy dialogue and some comical scenes." Ages 8-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
Uninterested in marrying Prince Jorge, Princess Emeralda (Emma) escapes to a nearby swamp and encounters Eadric, a prince-turned-frog. Emeralda kisses him to reverse the spell; however, the kiss backfires and Emeralda becomes a green-skinned frog. Emma and Eadric take a harrowing journey to break the spell. They are kidnapped by an incompetent, evil witch named Vannabe, but rescued by Li'l, the bat. Li'l and Fang, their new snake friend, escort them to Emeralda's castle, where Emeralda's Aunt Grassina aides them in recovering Emeralda's lost bracelet, a key in breaking the spell. Baker has added a twist to a popular Grimms tale; however, the story begins slow and characters are colorless. The plot could be tighter—Emma and Eadric's encounter with a nymph seems insignificant. Nonetheless, the story features crisp dialogue and is peppered with comedy. While the happy-ever-after ending is predictable, Emma and Eadric become friends, not lovers. The story will appeal primarily to young girls. 2002, Bloomsbury, 200 pp., Cole
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-An amusing fairy-tale adventure that takes the frog-turned-prince story a little further. Princess Emeralda is incredibly clumsy, she brays like a donkey when she laughs, and she would rather spend time outdoors or learning magic from her witch-aunt Grassina than marry self-centered Prince Jorge. When she runs off to the nearby swamp, she meets "Frog" who, naturally, claims to be an enchanted prince and begs her for a spell-breaking kiss. But when she finally complies, something goes terribly wrong, and suddenly Emma is a green-skinned, pond-hopping frog. She and Eadric spend the rest of the book trying to undo the spells that have bewitched them, struggling to avoid a dragon, a frog-eating dog, and an inept angry witch along the way. When they are finally released from their enchantments, it's clear they will live a happy-if rather unconventional-life together. Baker's characters, especially Emma and Eadric, are more than meets the eye. The tale moves at a good pace, and, though the happy ending is predictable, the trials and tribulations that precede it are interesting. However, it's difficult to determine the book's audience. While the story would appeal to primary to intermediate grade girls, the vocabulary is rather sophisticated and seems to be more suited to young adults. Perhaps it would work best as a read-aloud. For fairy-tale themes more in tune with their specific audiences, turn to Donna Jo Napoli's The Prince of the Pond (Dutton, 1992) for intermediates, and her Zel (Puffin, 1998) or Beast (Atheneum, 2000) for the older crowd.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Taking a princess's-eye view, Baker reworks the traditional story into high-spirited romantic comedy. Desperate for any alternative to a forced marriage, Princess Emma nerves herself to kiss a talking frog--and turns into one herself. As curses can only be removed by the witch who casts them, Emma and glib new acquaintance Prince Eadric of Upper Montevista set out to hunt her up. Fraught with dangers and punctuated with droll interludes as Emma struggles to get the hang of her new limbs and tongue, this shared quest is, naturally, just the ticket for cementing a close relationship. Boastful, libidinous, tender of ego, reckless, and unable to look beyond the next meal, Eadric is less archetypal hero than typical specimen of inept male, but he does have a good heart, and by the time the two achieve human form again, Emma will have no other--for a friend, that is: marriage will have to wait until she finishes a course in witchcraft. Like Donna Jo Napoli's Prince of the Pond (1992), this gives the well-known folktale a decidedly less than "Grimm" cast, and fans of Gail Carson Levine's "Princess Tales" should leap for it. (Fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582347998
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/9/2002
  • Series: Tales of the Frog Princess Series , #1
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 949,783
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

E. D. Baker is the author of The Tales of the Frog Princess series, including The Frog Princess, which was in part the inspiration for a new Disney movie which will be released this fall (The Princess and the Frog). Baker is also the author of Wings: A Fairy Tale. She lives with her family and many pets in Maryland.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Entertaining

    This book was very amusing and funny!!! I like Emma and Eadric's relationship...I could always count on them to make me laugh. The plot is very interesting and different than most...Overall a great book and a recommend it to anyone who loves fantasies and romance.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Hilarious!

    This is one of the best books i've ever read.It's exciting and funny and so sweet! And i love the sequels and the prequel that came out!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Amahzing

    Really good. If you like fairy tales and comedies this is your kind of book

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Frogs

    This book inspired the Disney movie Princess and the Frog! If you loved the movie, read the book. But be warned, the book is really different... but still awesome!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Loved it!!

    Good story, never got bored! The perfect fairytale with magic,humor, and a little romance, an awesome read for all ages!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Awmazing book!

    I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. I SAYED UP TILL 2:00. I went back to sleep and woke up at 6:00 and started reading it. I didn't put it down till 8:00. That was an awesome book. YOU SHOULD REALLY READ THIS BOOK.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    LUV IT

    Come on people you HAVE to read this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious book.its quite rhe mystical magical fairy tale. I havent read the others yet though i own them and have read the summarys. From the looks of it all of the booka are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Read em.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    A Must Read Book!

    This book is a twisted up love story. You will learn how tricky magic is and how icky swamps are. Wishes aren¿t the best when one day you are treated like royalty and the next you are eating flies. This book is filled with clever witches but you will learn some witches have an evil side to them.
    In this story there is a princess Emerelda that meets a clever frog. ¿I will never kiss you.¿ Emerelda repeats over and over in this story. Don¿t let her bubbly personality fool you though. Her aunt is a witch so they fool around with a lot of magic. She just might have a few tricks up her sleeves. The frog always comes along when something bad is coming near.
    The characters in this story are Emerelda, Eadric, Aunt, Lil stinker, and the snake. They travel from swamp to castle and then to the witches¿ house so you will never know how far you can go with these folks. This story is very hopping and romantic. Some parts of the book you will not want to put the book down or even blink. It was one of my favorite books I have ever read and enjoyed.
    I think this story is very interesting and a good funny romance. When Emerelda gets her surprise the story gets very amusing. With the big change she gets it is hilarious hearing all her complaints and whining. All I have to say is this book is very well written.
    Emerelda and Eadric fall in love on their long adventure. Their argues are entertaining and hilarious. This story teaches some really good lessons so pay attention to the story but I know it will keep you hooked in. Overall, I think this is more of a girl type book and any girl that will read it would love it.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    I liked it!

    I actually really liked this book! I thought the story was very sweet, and it left me with a nice feeling afterward. The idea of a frog princess was great! I can always appreciate books for young readers, they have some of the best! I am 20, and I thought this was a very refreshing story because of the innocence of the characters.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Love it!!!!!!!!!

    My friend and I love this book Iread it 5 times

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    This book is amazing

    This book is very cute. If you like the movie The Princess and the Frog, this is the book for you. P.S. number two what do you mean your child? You wrote that message sounding like a drunk thirteen year old. Quit being an idiot.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    No one

    This book is very good. It is very interesting and it is very well writtin. Mostly for girls i would say. Very interesting and it will defenetly keep you hooked

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Wow

    This book is wonderful!!!! :)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Favorite

    Love this whole series, funny and heartwarming

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    So Good!!

    This book, and the whole series was amazing! Ed Baker did such a good job on them. For those who like midieval times, adventure, romance and a good laugh, this book is for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Great love it

    This book is a very funny book at the end it is very I cant say say you will just have to read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    This book is awesome!!!!!!

    This book has adventure and humor and drama mixed together! Princess Emma kisses Prince Eadric and she turns into a frog. Their adventure goes wrong when they get caught by an witch(she thinks she is). Emma found out that she can do magic and freed all of the creatures. Then she goes to find her castle to find her aunt to refurse the spell. She soon finds out that the bracelet that her aunt gave her, turned her into a frog. Then she goes to find the bracelet. Her aunt came along to guide her. When she found out that a creature had it she had to do something. She said she was a swamp fairy and she got it. Then the realy swamp fairy came and said she had to give her the bracelet but she refused. She got it and went back and kissed Eadric then they both turned back into humans! Then Eadric kinda preposes to her but she said that she wanted to get magic controlled. I LOVR THIS BOOK! READ IT!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    !!!!!!!

    There is only 3 words to describe this book.................................I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Morgan

    I love the deital in this awsome book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    This book is amazing!

    Sorry if this review gives you no help at all, but this book is really great. E. D. Baker shows amazing creativity in this story and i couldn't put it down. I would most deffenitly recamend this book if you're a fan of magic and fantasy. Otherwise, you might what to find another book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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