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The Princess Tales, Volume II (The Princess Tales #4-6)

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In a land far, far away . . .

A boy with magical powers to win Princess Charming's heart. A fairy who likes turning humans into toads. A true love forbidden by the King.

A world of fairies and magic -- what could be more perfect than that? But is it perfect enough to help a simple farm boy marry a beautiful princess? And if an unruly fairy turns a maiden into a toad, how doe
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by HarperCollins (first published 2000)
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Aug 25, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
I love Gail Carson Levine! These stories are not deep, but they are cute and fun. These are maybe on a 2nd-4th grade level, but I sure enjoy them.
Nov 09, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
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This was a cute book too. I think I liked the stories here a little better than the first. It's a set of three stories again. The first is Cinderellis. His name was orignially Ellis until his brothers renamed him. Cinderellis likes to invent things, but his creations are all powders that when sprinkled on an object make it grow, shrink, fly, etc. Of course he uses his creations to win the contest for the Princess.

The second is a twist on the Frog Prince. This one is a girl nicknamed Parsley beca
Dec 30, 2012 Kereesa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children and their parents
A sweet little collection that can be read on on its own as easily as it can be read to kids, Levine's second volume of The Princess Tales provides a nice twist on three easily recognizable fairy tales. From gender swapping in Levine's version of Cinderella to the addition of frog magic in Rapunzel, Levine doesn't hesitate to play around with the traditional stories, while still being true to their core elements.

While not as charming as Ella Enchanted (though to be honest, nothing has ever quit
Leslie Lamb
Jan 23, 2014 Leslie Lamb rated it really liked it
Cinderellis is about a boy Cinderella who is always working and trying to please his brothers. Princess Marigold has no friends. Her father who is king always leaves her alone to go in another quest. To see who should marry his daughter, there is a contest to see which man can get their horse to climb the glass pyramid.

The second book is about Parsley, a girl who only eats Parsley. She gets in trouble from the fairy Bombina, Til she sees her beautiful smile. Parsley falls in love with Prince Tan
Sandra Strange
This book collects three fairy tale adaptations. The three tales are charmingly cute and gently humorous, with plucky (and selfish and humble and silly) protagonists trying to find suitable mates. Not exactly intellectually meaty, but with issues of gender that fit a modern teenage reader. Positive.
Jan 18, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed these lighthearted fairytale retellings by the author of Ella Enchanted.
All of them were a combination of a well know fairytail (Cinderella, Frog Prince/Rapunzel, and the Golden Goose) with a lesser know fairytail (Princess and the Glass Hill and two others I don't know the names of...)
Aug 18, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Daughter and I are reading these stories together. She's a 5th grader and hates reading long books. This is a nice collection of short stories in a bigger volume which looks he part of a long chapter book with the satisfaction of a quick read. The are easy fun summer reading to build her fluency and stamina.
Mar 28, 2011 Shauna rated it really liked it
I liked this set of three tales (Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, For Biddle's Sake, and the Fairy's Return) better than the first volume. Although the stories are still completely silly and mixed up fairy tales, Levine shows a defter and more mature hand in this batch. I especially enjoyed the story of Cinderellis.
Feb 13, 2008 Lavinia rated it liked it
Love these books. My daughter and I read "Ella Enchanted" together and I was so impressed that I looked up these other books by her. They are all very quirky books about giving fairy tale princess' their own voice. Great for all girls!
Aug 17, 2015 Bridget rated it really liked it
I love the gender-bending nature of these re-tellings, there's a bit of the old story, but a lot of the new. These ones in particular are designed for ages 5-7, but there aren't too many pictures, so they're good ones to read out loud.
Mar 20, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
This is the second collection of princess tales. The stories in it are quite entertaining also. There are interesting twists in these stories also. Cinderella isn't a girl, and his name is Cinderellis. I really liked this collection.
Apr 07, 2009 Riley rated it really liked it
Sweet, silly, enjoyable tales. Happy endings, magical peril and obsessions with vegetables. I love fairytales, and anyone who does will love these.
Dec 21, 2009 Marianne rated it it was amazing
These are fun little stories that twist the classic fairy tales just a bit. Fun reads especially for kids.
May 27, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
These books were great for a rainy day, when I needed a fantasy world to easily escape to for the day. I read each of them twice through...maybe thrice.
Apr 28, 2011 Nichole rated it really liked it
Gail Carson Levine made these well known stories very enjoyable. She added many twists!
I love these stories. Short, clever fairy tale retellings, they're great for kids just starting to read on their own, and younger kids who like listening.
Aug 23, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Reading these one right after another is like eating a fistful of peanut m&ms. It isn't good for me, but I'm sure enjoying it!
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Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Yo
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Other Books in the Series

The Princess Tales (6 books)
  • The Fairy's Mistake (The Princess Tales, #1)
  • The Princess Test (The Princess Tales, #2)
  • Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (The Princess Tales, #3)
  • Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (The Princess Tales, #4)
  • For Biddle's Sake (The Princess Tales, #5)
  • The Fairy's Return (The Princess Tales, #6)

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