Princess Chloe can't wait to wear her primrose petticoats to the Ruby Mansions ball. But she's forgotten her invitation! And when Princess Gruella wants to borrow her favorite dress, things get even worse.
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Vivian French was best known in school for being extremely skinny and for talking a lot. At school she developed an attachment to words and later became an actor, then a storyteller, and finally a writer of children's books. She is the author of more than two hundred books. Ms. French lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has four grown daughters.
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The Tiara Club at Ruby Mansions 1: Princess Chloe and the Primrose Petticoats
"What? What's that you say, child?" The new principal had her ear trumpet an inch away from my nose. "Date, you say? What date? It's Monday today. First day of the term!"
I took a deep breath and spoke as clearly as I could. "Your Majesty, I'm sorry I'm late!"
Queen Fabiola jumped. "My dear!" she said. "There's no need to shout. A Perfect Princess never raises her voice. And why are you late?"
I hung my head. I absolutely couldn't tell her the real reason.
"I don't know," I mumbled.
"Slow? Your horses were too slow?" Queen Fabiola gave a sort of bark. I think she was laughing. "Dear me. If I've heard that excuse once, I've heard it a thousand times. Well, you're here now, so you'd better run along and find your friends. What did you say your name was?"
"Princess Chloe," I said as loudly as I dared.
"Princess Zoe?" My principal looked puzzled. "I'm sure Princess Zoe arrived earlier. I didn't realize there were two of you. Never mind. I'll ask Lady Harris to check the lists later. Do you know which dormitory you're in?"
I nodded. It seemed safer than trying to speak.
"Good, good. Run along, then." And Queen Fabiola waved me away with her ear trumpet.
I didn't mean to be late to arrive at Ruby Mansions.
My mother's always busy doing queenly things, so my great-aunt looks after me. And she's very strict. She thinks I should wear plain satin gowns to make me look taller (I'm quite small for my age), but I just love flowers and beads and embroidery, and lots andlots of fluffy petticoats. I'm very lucky because I have lots of girl cousins just a little bit older than me. They give me their dresses when they grow out of them, and they're gorgeous!
My most favorite dress ever is a beautiful pale forget-me-not blue, with gathered skirts so you can see the petticoats underneath. And would you believe it? The petticoats are covered with tiny yellow primroses. Honestly, when I first saw it I thought I would die of excitement! But do you know what my great-aunt said? She said it was too flowery, and I wasn't allowed to wear it. But I just knew it would be absolutely perfect for the Ruby Mansions First Day of School ball.
And that was why I was late. I had to wait until my great-aunt had gone downstairs to talk to the coachman. As soon as she'd gone, I threw open my trunk and squeezed in my primrose petticoat dress, and all the other pretty ones as well. It was a tight fit (I am not very good at packing!), and there were some papers and cards that got in the way, so I shoved them under my bed. My great-aunt kept calling me to hurry up and come downstairs, but she never guessed what I was doing.The Tiara Club at Ruby Mansions 1: Princess Chloe and the Primrose Petticoats. Copyright � by Vivian French. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. <%END%>
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This glitter-filled and flower-covered easy-reader is perfect for little girls who want to start reading on their own. As part of the Tiara Club series, Princess Chloe and the other princesses teach simple lessons in friendship and manners while dealing with things that little girls like (dresses, shoes, tiaras, etc). The little princesses try to work things out among themselves, but Fairy G. is always there to wave her wand and make everything better. Black and white illustrations throughout the book help readers visualize the story for themselves, while taking a step away from the picture book. Recommended for school and public libraries in affluent areas.