The Salamander Spell (The Tales of the Frog Princess Series #5)

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In this prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess, Grassina is a young princess-in-training. But as the younger sister to Princess Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much beyond behave herself. When a terrible spell stops her mother from being the good Green Witch, and the Kingdom of Greater Greensward seems to teeter on the brink of terror, Grassina sets off on an errand in the swamp and comes back with some surprises for everyone, including skills that only Chartreuse is supposed to have. Soon it is ...

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Overview

In this prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess, Grassina is a young princess-in-training. But as the younger sister to Princess Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much beyond behave herself. When a terrible spell stops her mother from being the good Green Witch, and the Kingdom of Greater Greensward seems to teeter on the brink of terror, Grassina sets off on an errand in the swamp and comes back with some surprises for everyone, including skills that only Chartreuse is supposed to have. Soon it is clear that Grassina has begun to find her own way to the magic she thinks she'll never have, and luckily for Greater Greensward, the audaciousness--and the ability--to save the kingdom itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristine Kienle
As the younger daughter of Queen Olivene, the Green Witch of Greater Greensward, Grassina sits in the shadow of her older sister Chartreuse. Queen Olivene has magical powers and great responsibility as the protector of her kingdom. When she can no longer perform her duties, tradition holds that the eldest daughter must take the reigns. Chartreuse, however, has trouble learning magic, which frustrates her fifteen-year-old younger sibling to no end. The two sisters do not get along well, but they must work together when their mother is cursed after touching a flower and starts using her magic for evil. Bad things start happening in Greater Greensward without the Green Witch's protection. Chartreuse continues to attempt to learn magic while her mother demands daunting, nearly impossible tasks of her and Grassina. One day, after Chartreuse insults Grassina by accusing her of jealousy and murderous intentions, Grassina runs deep into the forest to explore. She brings her friend Pippa the snake to the swamp with her, where she meets Haywood, a young boy who lives by himself on an island in the swamp. As a team, Grassina, Haywood, and Pippa must work to overcome many obstacles in the swamp and at the castle. Grassina learns a lot through her family experiences and adventures in the swamp. This dynamic and round character matures through her triumphs—such as saving the kingdom from werewolves with her newfound power, and through her tribulations, including dealing with her jealous sister, a death in the family, and resisting an overpowering mother. This humorous novel teaches teamwork, selflessness, and friendship as the characters, especially Grassina and Chartreuse, develop and realizetheir full potential. Reviewer: Kristine Kienle
VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
In Baker's prequel to her four-part series, The Tales of the Frog Princess, which features Emeralda, readers are treated to the backstory of Emeralda's Aunt Grassina. Older sister Princess Chartreuse is infuriated by her failed efforts to get with the magic program and become the next Green Witch of the Greater Greensward kingdom. Grassina cannot keep a profile low enough to stay out of Chartreuse's rages. When the girls' father inadvertently turns his wife, Queen Olivene, the current Green Witch, into a cruel hag, tragedy befalls the castle. Chartreuse and Olivene heap ever-more abuse on Grassina who rescues Pippa, a wounded snake, and flees to a nearby island. There she meets Haywood, a young boy wizard who is drawn to Grassina's plucky resourcefulness. Just in time, they realize that Grassina has the gift of magic and is pegged to be the next Green Witch. They learn to use her fledgling gifts to ward off attacks from werewolves and an evil manticore, thus saving the kingdom and allowing Grassina to claim her rightful place as the anointed Green Witch. Baker throws a lot into this book-amusing smatterings of light humor, a fairly intense gore factor (beheadings and the bone-crunching demise of several creatures), and an increasingly gooey romantic element toward the end between Haywood and Grassina, which might be too much for her targeted audience. Nevertheless it is a popular series, so buy accordingly.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7
A prequel to The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2003) and the fifth book in the series, this novel features a young Princess Grassina and her family. Her mother, Queen Olivene, the Green Witch, is grooming Grassina's older sister to inherit this title while ignoring Grassina's interest in magic and potential talent. The girls' rivalry and the entire kingdom are turned upside down when their father innocently brings their mother flowers, invoking a curse that changes her into an ugly hag. The queen's gleeful and perplexing antics provide some humor in this story but her disinterest in taking care of her realm threatens the safety of Greater Greensward, leads to the death of the king, and forces Grassina to undertake a quest. This tale satisfyingly explains much of the history behind the other books and gives insight into one of the more interesting characters in The Frog Princess . It continues the evolution of the series from a simple retelling of a well-known fairy tale into an entertaining saga featuring a fully developed magical world of its own.
—Kathleen MeulenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599903262
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Language: Welsh
  • Series: Tales of the Frog Princess Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 163,648
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

E. D. Baker is the author of The Tales of the Frog Princess series, including The Frog Princess, which was in part the inspiration for a new Disney movie which will be released this fall (The Princess and the Frog). Baker is also the author of Wings: A Fairy Tale. She lives with her family and many pets in Maryland.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    THIS BOOK WILL NEVER SLIP FROM YOUR HANDS!!!

    This book is one of my absolute favorites. I accidentally picked this one up first instead of the first one. but I LOVED IT!!! I love reading about the medieval times and princesses and happily ever afters and things. i also love fantasy adventure books. so if you like any or all of these things or enjoyed Tamora Pierce's book or any other popular fantasy and magical series. THEN PICK THIS ONE UP ON YOUR NEXT STOP TO B&N

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    Awesome

    I loved this prequel it was so amazing and the story of Grassina finding Haywood. My favorite part was when at the end they use the "SALAMANDER SPELL" it was so absorbing as I read in class. I can't wait to finish the series!!

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    Very Boring...Cheesy!

    I, personally, LOVE, E.D.'s books. But this one is very dissapointing!! The begining, I wanted to rip Grassina's sisters throat out!!! Grassina let her insult her like that!!! That was very mean...if I was her, I would have tured her into a frog right then and there! LOL!! True I would!! BUT I loved the ending...it was very romantic, but somehow almost cheesy. But it all wraped up into an "okay" book. I wouldn't really recomend this book, but I might (;!!


    With all due reapect,
    Alice!!*

    p.s
    Bewitching Season is my FAVORITE BOOK!!!! But NEVER read the secound one...Betraying Season, - for its very obvious and boring, and stupid with all the foolish flirting. Bewitching will leave you breathless for the love of her life!! Till the very end!!!

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    Salamander Spell

    This book was slightly cheesy. I mean, I read this in sixth grade, and even then I thought it was kinda childish and silly. Now I'm in high school and it just doesn't make any sense to me why you would write this. I really thought the first three were good. But once I read "No Place for Magic", and now this, I'm starting to doubt the series. I also read "Wings". It's pretty good, like the first Frog Princess books. That's better that this book. Really, the only reason I'm giving this a three is because I think the romance between Grassina and Haywood is kinda cute, in a way. Anyway, I would think twice before buying this. You never know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

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    good book!!

    although i miss eadric and emma, learning about the whole beggining of before emma was even born, made the book much more able to understand. haywood and grassina, were really perfect for each other!! i absolutely love all of the tales of the frog princess books. they are thrillng, funny, and hard to put down!! keep writing ED. BAKER! i definetly reccomend this book!!

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