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Princess Petronella challenges the mysterious enchanter Albion for a prince's freedom. She attempts a daring escape--but is she rescuing the right man? A modern fantasy classic, full of wit and surpise, with an admirable herione and spectacular new illustrations.

Determined not to be outdone by her brothers in seeking a fortune in the world, a young princess sets out to find a prince to rescue.

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Overview

Princess Petronella challenges the mysterious enchanter Albion for a prince's freedom. She attempts a daring escape--but is she rescuing the right man? A modern fantasy classic, full of wit and surpise, with an admirable herione and spectacular new illustrations.

Determined not to be outdone by her brothers in seeking a fortune in the world, a young princess sets out to find a prince to rescue.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jay Williams's Petronella, originally published in 1973 in Parents magazine, is a princess tale with a twist. Royal-born Petronella, kind, brave and resourceful, goes in search of her prince and finds an enchanter instead. Shades of Parzival and Baba Yaga lore find their way into the story (e.g., her act of kindness releases an old man from a curse; enchanted everyday objects help her make her getaway). Margaret Organ-Kean's opening portraits of the royal family and the pristine castle in which they live are standouts, but the princess herself and her suitors appear to be rather homely. ( Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Petronella stirs the pot of tradition from the day she is born a girl instead of the traditionally- expected third born prince. The third born prince always grew up, went off and rescued a princess, then married her and took over the kingdom. Petronella sees no reason to break tradition and sets off to find a prince in distress. Along her way, she sets a wise old man free from a curse and he guides her to a possible prince-in-need. Petronella meets the handsome prince, who appears to be held against his will by an evil enchanter named Albion. She must go through several tests to set the prince free and finally, she escapes with him early one morning. The prince reluctantly leaves with the princess and soon discovers they are being followed by Albion. In the end, Albion catches them and reveals the truth about the real prince who was meant for Petronella. The tale has been noted for its feminist stance, as Petronella takes charge of her own life and defies the traditional role of women during this time. 2000 (orig. 1973), Moon Mountain,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967792910
  • Publisher: Moon Mountain Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: ILLUSTRATE
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    A wonderful fairy tale!

    This is one of my favorite children's books. It is a fairy tale with a clever, brave, kind and unconventional heroine and a wonderful twist at the end (great to know that you don't HAVE to marry the prince!). It has a nice, feminist perspective but is not short on magic and enchantment. I LOVE this book. I loved it as a little girl, and I love reading it to my daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2001

    A Practical Princess

    This story is very entertaining. Quite the opposite of classic fairy tales, a young (and clever) Princess sets off to rescue a Prince as did her male ancestors before her. She encounters a handsome but self-centered Prince in the company of a wise wizard. Determined to succeed on her mission and knowing that she needs to work for the Enchanter to gain the magical objects needed to free the prince and escape, she boldly takes on the tasks given to her. Displaying her 'True Princess' qualities, she uses her Courage, Kindness and Charm to complete the tasks set forth by the Enchanter. In a truly liberated fashion, Petronella determines that she would rather marry the Enchanter than the Prince, regardless of family tradition and takes him home to meet her family, leaving the Prince behind. This is only one of the tales from a book by Jay Williams titled 'The Practical Princess and other Liberating Fairy Tales'. I don't know why this book is not available here, it's a wonderful collection of stories with positive female leads.

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