The Ordinary Princess
I was disappointed that the fantastic 1986 cover has been replaced by some hot mess picture of an elven girl in a green dress. What happened to the 80's princess with freckles, frizzy brown hair, and a ridiculously ornate purple dress?
Reading the book as an adult, I was so relieved to read an earnest fairy tale for once. So many "fairy tale princess books" on the market are hideous, smarmy, wink-wink tales...more
When I am King,
You shall be Queen"
This was my absolute favorite book when I was a young girl. Amy, a smart, plucky, decidedly NOT classically beautiful princess, is given at birth the magical gift of being "ordinary". Years later, Amy reaches marriageable age. Since she isn't beautiful and vapid, her parents are quite worried whether any prince will have her, and there's some rash talk of giving her as the prize in a dragonslaying challenge. She doesn't like th...more
Wow, Monica. Fail. Because I not only have apparently never read a page of Ordinary Princess, it also is such a brilliant novel that I’m sort of depressed I didn’t grow up with it. It deserved to be one of my favorite childhood stories, dammit, and now it never will get the chance! Sad face.
Anyway, getting off the “Now in retrospect my...more
Princess Amy is the seventh daughter of King Hulderbrand and Queen Rhodesia. All throughout history, the seventh daughter has been the most beautiful, the most extraordinary princess of them all - but not this time. This time, the most powerful Fairy, Crustacea, is out of patience when she arrives, dela...more
I’ll be giving this as a gift to several little girls.
I would have loved this as a child - but I'm glad I didn't read it then. I did read fairy tales then - but I didn't dream too much of my own HEA because the tales were so fantastic. This book, being a little more realistic, would have made the idea of losing myself in love to Prince Ch...more
Once upon a time, there was a faraway kingdom called Phantasmorania, ruled by a benevolent King and Queen. This happy royal couple was also blessed with the birth of six beautiful daughters, each princess more beautiful than the last, with rippling blonde hair, jewel blue eyes, and the fairest complexions of palest cream. And, each princess was given the name of a precious stone - Diamond, Opal, Emerald, Sapphire, Crystal, and Pearl. One fine day, the roy...more
I do find it rather hard to believe, though, that no one in the castle seems to take an interest in Amy beyond making her less...more
I remember borrowing and borrowing this book from my primary school library; I can see even now the shelf it sat on. Year...more
Charming, quirky, and one of those rare books that presents a fully-formed world quite removed from our...more
The Ordinary Princess is a book that's written for kids who are just beginning to read chapter books, and it preserves fairy-tale logic. It's the story of a princess whose six sisters are all beautiful, charming, and absolutely boring; she's "cursed" with being ordinary, a hoyden. Nobody wants to marry her, so her father threatens to hire a dragon t...more
In her foreword to The Ordinary Princess M M Kaye says she was inspired to write this story after re-reading a few of Andrew Lang's fairy tales. Realising that the princesses mentioned were, for the most part, blue-eyed and gloden-haired and quite perfect, Kaye decided that a story about an imperfect princes...more
So I'm new to this whole goodreads recommendations thing - where after 20 rated books they start using their computer voodoo to start suggesting things they think you will like. Hmmmmmmm.
I'm a little concerned - because goodreads obviously thinks - from my reading list - that I'm an 8 year old girl.
Not bad -sort of Robin Mckinley light. I liked all the themes - good lessons for young women: inner beauty is just as powerful as outer beauty, everyone is special and has a right to a place...more
Amy got a lot of differential treatment for being "Ordinary" (a curse or blessing, depending on whose view you take of it, from a fairy who takes one look at the giant piles of presents and all the fanfare and turns a beautiful child into an ordinary one). Amy is a nice person, and she doesn't really want...more
This is the story of a seventh princess who by all rights of princesses in fairy tales should have been the most beautiful, etc. and so forth, of all princesses in a family of beautiful (and rather dull) princesses. Fortunately for Amy, on the day of her christening, a highly sensible fairy blesses her...more
and the whole reason she's ignored is because she's a brunette. what kind of lesson would this teach to my also brunette, dark-eyed daughter? i'm thinking this book won't be the one to do it, sadly. i'm still on the lookout for some real spunky, f...more
Although Amy is a Princess, she is given the gift of ordinariness. As a result she has freckles, and prefers adventures to normal princess pursuits. Her parents wish for her to be married, forces her to run away to the forest where more adventures await.
I loved this book becasue it is an unconventional fairy story about an ordinary girl and because it stresses that it doesn't matter what you look like.
It would be a good book for girls aged 8-12.
I absolutely loved the story. I thought that it was cute and fun and sweet. This is exactly what the world of fairytales needs: A story about a completely ordinary girl who still falls in love and lives happily ever after. The book is super short, but that doesn't take away from the story...more
We read it straight through. I was enchanted. I agree with Janna's review that you need the original hardbound copy with M.M. Kaye's own illustrations and forward. I have it if you want to borrow it.
This absolutely delightful book goes on my ALL-TIME FAVORITES list.
I had no idea that M.M. Kaye was such a great illustrator. It changes the whole tone of the book to read the illustrated original. It elevates a very simple tale into a whimsical classic.
Get the original.
|A book EVERY girl should read...||3||29||Jul 06, 2012 12:13PM|
|Loved it cos she gets to ruin her dress & make a mess!||1||11||Mar 26, 2012 05:31PM|