Princess Zelda and the Frogby Carol Gardner
Once upon a time there was a princess named Zelda. One day, when she is out in her finest dress playing with her favorite golden ball, she tosses her ball up in the air, and it landsSPLAT!in the mud. Princesses don't go in the mud. How will she ever get back her favorite ball? Along comes an ugly, disgusting frog who will help her, but in return, Zelda
Once upon a time there was a princess named Zelda. One day, when she is out in her finest dress playing with her favorite golden ball, she tosses her ball up in the air, and it landsSPLAT!in the mud. Princesses don't go in the mud. How will she ever get back her favorite ball? Along comes an ugly, disgusting frog who will help her, but in return, Zelda must promise to be his best friend forever!
“The repartee is sassy and hip…” Booklist Online
“This is the tale Carol Gardner creates, a page-turner for kids indeed, but for kids of all ages as well. Frogs and princesses are a tale as old as time, but peppered with the flavorful wit of Gardner, Zelda's beauty of a beast becomes a modern-day treasure.” FIDOFriendly.com
“Gardner's energetic, contemporary tone cements this as a playful, modern interpretation . . . This title ought to draw a legion of dog lovers and Zelda fans, in addition to kids looking for a silly read.” Publishers Weekly
“This clever retelling of the Grimms' fairy tale about loyalty, honor, and friendship will delight young readers.” School Library Journal
“Dog meets frog in this amusing retelling of ‘The Frog Prince,' which uses photographs of costumed English bulldogs against computer-generated backgrounds to illustrate the fairy tale.” Kirkus Reviews
Dog meets frog in this amusing retelling of "The Frog Prince," which uses photographs of costumed English bulldogs against computer-generated backgrounds to illustrate the fairy tale.
In this version, Princess Zelda is the pampered princess pooch, dressed in brocade ball gowns and jewels as she plays with her favorite golden ball. When her ball lands in a mud puddle, a helpful frog (actually another bulldog in a frog costume) appears with a promise to rescue the ball if Princess Zelda takes the frog into her life as her BFF (best friend forever). The plot follows that of the familiar story, with the frog sharing the food and pillow of the disgusted princess. After a peaceful night's sleep next to each other on a golden pillow, the frog reverts to a dog and Zelda changes her mind, declaring that she and the handsome canine prince were meant to be together always. The story is told with a contemporary flavor, using abbreviations and expressions that don't quite match up with the lavish, Renaissance-style costumes. The depictions of the frog prince are a drawback, because the dog in a frog costume doesn't clearly show that the dog has been changed into a frog by a magic spell.
Without a warts-and-all depiction of the odious frog and his subsequent transformation into a handsome prince, the fairy tale loses its bite. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)
Read an Excerpt
"Oh, BFF, please let me in!
So I might see your lovely grin!
Remember the promise you made to me.
Please let me inwe're meant to be!"
Meet the Author
When CAROL GARDNER divorced her husband, she was told to "get a therapist, or get a dog." Carol chose the latter. Since winning a Christmas card contest featuring Zelda dressed up as Santa Claus, Carol and Zelda have gone on to create a series of gift books and novelty items called Zelda Wisdom which includes everything from cookies to costumes, key chains, magnets, and more.
ZELDA is an English bulldog and a celebrity. She is also the official "spokesdog" of Delta Society Pet Partners, a program dedicated to the human-animal healing bond, and is a certifi ed therapy dog who works with children with learning disabilities. Her appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and the Martha Stewart Show have made Zelda a household name.
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