The Ordinary Princess
. . . well, actually, this story is mostly about the youngest sister of those princesses, whose fairy godmother took one look at the list of all the gifts this princess received at her christening, like Charm and Courage and Grace and Wit, and promptly decreed, ...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
I was disappointed that the fantastic 1986 cover has been replaced by some hot mess picture of an elven girl in a green dress.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
Long and long ago, when Oberon was king of the fairies, there reigned over the fair country of Phantasmorania a monarch who had six beautiful daughters.
They were in every way all that real princesses should be, for their hair was as yellow as the gold that is mined by the little gnomes in the mountains of the north, their eyes were as blue as the larkspurs in the palace gardens, and they had complexions like wild rose petals and cream.
This is not their story! Barbie clones with perfect h ...more
Mind you folks that this is straight up fairytale released in the 80's , and the target demographic are tweens, so the writing is more classic children's book than YA. I love this precious book nonetheless. This is a story of Princess Amy of Phantasmorania, who has mousy brown hair and a freckled nose, because she was gifted with ordinariness at birth (obviously,her fairy godmother was drunk). (view spoiler)[When she reaches marriageable age, her parents despair because who would want to marry a ...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 remember borrowing and borrowing this book from my primary school library; I can see even now the shelf it sat on. Year ...more
I’ll be giving this as a gift to several little girls.
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
Reminds me a bit of The 13 Clocks and Many Moons by James Thurber, or The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame or even The Light Princess by George MacDonald... if you like any in my list here, read the others too....
Charming, quirky, and one of those rare books that presents a fully-formed world quite removed from our ...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
Her looks immediately start to change to a rather ordinary and freckled appearance. Not exactly hindered by her discovery that she could climb down the wisteria and frolic in the Forest of Faraway with the wild animals while her sisters played catch with a golden ...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
|A book EVERY girl should read...||7||45||Nov 09, 2014 07:10PM|
|Loved it cos she gets to ruin her dress & make a mess!||1||14||Mar 26, 2012 05:31PM|