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The Princess Who Had Almost Everything is an enchanting tale that reminds readers of all ages that happiness is not always where you seek it, but instead can be found in the ...
The Princess Who Had Almost Everything is an enchanting tale that reminds readers of all ages that happiness is not always where you seek it, but instead can be found in the most unlikeliest places.
Spoiled Princess Alicia constantly yells out the same refrain, "I'm bored!" Nothing pleases her-not the wondrous garden maze commissioned by the king and queen, not a table full of frothy desserts, not even a specially designed, fully automated "princess-washer" bathtub. She finally decides that she wants a prince, but all the candidates bore her except for one. Prince Connor brings a big box filled with sheets of paper, and, after folding an origami house, invites her to make something herself. Her creative streak unleashed, the princess finally finds an interest, and, in the years that follow, the two marry and live happily ever after. The clear message is that the simple things are often better than the fantastic. Large, painterly spreads depict the story's action from varied perspectives. The artist's rich palette consistently contrasts bold reds with landscape greens. An enjoyable but additional tale.-Linda M. Kenton, Pickleweed Public Library, San Rafael, CA
In this modern take on the fairy tale, a king and queen puzzle over what to do with a princess who has almost everything and is still bored. Princess Alicia's parents "[love] her dearly and [do] everything they [can] to make her happy," but nothing seems to make her happy. They build Alicia her own castle with a roller coaster. They give her a leafy maze with an electric train. The shoemaker designs fine shoes to tempt her. The royal bakers concoct lavish confections to please her—all to no avail. When she decides she wants a prince, heralds sweep the kingdom promising Alicia's hand in marriage to the man who can keep her from being bored. All fail until Prince Connor presents her with a cardboard box filled with paper—and the invitation to use her imagination. Humorous, stylized illustrations in pretty pastels capture the scowling, frowning, wailing, grimacing, yelling Alicia in every stage of utter boredom amidst her perfect fairy-tale world. An enchanting lesson in the importance of simple gifts and self-entertainment. (Picture book. 4-7)