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Princess Furball

Princess Furball

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by Charlotte S. Huck

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Once upon a time a cruel King decided to betroth his motherless daughter to an Ogre in exchange for fifty wagons filled with silver. When the Princess learns what her father has done, she is horrified. But she is as clever as she is beautiful. Quickly, the Princess devises a plan to escape and, relying on her own spunk and good sense, ultimately marries the man


Once upon a time a cruel King decided to betroth his motherless daughter to an Ogre in exchange for fifty wagons filled with silver. When the Princess learns what her father has done, she is horrified. But she is as clever as she is beautiful. Quickly, the Princess devises a plan to escape and, relying on her own spunk and good sense, ultimately marries the man she chooses for herself.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stylized watercolor-and-gouache paintings give a lush, medieval air to this assured retelling of a traditional tale. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-- In this variant of the Cinderella story, a motherless princess grows into an accomplished and capable young woman. It's a good thing, too, for her heartless father intends to marry her to an ogre in exchange for 50 wagonloads of silver. The princess, thinking her demands will be impossible to meet, requests four bridal gifts--a dress as golden as the sun, one as silvery as the moon, a third as glittering as the stars, and a coat made from the skins of 1000 animals. When her father meets her demands, the princess dons her coat of a thousand furs, packs her three dresses into a walnut shell, and runs away, taking along a special soup seasoning and three small treasures that had belonged to her mother. Disguised by her strange coat, Furball, as she is now called, finds work as a drudge in a neighboring king's kitchen. When the king gives a ball, she dresses herself in the gown of gold and attends. The princess attends a second ball, and a third, leaving each one abruptly and dropping golden tokens in the prince's soup after each appearance. At the last ball, the prince slips the golden ring on her finger before she disappears, and when the ragged Furball is brought before him, can identify her as his mysterious guest and future wife. Huck's telling is smooth and graceful, with a slightly rustic informality perfectly echoed by Lobel's flat, primitive style. With a palette that ranges from warm brown to radiant white, the illustrations complement the storyline visually, placing it in an undefined middle-European setting. Author and illustrator have created a strong female character: particularly endearing in her coat of fur, she is resourceful and charming throughout. The princess' reliance on her own abilities and the absence of obvious magical help make this a fresh and satisfying addition to library collections of all sizes. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL

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Meet the Author

"When I was a child, my favorite fairy tale was the story of Furball. I loved this variant of Cinderella that portrays a spunky young woman who uses her own ingenuity to change her life," says Charlotte Huck. She wondered why this dramatic story had never appeared in a picture-book edition, and it is not surprising that she chose it as the basis of her first book for children, Princess Furball. She felt that the selection of the right illustrator was crucial, and she says, 'Anita Lobel was the perfect artist for it. I think no one today extends the narrative of the story through art in the way Anita does. She is a true master." Charlotte Huck's retelling of a second classic fairy tale, Toads and Diamonds, was also illustrated by Anita Lobel.

Ms. Huck was a professor at Ohio State University for thirty years, and in 1996 the university established in her name the first endowed professorship in children's literature in the United States. Her honors include Ohio State University's Distinguished Teaching Award and the Arbuthnot Award, given annually by the International Reading Association to an outstanding professor of children's literature, and she was selected by the Association of Library Service to Children of the American Library Association to deliver an Arbuthnot Honorary Lecture.

Ms. Huck was the author of five editions of the classic Children's Literature in the Elementary School. As an anthologist, she selected poems of nineteen wellknown poets to create Secret Places, a collection for the youngest readers.

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

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Princess Furball (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been looking for this book forever!  I couldn't remember what it was called... it's more reminiscent of the Grimm's tale of Allerleirauh than of Cinderella.  Then again, many people compare those two, anyway.  This story is so charming.  Now that I have a daughter of my own, I'm so glad I can finally share this with her! 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book all my life. I especially like the princess furball for her frizzy golden hair. She has three magnificant dresses to and a lot of spunk. I was given the nickname princess furball because of my hair so this book holds special significance to me. Read and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it's one of my Cinderella favorites because it's funny and very interesting.The pictures give so much detail. I would encourage children of all ages to read this book.Everyone should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been my favorite children's book for seventeen years. Having just entered college, I had to do a reflection on childhood likes/dislikes, and how they impacted my life. This book still is vivid in my mind from my childhood. Anyone who has children should buy this book. It is truly a book of extreme value.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Princess Furball' was a wonderful new version of Cinderella that will surely capture the heart of many children as well as adults. Charlotte Huck did a fabulous job with this creative twist. The illustrations were absolutely lovely as well. Many of the children I have read this story to, giggle excitedly every time the princess is called Furball. Even I, myself, found it hard to resist laughter. I find this story especially good, because children already know the story of Cinderella. It then makes it easy for them to relate the different versions to each other. Some of the language was difficult for the children to understand without seeing a picture, such as the spinning wheel, but overall they enjoyed it greatly. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any children's collection.