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Princess Emeralda a.ka. Emma isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey's bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might retu ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published November 9th 2002 by Bloomsbury (first published September 2nd 2002)
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Kinga
Jan 18, 2013 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like children's books and I am not even going to invent an excuse for reading this one. I read it because I wanted to. There.

I read it because I wanted to read a story about a princess who kisses a frog. Things went slighlty wrong and the frog prince didn't turn into a human prince, instead the princess turn into a frog.

And then they have a lot of adventures and epiphanies.

I liked how the frog prince was bent on saving and protecting the princess but somehow was always either asleep or not aro
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Sam :)
Rating:

(late review)
The Frog Princess is one of those books that I read at the library just because I found it, loved, and then picked up every other book by the author. High recommendation for middle/elementary schoolers who love witty fantasy books! :)
Addie
Dec 28, 2008 Addie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nikki
The Frog Princess is one of my sister’s favourite comfort-reads, so it was the first thing she thought to recommend when I had a reading challenge prompt to read something recommended by a family member. It takes a generic medieval-ish setting (castles, royalty, witches), and the usual Frog Prince story, and gives it a little twist to complicate it. If you’ve seen Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, you know the basic twist — apparently, the film was somewhat based on this book, though my sister ...more
Meg McGregor
Jun 01, 2016 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-i-love
The Frog Princess is the first in a series of eight books! I have read this at least three times and just finished the fourth read!

You know, it was better than all the other times I have read this book!

In this story, Princess Emma goes into the swamp by her castle because she loves to explore it! The day the story begins, she is there as a way of avoiding her suitor, Prince Jorge (whom she absolutely deplores)! Little does she know that she will meet the love, I mean... the frog .... of her drea
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Truly
May 02, 2010 Truly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Bersediakah kau mendapat kehormatan untuk menciumku?"

"Maaf, aku tidak tertarik mencium katak! "


Lahir sebagai seorang putri tidak secara otomatis menjadikan Putri Emeralda seorang gadis yang anggun dan penuh percaya diri. Ia begitu kikuk di situasi-situasi sosial serta takut berbicara di depan umum. Sementara Pangeran Jorge begitu anggun, tampan dan egois. Wajar jika Emeralda merasa heran mengetahui mereka dijodohkan, tidak ada persamaan diantara mereka. Agar bisa menghindari perjodohan, Putri E
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Dani
Jun 13, 2009 Dani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ages: 12-100+

Princess Emma would do nearly anything to get out of meeting with the pompous Prince Jorge. So when he comes for a visit, she hides out in the swamp and meets a frog that promises he's really a prince. Emma eventually agrees to kiss him so that he can regain his true form. Neither of them were prepared for her to turn into a frog instead. Emma soon learns that a frog's life, while it has its own rewards, is one fraught with danger. Outsmarting a witch that wants their toes and tongu
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cookiemonger
Mar 05, 2016 cookiemonger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book has a great idea behind it. It's a shame that the writing is so clumsy, and that its characters range from blah to toxically unlikeable. This, I'd have to blame on the stilted, impressively awful dialogue.

I find it mystifying that some people have said that the vocabulary seems "above" or "beyond" the target audience. Maybe I'm a genius of vocabulary or something, but I thought that it was below the level of other books such as Redwall or even Fablehaven. Nothing against those people w
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emma
Apr 01, 2016 emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, children-s
3.8/5

this was my favorite series in late elementary school, so when the new editions were put on book outlet i couldn't pass up. i'm so glad that i genuinely enjoyed this book the second time around, instead of being irritated/bored/embarrassed i ever liked it. this book is cute and smart and fun, and such a unique and more girl-powery twist on a traditional fairytale. i'm very glad i read these books in elementary school, though i'm not sure if i want to reread the rest of the series. (it is st
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Ms. Library
This would be perfect for a younger reader. Its a fun take on a traditional fairy tale, and Baker has a fun sense of humor. It would definitely be great for 8 years up and older, as the tone is pretty innocent. I would also recommend it to people who are fans of Ella Enchanted, where the fairy tale is turned on its head in a way that makes the girl more active in the story.

I think I hit this one a little late, which is why its three stars for me, but I would definitely give it to a younger reade
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Gabi Benevides
Jan 27, 2016 Gabi Benevides rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book since I was little so I can't give it less than five stars, even with the little things that annoy me.
I'm guessing this is E. D. Baker's first book (or one of the first ones) because of the speed of the plot. Hm, not sure about how to explain this. But the rhythm of the story is really quick, without a big development or explanations. It reminds me of my first stories. Nothing wrong with that, just pointing out my thoughts about it.
It's always a pleasure to read it again.
Lia Marcoux
There was a scene at the beginning of this story where the Princess Emma is looking for someone to tell about her troubles, and she searches among the scullery maids, etc. for someone to complain to, but they're all so busy working (HOW DARE THEY) that they don't have time for her and she's grumpy. "Aha," I thought. "She's going to discover that being a princess is peaches and cream compared to working for a living - I see your arc, Baker", but, nope. We never hear about the working class again. ...more
Meg McGregor
The Frog Princess is the first in a series of eight books! I have read this at least three times and just finished the fourth read!

You know, it was better than all the other times I have read this book!

In this story, Princess Emma goes into the swamp by her castle because she loves to explore it! The day the story begins, she is there as a way of avoiding her suitor, Prince Jorge (whom she absolutely deplores)! Little does she know that she will meet the love, I mean... the frog .... of her drea
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Maggie (Raindrop Reads)
I picked this one up on Monday when I was bored out of my mind. I couldn't go to the book store that morning, and I had this book just sitting in my closet. I remembered how much I had adored this series when I was a little kid, so I picked up the book and began to read.

Princess Emeralda (Emma for short) is the princess, and sole heir, of her kingdom, Greater Greensward. Emma is no normal princess, and she would much rather spend time in the swamp that's right next to her castle than doting on
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Brianna Mathes
Jan 08, 2010 Brianna Mathes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A princess named Emerelda[she goes by Emma:] loves going to the swamp when she can. Most of the time she has to do princess stuff or practice magic with her aunt, the Green Witch. One day she went to the swamp and was asked by a frog[who said he was a prince named Eadric:]for a kiss. She finally agrees to kiss him and she ends up turning into a frog. They both go on an adventure to find the witch who turned Eadric into a frog, so she can reverse the spell. When they think they've found the witc ...more
Sammie Pedersen
This was such a cute book that I would recommend to a young female reader. It is like you are in her head as she goes through all these relatively minor changes. After it seems that she has the most difficulty life and that she cant do anything right, she decides to kiss a frog. Then he turns into a prince and her life is forever changed. She continues to consult her aunt about these changes and asks her for her opinion what she should do because she in so confused! In the end she seems to have ...more
Sarah Stevens
I love fairy tales, especially twists on classics, so this series intrigued me. I have to admit, though, that I am pretty tired of the Frog Prince tale in almost all its forms. This story was sweet, but not fantastic. The characters are underdeveloped and the text reads like a story that you make up for a child at bedtime: first this happened and then this happened and then this and then the end. Decent ideas, but not much in the way of dynamics or momentum. And I was surprised that the setup fo ...more
Megan Reilly
Sep 23, 2010 Megan Reilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few days ago,I finshed reading an incredible story called, The Frog Princess. The book by E.D. Baker takes place in an enchanted kingdom. Emma, the main character, kisses a frog who claims he is a prince, his name was Eadric. There were many bumps along the way for Emma and Eadric. For example, Emma kissed Eadric and turned herself into a frog! In order to turn the both of them back they needed to find the witch who put the spell on Eadric. They also met many new friends like Li'l Stinker, a b ...more
Abigail
Mar 18, 2010 Abigail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Princess Emma believes she is the worst princess and witch in all of Greater Greensward, and when she is told she has to marry a shellfish prince she runs of into a swamp only to find a frog who claims he is a prince and a kiss from her would turn him human again. But after a kiss from the prince she turns into a frog. So they go off on an adventure to turn human again!They make Eadric look like a pig in some parts yet in other parts he's sweet as can be. I recommend this book to girls who are ...more
Megan Farr
The frog princess is about a princess named Emma, she is the heir of Greater Greensward. Her mother tells her she must marry a stuck up prince, Prince Jorge, her worst enemy so she runs off to the swamp where she meets a prince who was turned into a frog, Prince Eadric. She kisses him attempting to change him back to human but instead is turned into a frog herself. After a jouney they learn when she kissed him she was wearing a bracelet and in order to reverse the curse had to kiss him again wea ...more
Reagan
Jan 20, 2016 Reagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Emma has a laugh like a donkey. That is weird. She is a pretty weird princess. Her mother wants her to marry Prince Jorge, which she does not wants to marry. Whenever Prince Jorge comes to the castle, Emma would always run away to the swamp. There, she meets a talking frog who says he's a prince. He says that if she kisses him, he will turn back into a prince. Very reluctantly, she kissed him. But, instead of him turning back into a prince, Princess Emma turned into a frog also!
Together
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Amanda
Oct 05, 2015 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I should have known better than to read one of Frances Hardinge's books before this, because FROM THE START that meant this book was doomed to tougher judgment. But, honestly, I just don't get this author's writing, I think. I don't understand why her books are so widely published, read, and apparently enjoyed. I find her characters very shallow (even the ones that aren't *supposed* to be shallow teen-types), her plot-work clumsy and nonsensical (Why are we going to look for the witch that ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 11, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
So, apparently The Frog Princess inspired the Disney film The Princess and the Frog. By “inspired,” I mean that Disney took the idea of the girl who kisses the frog turning into a frog (instead of the frog turning into a prince) and that’s pretty much it. The two really aren’t alike at all except for that.

I really enjoyed the twist of the kiss turning the girl/princess into a frog. It’s original, a great departure from the modern “Frog Prince” stories (interestingly enough, the original fairy ta
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Candi
Apr 07, 2009 Candi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ya-supernatural
I liked this book okay, it was very light, fluffy and I read it in about two hours. I do think that in an effort to appeal to a pre-teen audience it was a little devoid of substance. I like these middle grade books because sometimes I don't want to contemplate adult themes or almost adult themes, but I would like a plot to think about. It kind of seemed like nothing had a reason for happening and no one had a really legitimate reason for doing anything. So airy and cute, but nonsensical.
Micah Goettl
Feb 14, 2016 Micah Goettl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, quick, easy read. The writing style has a more educated sound than most middle-grade books. It bothered me at some points because it felt kind of repetitive in the way the narrator would say something like, "Feeling ashamed, I hid my face behind my hands. Hurrying out of the room, I removed my hands and could tell from how hot my cheeks were that I was blushing hard." (From my head, not from the book.) Not the most awesome example, but do you see the way each sentence starts with ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Attempting to help out a frog who claims he's under a spell and is really a prince, a young princess is coerced into giving him a smooch on his slimy little froggy lips. Complications arise which are later explained and the princess is turned into a frog as well. Taking it mostly in stride, she sets off with her new froggy friend, the so-called prince, to find a way to reverse the spell. What follows is a fun adventure written with good natured humor.
Michelle
The Frog Princess is a light-hearted adventure story. I would classify it as kids' book (rather than YA) since it's pretty innocent, and there's not a great deal of complexity; it follows the obstacle-filled journey of two enchanted frogs trying to become human again. (Not to say kids' books can't be complex; just that this one isn't.) It fits in the same general category as Gail Carson Levine's Princess Tales series (mentioned in a blurb on the back of my copy), The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, ...more
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
This was such a cute read and it brought me back to days where romance was actually readable. Love stories doesn't have to involve the guy leaving you because he fears for you, nor the fact that you are a loser that gets swept off your feet by your handsome, "mysterious" lover. That's cheesy.

When everything use to be simple and sweet, I actually enjoy the adventure-love stories, foe example this one.
Elevetha
Aug 13, 2012 Elevetha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
Cute and fun. Retelling of the Frog Prince. What if when the princess and the frog kissed, the princess turned into a frog? Yes, this was written before the Disney "The Princess and the Frog." Disney ripped E.D. Baker off for the idea. She should have gotten credit. The book is a billion times better, with no voodoo and set in a fantasy world. Lovely! It's an easy but wholly enjoyable read.
Dharia Scarab
My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

http://spreadthewordnevada.org/

Myself, I go ou
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E.D. Baker (Elizabeth Dawson Baker) made her international debut in 2002 with The Frog Princess, which was a Texas Lone Star Reading List Book, A Book Sense Children's Pick, a Florida's Sunshine State Readers List pick & a 2006 Sasquatch Book Award nominee. The Princess and the Frog, is loosely based on this novel.

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