The Light Princess

The Light Princess

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by George MacDonald
     
 

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The princess at her christening is cursed by a wicked witch with lightness. She floats blissfully about the castle all day long and, as one can imagine, gets into all sorts of adventures. Gravity, weight, sorrow, suffering--all of this the princess misses, but with all of these she misses love, for what is love without weight, without falling? See more details below

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The princess at her christening is cursed by a wicked witch with lightness. She floats blissfully about the castle all day long and, as one can imagine, gets into all sorts of adventures. Gravity, weight, sorrow, suffering--all of this the princess misses, but with all of these she misses love, for what is love without weight, without falling?

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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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ISBN-13:
9781499241556
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/24/2014
Pages:
44
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.09(d)

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