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

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by Gail Carson Levine, Mark Elliott
     
 

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

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

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060560430
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/17/2004
Series:
Princess Tales Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
394,039
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; 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 books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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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