Water Song: A Retelling of "The Frog Prince" [NOOK Book]

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"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS


Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never ...
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Overview

"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS


Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never imagining that the war could reach them there. But it does.

Soon Emma finds herself stranded in a war-torn country, utterly alone. Enemy troops fight to take over her estate, leaving her with no way to reach her family, and no way out.

With all of her attention focused on survival and escape, Emma hardly expects to find love. But the war will teach her that life is unpredictable, people aren't always what they seem, and magic is lurking everywhere.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Set in Belgium during World War II, this magical story mirrors the traditional tale of The Frog Prince. In this case, the prince is a young American who loves to swim. Jack's skin and lungs have been injured by the poison gas used by the Germans so that when beautiful Emma Pennington first meets him, she sees "his mottled skin, and bulging, slitted eyes," resembling nothing more than a giant amphibian. Emma was stranded in Belgium by the events of the war, and recently lost her mother, a casualty of the fighting. She is young, inexperienced and willful. She instinctively knows that she must protect her froggy friend from the Germans so she poses as his wife, allowing him to recover in the shelter of her room when the German soldiers take over her family's estate. Weyn weaves magic into the context of the story, as Jack, a native of New Orleans, slips in and out of the bedroom through secret passageways, converses with his mother through dreams, and puts together healing poultices from local plants. Although the story told does not support the quickness with which they fall in love, Jack and Emma inevitably fall for each other. Their love is pushed aside as they join English and French forces to defeat the Germans. Narrating a fast moving plot, Weyn uses descriptive language to develop the characters of Jack and Emma. Other characters are mere foils, acting as a backdrop for these two: the evil German soldier, the young adoring soldier who looks up to Jack, the obsequious servants involved in the underground. At the end of the war, Jack and Emma meet again, their love unsurprisingly as strong as ever. Weyn uses language in clever ways and manages to keep the interest of thereader, in spite of the predictable and sometimes far-fetched plot.
KLIATT - Heather Campbell
British-born Emma Winthrop is stranded at her family's ancestral estate in Belgium at the outbreak of World War I. Her mother was killed during an attack on Ypres, and Emma is alone with the servants who only speak Flemish—a language Emma does not know. Back in England, rumors have circulated that the real reason Emma and her mother have not returned is that Emma's mother has run away with a secret lover. As a result, Emma's society-conscious beau, Lloyd Pennington, has called off their relationship. In a fit of rage, Emma tosses the gold ball-shaped locket that contains Lloyd's picture into a well. She soon regrets her rash actions (her mother's photo is also in the locket), and she climbs down to retrieve the jewelry. She is shocked to discover in the well a badly wounded American soldier who descended into the well to soothe his skin when it was scorched by German chlorine gas. She pulls him from the water only to discover that German soldiers have taken over her estate to use as a military base. Emma lies and tells the soldiers that the wounded man, Jack, is her husband. As the two spend more and more time together Emma begins to see beyond the exasperatingly randy American, who repeatedly asks her for a kiss. When their lives are threatened, Jack must call upon his affinity with water to save them both. He learned this magic from his mother, who was a wise woman and healer in New Orleans. Although wartime drama is present, combat is not the major element of this novel. Instead, the battles and the espionage are plot devices that force Jack and Emma together. Even the violence in the novel is light and is only deadly in the case of Emma's mother. Other characters that are"killed" are miraculously rescued from near death. This book could be used for a comparison exercise and read in conjunction with the original fairytale, "The Frog Prince." However, it would mostly be a great choice for teen girls who are looking for a light romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442408364
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Series: Once upon a Time Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 164,458
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Weyn has written more than 100 novels for children and young adults and has had her work featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books in the Once upon a Time series include The Crimson Thread and The Night Dance among others.  Another contribution to the Pulse line is her Romantic Comedy, South Beach Sizzle. Suzanne lives in Putnam Valley, NY.s
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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    A Wonderful Tale of Romance and Warmth

    Though I'm almost 16, I am a huge fan of simple, easy-to-read, appropriate romance novels. This story is of a girl named Emma who stays with her distant relatives in a war-stricken country. She soon finds a wounded soldier while looking for her lost locket in the family well. As she tends to this young man's wounds, he begins to tend to her hardened heart. This is a gentle, refreshing love story that will warm your heart, give you hope, and you will want to reread it again and again. I would recommend this book to all girls who enjoy beautiful, sweet love stories, without having to worry about sex and other mature topics normally included in today's romance novels.You are sure to love it.Thanks for reading, and God bless.
    -Corley S.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    Absolutely Breathtaking!

    This is one of my favorite books within the Once Upon a Time series. This story was very different from anything I had read before and I was truly captivated by it. I fell in love with the character of Jack and felt like I was wondering what was going to happen on every page. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tale retellings.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    :)

    I'll have to ask the queen... Omg, Jack is so cute! I would reccommend this book to ANYONE. I don't care if you hate war stories or frogs. Emma is a feisty girl, and Jack is so... kind and caring, and not to mention smart! This is the best book by Suzanne Weyn EVER!!!!! And yes, I have read The Night Dance, and I gotta say, I love this book a whole lot more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    The best book I've ever read.

    I am a big-time reader, and have read thousands and thousands of books, but this stands out among all of them. It is witty and romantic, thrilling and heart-warming. I've re-read this book to the point of having to buy a new one, though however strange this may sound, I am unable to part with mine.

    This is one of those books that hide, unknown, and passed by in the shelves at bookstores, and are secretly a great, majestic tale.

    I would want anyone and everyone to read this book. It shines with realisim and fills hearts with love. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    omg

    this was the best book i have ever reat and i am only 11 but my reading level is that of a person in collage

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Amazing

    It was one of the best book i have ever read in the series. I

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    great book

    I really liked this book although it wasnt my favoite in the once upon a time series. I loved how the author put a bunch of worls war 1 history in it. The love parts were ok but i didnt grow as attached to emma and jack as i might have been able to. Overall decent book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    What age level is this?

    What age level is this? I want to see if I can read it for fun. Please answer!!!! Is it worth the $? I need to know!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    A Re-Telling of The Frog Prince

    This was a great story filled with love, magic and unexpected twists. It has a great plot and really well written characters that make it a very enjoyable book to read.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    The Frog Prince retell...

    Loved this book! I thought it was really cute and sweet. And I'm almost 18 lol I read this book in 1 day because I couldn't put it down. This book is at the top of my favorite books list! Great book! Everyone should read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    A reviewer

    It was a very interesting story. I couldn't put it down for a moment. Suzanne Weyn did a really amazing job on this book. I recommend it for readers who are interested in war and love. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    5 star Book

    Water Song a 'retelling of ¿The Frog Prince¿', is about a girl named Emma Pennington and her mother travel from their home in Britain to their family estate in Belgium. Emma¿s father told them to go to their estate in Belgium so they could stay away from the war that was going on. They never imagined that the war could reach them there. But it does. Soon Emma is alone with no one to help her to get out of the country. The enemy troops take over her family¿s estate. The troops 'Germans' keep Emma locked in a room and two guards outside of the door. She has no way out. With all of the distractions of her to find a way out of Belgium she doesn¿t think she can find true love. But she does. Emma Pennington try¿s to find ways out of the estate. So she can go back to her home in Britain. I think this book was really good. If you like fairy tales you will like Water Song 'Retelling of ¿the frog Prince¿'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    OMG it was so good i couldn't put it down. I love how the author retells the story. Very creative and origanal. Two thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    Another wonderful book in the once upon a time series! I finished it in two hours it was that good! It is a very well-written book and I recomend it to everyone who loves a good fairy tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2007

    i love this book!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book is my favorite book from the 'once upon a time' series. the way the characters interact is so touching and sweet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really love water song. when i started to read it, i couldn't put it down! it was one of my favorite books to read! I love the wat suzanne weyn writes. Shes a really great author. She should make more like this...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    Bianca a book lover

    I thought this book was one of Suzanne Weyns worst book. She mixed World WarI history with The Frog Prince. I liked the Frog Prince but this rewriting was just not the best one. I'm not trying to be mean she needed to do better. I liked The Night Dance thats a book worth reading. She did a good job with that.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Lovely

    This is a wonderful retelling on the Frog Prince story. It is new and fresh and has a nice spin on an old classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    great book!!

    i loved this book! people that like fairy tales mixed in with a bit of realisticness would love this book....anyeone should read this its the best... its kind of like the frog princess series but its so different even if its suppose to be a re-telling...ya any way read the book its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    I loved this book!!!

    I think that this is one of the best books in the Once Upon a Time series. It is a really interesting book. I read almost all of it in one day, only putting it down because it was 1:00 in the morning and I had to go to bed. All that I had left to read was the epilogue, and I read it as soon as I woke up the next morning. It makes the story much more interesting how it is set during World War I. I would reccomend this book for anyone who loves fairy tales, and if you like some historical fiction it will probablly interest you, too.

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