The Ordinary Princess
Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen.... show more
Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen. When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and, because she's so ordinary, easily becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace. And there . . . much to everyone's surprise . . . she meets a prince just as ordinary (and special) as she is! "This delightful fairy tale is sure to please young romantics . . . Neither Kaye's princess nor her book should be considered ordinary." (School Library Journal)
Publish date: 2002-03-18
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
The story was endlessly amusing, the stabs at fairy tales conventions were perfect, the romance was cute and lovely, and the illustrations were gorgeous. I only took this long to read it because I did not want it to end, and I sooo want a hard-copy, even though it doesn't seem like there exist a S...
It was good, but it made me realize something I was pretty sure of anyway: I'm not one for fairy tales. There's just not enough in it for me. I want more than just a basic outline of a story. I guess I'm too modern to appreciate them. The idea of the story is great, though, and if it was turned ...
A short, very sweet story for younger readers about a princess given "ordinariness" by a fairy godmother. I liked most that Amy is never taken aback, and always is quick to deal with situations, with considerable good cheer.
The biggest thing that stood out to me was in the beginning: "True, the splendid jewels and brocades of the kings and princes and barons were quite out of place on her homely little person, but the fairy gifts had been very useful, for though she was ordinary, she possessed health, wit, courage, cha...
very very very very simple plot. But I like the way it makes fun of other fairy tales, trying so desperately to say that it's different (but I still highly doubt that). The ending is pretty nice, I'm content with the fact that Amy remains ordinary in appearance like that. That's how a good message i...