The Light Princess

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The Light Princess—the princess who "lost her gravity"—has been essential fiction for several generations of children. This new edition is a companion volume (same page size, similar design) to our edition of The Golden Key, of which Publishers' Weekly said: "Maurice Sendak lights the way through MacDonald's Kingdom with the most mystical, the most poetic pictures of his distinguished career." Now Sendak has made the pictures The Light Princess always deserved to have.

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Overview

The Light Princess—the princess who "lost her gravity"—has been essential fiction for several generations of children. This new edition is a companion volume (same page size, similar design) to our edition of The Golden Key, of which Publishers' Weekly said: "Maurice Sendak lights the way through MacDonald's Kingdom with the most mystical, the most poetic pictures of his distinguished career." Now Sendak has made the pictures The Light Princess always deserved to have.

This is the only separate edition available that preserves the authentic text; it is neither cut nor edited nor "improved" in any way.

A curse causes a princess to have no gravity, but the help of a prince brings her back down to earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
Long ago, there lived a king and queen who gave birth to a princess. Invitations to the christening were sent to all but the king's wicked sister. As a result, the princess's aunt crashed the christening and quietly cursed her niece to a life without gravity. The princess laughed as she floated about and never cried. One day the princess discovered that she temporarily regained her gravity when she accidentally fell into a lake, and a sweet-talking prince took notice of her. At night they swam together until a curse nearly dried the lake up. The prince drowned as he plugged the holes with his body while the lake refilled. The princess and her nurse tended to the lifeless prince. When he awoke the next morning, the princess cried and the curse was broken. They married and had many children with their gravity intact. MacDonald's delightful fairy tale, originally published in 1864, was revived in 2006 by Full Cast Audio. Perfectly narrated by Cynthia Bishop, this unabridged audio book was amusing and entertaining to listen to. The author's story demonstrated the power of love through the prince's selflessness and the princess's tears. This fairy tale has endured the test of time.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-George MacDonald's classic (Harcourt, 1988) is given the royal treatment in this full-cast production. Due to a curse at birth, the princess is all lightness-light of body, without emotion, and incapable of feeling for another person. The only thing she cares about is the water that allows her to be grounded rather than floating up in the air as she does on land. The evil witch empties the lake and the princess falls into decline. Only a man who voluntarily gives up his life can restore the lake and help the princess. Cynthia Bishop is a superb narrator with a wonderful ability to convey MacDonald's wisdom and wryness. The most striking thing about this recording is that the songs in the text have been put to music and are sung by Adam Wahlberg. The combination of his beautiful voice and the lovely lyrics is truly heartbreaking-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"For [this] elegant edition of the Victorian story that combines seriousness with levity and farce with fantasy, the artist has created pictures that...present the ludicrous element of the story; then become poetic and romantic; and finally are climaxed by the last crowning revelation of the light princess humanized by sorrow and love." —Starred, The Horn Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495951497
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Pages: 50
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

George Macdonald is the author of At the Back of the North Wind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Don't get free sample!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>:[

    Too many errors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so disapointed >:[

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

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    Loved it.  Feels a bit like sleeping beauty in that a princess i

    Loved it.  Feels a bit like sleeping beauty in that a princess is placed under a curse.  This time it isn't a kiss, but unconditional love that rescues here.  And by the way, the Light is not luminance but weight.  There is a lovely play throughout on gravity and lightness .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Booooooooooooooooo

    Booooooooooooooooo & horible hate hate hate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Great book

    Its amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Ooooo

    Ooooo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Read this book!!

    I read this book for a book club when l was like ten and loved it and still do!! George MacDonald is such an amazing author!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Different

    This faity tale is different than any other one i have ever read. Parts were somewhat predictible but most of the time the author keeps you guessing. It is only 36 pages but is worth it.

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Fairytale with Depth

    George MacDonald is a master of the Fairy tale genre. He tells the story of the Light Princess in a way that is intelligent, engaging, and full of archetypal understanding. <BR/><BR/>It is a wonderful read for adult and child alike. Better yet, read it with a child and enjoy the depths of a great writer's imagination and insights together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    A Fun and Light Read

    I love fairy tales but I can tell the good one from the bad ones The bad ones are the ones where you know exactly how it will end after the first page. This is different lets just say a little water may be a good thing some times. that's a hint to the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    A better fairy tale

    This is a new classic. At least, to me it is. For once the girl doen't immediately fall head over herels for the boy at first sight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2001

    Real Classic

    This is a wonderful, witty, beautiful story. No lover of literature should miss this. Illustratious by Sendak are characteristically exquisite and rich. Read it to your children, read it to your partner, read it by yourself!

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