The Princess Tales: Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, For Biddle's Sake, The Fairy's Return

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In a land far, far away . . .

A boy with magical powers to win Princess Charming's heart. A fairy who likes turning humans into toads. A true love forbidden by the King.

A world of fairies and magic — what could be more perfect than that? But is it perfect enough to help a simple farm boy marry a beautiful princess? And if an unruly fairy turns a maiden into a toad, how does she turn herself back? And can a ...

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Overview

In a land far, far away . . .

A boy with magical powers to win Princess Charming's heart. A fairy who likes turning humans into toads. A true love forbidden by the King.

A world of fairies and magic — what could be more perfect than that? But is it perfect enough to help a simple farm boy marry a beautiful princess? And if an unruly fairy turns a maiden into a toad, how does she turn herself back? And can a fairy — even a helpful one — change a stubborn king's law?

Welcome to a land where Princess Charming saves the day, the prince must kiss the toads, and nothing is as it seems!

Now in one volume, three hilarious chances at happily-ever-after from the Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted:

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill
For Biddle's Sake
The Fairy's Return
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Ella Enchanted author Gail Carson Levine brings together three more Princess Tales books in this second volume starring Princess Charming, a parsley-eating maiden who wants to marry a baker's son. In "Cinderellis and the Glass Hill," a hilarious retelling of "Cinderella," a down-and-out servant boy with magical abilities finds his perfect princess -- with unexpected results. "For Biddle's Sake" refashions a fairy tale called "Puddocky," while in "The Fairy's Return," based on the Grimm Brothers' "The Golden Goose," a princess and a lower-class lad fall into romance -- only to realize they have the king to contend with! With all the charm of the great fairy tales of old, Levine's stories sure to be a hit with princess fans far and wide. Any girl looking for a royally fabulous read will welcome this volume by the Newbery Honor winner, particularly fans of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries or other princess-themed stories. An enchanting realm awaits!
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Author Gail Carson Levine adds three more humorous retellings to the latest volume of "The Princess Tales" series. In Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, an update on Andrew Lang's The Princess and the Glass Hill, Ellis, a lonely inventor, acquires three magical steeds, Chasam, Shasam and Ghasam, which allow him to win the heart of Princess Marigold, who is stuck on a glass hill until a suitor reaches her. In For Biddle's Sake, a retelling of Andrew Lang's Puddocky, beautiful Parsley lives with the fairy Bombina, who when angered, transforms humans into toads. When Prince Tansy smiles at Parsley, the jealous fairy rages and transforms her ward into a toad, whose fate will only be reversed when she receives a marriage proposal. In The Fairy's Return, based on the Grimm Brother's Golden Goose, Robin, son of a humorless baker and bad poet ("I forbid the marriage with Princess Lark. I would rather see the boy wed a barracuda") secretly meets Princess Lark, daughter of King Harrumphrey. Their union, opposed by both families, is challenged but ultimately won by Robin's humor. In Levine's hysterical fairy world, Kings are fools consumed with foolish quests and princesses do not passively sit around awaiting their fate. These short stories are sure to amuse readers and would make a nice choice for students studying adaptations of fairy and folktales. 2003, HarperTrophy, Ages 7 to 12.
—Hillary Homzie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060560430
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/17/2004
  • Series: Princess Tales Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 679,811
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carsn Levine grew up in New York City and has been writing all her life. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest, a New York Times bestseller, Publishers Weekly Best Book, and School Library Journal Best Book; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Ever, a New York Times bestseller; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writer to Writer, the poetry book Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems, and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie, illustrated by Scott Nash.

Gail and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in New York's Hudson Valley.

Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. He lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

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