The Nutmeg Princess

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In the Isle of Spice in the Caribbean lived a Nutmeg Princess, called that because she would only appear when the nutmeg was ready for picking, and the sweet smell of spice was in the air, and only those who were unselfish could see her.
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In the Isle of Spice in the Caribbean lived a Nutmeg Princess, called that because she would only appear when the nutmeg was ready for picking, and the sweet smell of spice was in the air, and only those who were unselfish could see her.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily B. Cook
The villagers on the Isle of Spice think Petite Mama is a witch. She is reclusive—and she is the only person to have seen the Nutmeg Princess. She claims the princess appears above the mountain’s beautiful, blue lake when the nutmeg is ready for harvest, but the villagers do not believe her. Aglo and his friend Petal are not afraid of Petite Mama decide to visit the lake to see if they, too, can see the Nutmeg Princess. Aglo immediately sees her shimmering high above a raft on the lake, diamonds adorning her hair. Petal searches, seeing nothing but blue sky. When Aglo shares what he has seen with the villagers, they quickly rush to see for themselves, hoping to escape with some of her diamonds. Again Aglo sees the princess; but sensing their greed, she does not appear to the others. The villagers struggle to reach her raft but the princess pushes them further and further away. Frustrated, they leave as Aglo and Petal continue on. Their rowboat sinks, and Petal sees that Aglo is unable to swim. She holds him tight, keeping him afloat. Witnessing Petal’s love for Aglo, the princess guides them to safety and appears to Petal. The princess expresses gratitude for their gentle souls and, before vanishing, encourages them to share their compassion with the world. The next morning, Aglo and Petal visit Petite Mama’s house only to find that she, too, has vanished but has left a note leaving her orchards and land to Aglo and Petal, trusting them to their care for generations to come. This uplifting story, full of Caribbean legend and fantasy, is a condensed version of the original. The illustrations are vibrant, imaginative and fun, and, quite frankly, the true gem of this colorful tale. Reviewer: Emily B. Cook; Ages 5 to 9.
CM Reviews - Amber Allen
It is a simple story--yet playful and evocative--brought to life by its unique, full-page illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554515998
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 892,255
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Richardo Keens-Douglas is an actor, broadcaster, and writer of plays, songs, and children's stories. His musical adaptation of The Nutmeg Princess won the 1999 Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding new musical. He divides his time between Toronto and Grenada.

Annouchka Galouchko's artwork has appeared in numerous books for children, magazines, and other publications. She lives in Montreal.

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    Posted September 20, 2004


    a must-have for the kids

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