The Frog Princessby Rosalind Allchin
In this clever twist on a classic tale, Frog's wish to become a princess suddenly comes true. But how will she cope when it's not what she expected?
From the PublisherThis tongue-in-cheek take on the Grimms’ story turns the tale upside down with a daydreaming female frog that longs for a princess’s life.
Children's LiteratureWhen this particular frog, which has always dreamed of being a princess, rescues the Prince's golf ball from her pond, she demands his hand in marriage, and puckers up. He had promised anything for its return. The clever prince suggests she first try being a princess for a day. She finds herself in one uncomfortable or unpleasant situation after another as she tries to follow the rules for princesses, to the horror of the court and the amusement of the reader. Bored, tired, and hungry, the frog decides to pass up the princess role; the final blow is the platter of frogs' legs she is offered at the ball. Although the carefully crafted watercolor scenes are naturalistic and based on typical scenes from the Middle Ages, the overarching effect is comic, even anachronistic with watches and the golf game. The characters are created for laughs, with exaggerated gestures and behavior adding to the fun. 2001, Kids Can Press, $15.95. Ages 4 to 9. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library JournalGr 1-3-This tongue-in-cheek take on the Grimms' story turns the tale upside down with a daydreaming female frog that longs for a princess's life. Her dream becomes reality when she rescues a prince's golf ball from the castle pond. True to form, he promises anything for its return and must honor the frog's croaked request, "This ball for your hand in marriage." However, he is fairly clever as well as handsome and convinces the frog to try out royal life "for a day and leave the kiss until midnight." A series of misunderstandings involving courtly etiquette leave the poor princess-for-a-day frazzled and disappointed. Finally, a tray of frogs' legs served at the evening ball is beyond endurance, and it is no surprise when she returns to a frog's world via the nearest open window. While all of the elements of a delightful spoof are available, the story fails to convince. For example, when readers first meet the frog, she is no bigger than a lily pad. Yet, once she encounters the prince and emerges from the water, she is inexplicably as tall as he is. While all of her mistakes in proper behavior are easily explained, they are eventually contrived and tiresome. No frog capable of convincing a prince to marry her could be this naive. Richly hued watercolor illustrations try their best, but they just don't live up to the promise offered by the inviting cover illustration. Ultimately, readers will be as disappointed as the frog.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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