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Children's LiteratureTwo classic fairy tales retold and two new fairy tales send the reader into lands of princesses and magical lands. In the "The Stolen Princess," Princess Linadel has yet to find a suitable husband to wed. As the kingdom prepares for the princess' seventeenth birthday, she is stolen and taken to Faerieland. However, she is not the first in her kingdom to be taken. Many seventeen-year-old girls and many infant boys have been abducted through the years. But Princess Linadel will be the one to find out what happens to them after their disappearances. "The Princess and the Frog" is a classic fairy tale. Princess Rana is courted by Aliyander, but she really does not want to marry him. She meets the frog when she drops a necklace—given to her by Aliyander—into a pool. He makes his home in the palace and in her heart when she discovers he is really a prince. The Golden Hind has injured and killed many in "The Hunting of the Hind." Princess Korah is the only one who can rescue those who have been held by the Golden Hind's spell. "The Twelve Princesses" is a magical retelling of the princesses who wear out their shoes every night by dancing. Their father can not figure out how their the soles of their shoes are worn through each night until one soldier comes along and discovers the secret. These tales would be a great addition to any fantasy collection. McKinley spins beautiful tales of the kingdoms where princesses live and magic reigns supreme. 2003 (orig. 1981), Firebird/Penguin, Ages 12 up.
— Marcie Flinchum Atkins