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Princess Furball

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Once upon a time a cruel King decided to betroth his motherless daughter to an Ogre in exchange for fifty wagons filled with silver. When the Princess learns what her father has done, she is horrified. But she is as clever as she is beautiful. Quickly, the Princess devises a plan to escape and, relying on her own spunk and good sense, ultimately marries the man she chooses...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published March 29th 1994 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Miriam
In this adaptation of the Princess Donkeyskin, the horrific threat of incest -- forced marriage to her father -- is replaced by betrothal to a wealthy ogre (in the illustrations merely an ugly older man). I can understand why Huck was reluctant to address this topic with young readers, but without it the tale feels off kilter.

The threatening sense of horror and unease remains, perhaps more intense for being ungrounded in a specific danger. Reading it feels like visiting a home and knowing that...more
Theresa C
Huck, Charlotte. Princess Furball Greenwillow Books, 1989
This Cinderella story is about a princess who is told by her father that she must marry an ogre. The ogre has agreed to give the King fifty wagons of silver in return! This princess is having no part of this agreement so she asks her father for bridal gifts that she believes he couldn’t possibly give her. Unfortunately, the King provides the princess with all the gifts that she has requested so she feels the only thing left to do is run aw...more
Laura
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Brigette
The cover of Princess Furball has a pretty font that one would expect from a Princess story, but the framed illustration is not as stereotypical. It shows a girl who looks like a beggar in a big, puffy coat being forced to clean while appearing very scared of the other people in the kitchen—one of whom is wielding a broom. The end papers are white, but there are illustrations before the first opening that are clearly part of the story that are not to be ignored. They are of a funeral, then of a...more
Jasmine
I grabbed this book thinking it was going to be some fairy tale about a cat and was surprised to find out it was actually a rendition of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. The princess in the story grows up without a mother and with a father who pays her no attention at all but luckily her old nurse loved her and raised her as her own and taught her to be strong and witty as well as beautiful. When the princess' father arranges a marriage with an ugly old man she decides to come up with four dem...more
Cole Hoffman
This book is story about a princess. She lost her mother when she was a baby and her father didn't pay attention to her, so she was mainly raised by her old nurse. When she came of age, her father arranged a marriage for her in exchange for 50 wagons of silver. Distraught she ordered that her father make her three very specific dresses and a coat with the fur of all the animals in the kingdom to buy her some time. However her father had them quickly made and the princess was forced to run away w...more
Tracy St.
Princess Furball, at least in my opinion, doesn’t contain many of the same elements that the other fairy tales I read did. One of the biggest differences that I noticed, was that this story doesn’t have a set lesson or moral to it like many of the other fairy tales that I read did. On the other hand, this story did have a princess as a main character, a king as her “rescuer”, and many of the story’s elements occurred in sets of three. As far as using this story in a classroom, I can imagine that...more
Hope
This is a variant of Cinderella, that I think the students would really enjoy. It is very engaging and keeps you wondering about what will happen next. You cheer for the princess to not have to marry the ogre, and hope that the king will not be able meet her needs. When the king does meet the needs of the princess she runs off prior to her marriage. After she ran off into the woods she meets a king in the woods, who thinks she's an interesting character because she was wearing a coat of 1,000 fu...more
Annalise Michael
Princess Furball is the story about a princess that lived a very hard life, until she eventually lived happily ever after. Her mother died when she was young, and her father was a bus king. When her mother died the nurse became a mother figure in her life. One sad day the nurse died and princess furball felt very alone. Her father arranged a marriage for her, and she did not want to marry an ogre. Because of this she gave her father high demands, and he surprising met them. She ran away, and eve...more
Connie Strong
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Leslie Bardo
Princess Furball is a fictitious, Victorian-era book that is a variant of the classic Cinderella story. It is about a young girl who lives in a faraway land with her father, the King. Upon hearing the news of an arranged married to an ogre, she decides to flee her father's kingdom. Before leaving, she requests "wedding gifts" from the King which are a gold ring, a gold spinning wheel, three dresses, and a coat made out of 1000 animals. As she walks through the forests, she disguises herself with...more
Chelsea Gail Smith
Princess Furball by Charlotte Huck and illustrated by Anita Lobel is a story about a courageous princess who uses her clever wits rather then magic. The story is a twist from the fairy tale Cinderella. The story is about a princess whose father offers to marry her off to an ogre for 50 wagons of silver. She refuses and decides to run away. When she runs away she is captured by a kind and his men. She is in a fur blanket so all the men call her furball and throw her to the kitchen. When she hears...more
Michaela Zavala
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Stacy
This story I think would have to be one of the oddest versions of Cinderella that I have read yet the Grimm version would probably come second. According to what the author wrote this one is close to the past versions of this story then the other ones. The story is done in portrait style with watercolor and gouache paints for the pictures, the words of the story are typed up in a ITC Berkeley font. The story starts off before the title page even shows up, the first picture is off a funeral. Thou...more
Scott Pagel
I loved this variant of Cinderella. It was completely new to me. When the king arranges for his daughter to be married to an ogre, the princess is not pleased and strikes a deal with her father. She will marry the ogre but only after the king presents her with 3 dresses and a fur coat made to her exact specifications. She thinks her specifications will make the bridal gifts impossible to acquire but the king puts his entire realm to work on the gifts and the shocked princess chooses to take the...more
Celestine
This is a cute story, and I can see the inspirations of the Cinderella fairy-tale woven in. The illustrations in the book are wonderful, and it's really good bedtime story fare. Some aspects of the story are never fully explained, however, and if I had read this book as a kid, I would've questioned certain parts of the story. But I've never really been a fairy-tale lover, especially if there's no monster/villain to fight against.
J-Lynn
One of the hudreds of variations of the Cinderella tale, this is an interesting look at Princess-turned servant-turned princess. The beginning of the story has a mean king who looks at his smart, educated daughter as a possession to be traded. After she runs away, she is forced to be a servant to servants in another kingdom. She gets the name "furball" because she always wears a coat make of the hair of 1000 different animals. She plots to win the prince who decides he loves her because "she is...more
Stephanie
I enjoyed this retelling of Cinderella for it's lack of an evil stepmother. As a stepmother, who is not evil most of the time, I'm having a hard time sharing my love of fairy tales with the kids without having to say "I'm glad your stepmother isn't like that". It's a cute story but it is lacking a moral.
Bajen
Princess furball is a children's liteture book written by Charlotte Huck and Anita Lobel. This is a book of folk tale stories that could be read to preschool and elementary school children.It is a good story that could develop the children's imagination on what comes next.The story begins sad the princess whole life from the beginning was a series of hard episodes.princess Furball is the main plot of the story.
The story begins sad and ends well.
I like the book because it is easy and interesting...more
Eric Summers
This book is another version of the story we all know as "Cinderella". This version is a bit confusing, especially for children who are familiar with the Disney version. In the most well known version, Cinderella CAN'T reveal her identity. In this version, she CHOOSES to hide herself from the prince and continue working as a scullery maid for no reason ever explained in the text.

Additionally, the whole process of putting the ring, the thimble, and a spinning wheel(!) in the prince's soup is goin...more
RLL52013_Kaitlin Larson
Princess Furball is a traditional tale of Cinderella but with a twist. Like the typical Cinderella tale, there is a young princess who is motherless. Her father, the king, decides to marry her off to an ogre in exchange for 50 wagons full of silver. The princess is married against her desires but comes up with a plan to escape the ogre. In the end she gets married to a man that she wants to instead of someone her father picks for her. It would offer a great compare and contrast opportunity since...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
This was an all-time favorite in my childhood. Now, I can definitely see some plot holes, but it's a children's book, and it is magical. I wish I knew more about how the princess accomplished the things she did, but this is a lovely cinderella retelling.
Stephanie
This is a Cinderella who starts out as a princess, runs away from an arranged marriage to an ogre, ends up a "servant to the servants" in another castle, and charms the young prince with her beautiful dresses and tasty soups. The painted illustrations offer a wordless prequel, showing a funeral and a mourning young girl. The "furball" in the title refers to the princess' coat of many furs. The author's note does not provide much information on the specific variant, merely noting that it differs...more
Connie
This is a fairy tale of the type "Persecuted Heroine". Now, of course, the most popular fairy tale of that type is Cinderella, but to call this story a variation on Cinderella is like calling English a variation on Dutch! They have the same theme, maybe even the same origin, but one is not a version of the other.

In this story, the girl isn't persecuted at home, she runs from it to avoid a bad marriage. She isn't saved by her fairy godmother, but by her cleverness and good home cooking. And nobod...more
Dolly
Mar 02, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We watched this story on DVD as part of Scholastic's Storybook Treasures. The story is not truly animated, but the illustrations are shown with various zooming techniques throughout as it is narrated by Alice Krige, with music by Neal Hellman and Joe Weed. It's an interesting variant of the Cinderella story and we really enjoyed watching it together.
Mckinley
Seemed like part of the story was missing. It's not a good version of the fairytale. So while the illustrations were good, I'm giving this only 1 star.
Jukka
Jun 11, 2011 Jukka added it
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Princess Furball - Charlotte S. Huck

Huck re-tells Cat-Skin from the Grimm's Fairytales, removing the consideration of incest, and tweaking parts, while keeping pretty close to the original. The tweaking unfortunately also makes the story less animal friendly, at least compared to the Grimm's version i read.

The illustration by Anita Lobel are really good too, in fact one of them shows a resemblence between a portrait and a story character that implies the incest part of the original story.

This go...more
Heather B.
Princess Furball is based off the a couple Cinderella tales. The Princess Furball was a princess, but her father wanted to marry her off to an Ogre. She ran away with three beautiful dresses and three items that belong to her mother. A King from another kingdom found her and had her work as a servant in the Kings kitchen. This variation of Cinderella is different in that this Cinderella character is clever and smart. I loved this book when I was growing up and I still enjoy it today. I would rec...more
Art
Made me think of "The Tale of Despereaux."
Very bright young lady.
Madison C
it was kinda intresting
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