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Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries- or become a Queen. When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away, and because she's so ordinary, easily becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace. And there, much to everyone's surprise, she meets a prince just as ordinary (and special) as she is!

"This delightful fairy tale is sure to please young romantics. . . . Neither Kaye's princess nor her book should be considered ordinary."

The most beautiful and gifted princess in the kingdom has a spell put on her at birth that she will be ordinary and then takes matters into her own hands when she grows up to avoid being married to a dreary prince.

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A godmother's final "gift" transforms what should be the luckiest princess and most comely of all (born seventh, a good omen) into an ordinary-looking girl. But that does not stop Princess Amy from living an extraordinary life: she runs away from home when she is promised to a royal stranger. Ages 8-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670035441
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 3/18/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Adorable!!

    All Across the Kingdom, excitement is running high: a seventh princess, always the luckiest and most beautiful of all, has just been born to good King Huldebrand and Her Majesty Queen Rodehesia. When the christening day arrives, the little princess is showered with the most extravagant, marvelous presents imaginable -- until her last, most powerful fairy godmother proclaims/gifts her as ordinary. And so she is. Princess Amy look so ordinary, so unprincesslike, that no prince can be found to marry her. The King and Queen are desperate. But Amy knows that she doesn't want to be wed to a royal stranger, and runs away from home, embarking on a most extraordinary adventure for the Ordinary Princess!

    Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen. When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and, because she's so ordinary, easily becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace. And there . . . much to everyone's surprise . . . she meets a prince just as ordinary (and special) as she is!

    "Lavender's blue,
    Rosemary's green,
    When I am King
    You shall be Queen"

    What an adorable book!!!! I've heard great things about this child's story for awhile now and never read it as a young girl, yet I picked it up from my local library and feel in love with the tale. Amy (aka Her Serene and Royal Highness the Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne) was born into pomp and circumstance, she had a "very grand nursery" (pg 5) and "had no less than twelve attendants all her own" (pg 6) She was also the youngest of her sisters who were all "blond, blue-eyed, and beautiful, with lovely figures and complexions and extravagantly long hair" Yet, Amy was gifted with "something that [would] probably bring [her] more happiness than all [the other] fal-lals and fripperies put together" . . . "You shall be Ordinary!" (pg 16) As she grew, gone was the use of her extravagant name, her curls became straighter & darker, her blue eyes became gray-ish-brown and "her nose got frecklier and frecklier in spite of all the Queen's lily lotions and lemon juice." (pg 27) Since she never had as much attention granted to her because of her "not-so-goodish" self, she was able to escape into the forest to play and feel in love with climbing trees and making friends with the animals and when she discovered a secret plot about her family and her future - she decided to run away to live a life she has always dreams off. She never expected to befriend a prince along the way and actually fall in love with someone who loved her for herself and not her royal-lifestyle. So sweet!

    Expect a quick read that has lots of wonderful illustrations and rich detailed settings. Many of the characters are very likable, while some strongly annoying, but written well overall. The tale runs smoothly and interestingly enough that you easily become absorbed in Amy's easy-going agenda. The romance is sweet and innocent and I wish I had more upon finishing, great stuff!!

    Likes: Amy was such an empowering character, she never let her "gift" become a bad thing in her eyes and thought of it always as

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    A wonderful story that you will love forever!

    I have no idea how I came across this book as a child, but it is my favorite. I read it over and over still as an adult. I only wish I could get it in a digital copy, because my paperback book is getting to the point it is falling apart.

    The story is normal fairytale, but with a cute twist. It is about a young princess who by all standards should be the most beautiful and fairest in the kingdom, but by chance on her christening she was giving the gift of being ordinary. She grows up like a princess, but she is not happy being a princess. She learns that being ordinary is a wonderful gift and takes matters into her own hands. Finding herself and love along the way, the ordinary princess learns that beauty is inside and shines out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    A Story to Cherish for a Life Time

    I first read this book when I was in 3rd grade and I still cherish it to this day. This is a book for the everyday girl that was not born a princess. The story encourages little girls to know that being 'ordinary' or different is not something to be ashamed of, but to embrace. Along with a delightful story, the illustrations are magnificent. Now in my twenties I can not wait to share this book with my niece (who is still learning to walk).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    My favorite childhood book

    This creative and lively book was my favorite as a child. It is clever and adventurous, and is a wonderful spin on traditional tales. It does not break with tradition, but rather works with tradition as a starting point to set a new concept of what a fairy tale can be. This is a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Really good book

    Very nice book have the boook itself not like other fairy tale books but it s a fairy tale ending its about this seventh princess receiving a ordinary gift from the most powerful fariy ever and well its a really rely good book and if you buy ot you wont think youre wasting youre money on it its really good u should buy it

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    MUST READ!!

    I read this book when I was a little girl and found it on here a few months ago. And I was curious to see if it was as good as I remembered it being; it was even BETTER! This would also be a good book for teachers to use to help students with their reading skills. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! If you love fairy tales, I'd highly recommend this (even though it is not your traditional fairy tale)!

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Delightful twist to the standard faerie tale princess

    My Mom borrowed this book from the library to read to me & my siblings when we were in grade school. I loved it. Even though we only read it the one time the story stuck with me all these years. Now as an adult I've purchased the book for my own library & it was still as fun to read now as it was then. I highly recomend this book for any Mom & child who enjoys a good princess story. Age range in my estimation is 8-12 years of age, or anyone who remains a child at heart.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Really Cute!

    I wish I had know about this book when I was younger! It was such a cute story! It was a story about the not so typically beautiful princess and how life was for her. This story was sweet but not exactaly what I had expected. It was an extreamly easy read and was meant for someone in the age range of 8-12. I wish that there was a more elaborate version of this book for someone my age! Any younger girl who loves fairy tales will enjoy this charming story and it's ordinary princess! Anyone who loves this book will love Gail Carson Levine's small work of magic: The Fairy's Return.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    The Ordinary Princess

    The Ordinary Princess is a charming fairy tale in none of the usual, expected ways. It provides the traditional cast of characters; however, their personalities and actions are what makes this story unique. The story provides an interesting look at what would happen if the princesses in fairy tales were, in fact, ordinary, with adventurous spirits and inquisitve minds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    great book

    love the story you should get this

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

    Great Book

    I'm not one to add all my childhood books to my library but this book was truly amazing. The author's writing style will have you asking for more. I remember not being able to let go until I was finished. I recommend this 7-14.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    I read this when I was little

    I am all grown up now. :) I read this book when I was in elementary school, I received it from the tooth fairy. It was adorable and immediately caught my attention. I have since become enamored with reading of all sorts. This book is highly recommended for all little girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    I love this book! It is different then most books about princesses and is fun to read. My favorite part is where they eat ice cream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    I love this book!

    Great Book! It had me drawn in by the very first page and I was transported into a world where 'ordinary' can be extraodinary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A book for all ages!

    I loved this book. I am 24 and just read it for the first time. It is truly a great book that transports you to another place! This is a book for all ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    A MUST READ for any girl!

    I absolutely love this book! I remember I got it at a school book fair when I was about 6. That was 20 years ago! Every girl thinks of herself as ordinary. Ms. Kaye proves that Great Things can happen to the most ordinary people. I am so glad Ms. Kaye had it republished. I would be disappointed if the girls of today didn't get to enjoy such a wonderful book. This is one book that deserves to make it to the movies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    great story

    this was a great story! i love the idea of a fairy being olds crude

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    Reunited at last

    I first read this book when I was in the 6th grade and loved it. It became my instant favorite, and I was heart broken when I lost it on a vacation. I have spent the last twelve years looking for this book again. When I got it back I sat down and read it all again in one day, with the thought in the back of my mind that maybe it wasn't that great. I am so happy that I was wrong. All the things I loved then I love now, and being older I got new glimpses of things I missed before. I'm now saving it to give to my niece to read. I most definetly recommend this book for anyone to read because it opens the mind to a new way of seeing things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Brilliant

    I had this book as a child and loved it, but somehow lost it between moves and had mourned ever since. Now I own two copies of it twenty years later, and it's my absolute favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    So Happy!

    I am so happy this has been reprinted! I loved this book as a girl and still have my old tattered hardbound copy. I am very glad that it is back so I can buy it for my nieces. This book was also a favorite of all the little girls I used to babysit. It is a classic for any little girl.

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