The Salamander Spell (Tales of the Frog Princess, #5)
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The Salamander Spell (The Tales of the Frog Princess #5)

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In this prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess, Grassina is a young princess-in-training. But as the younger sister to Princess Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much beyond behave herself. When a terrible spell stops her mother from being the good Green Witch, and the Kingdom of Greater Greensward seems to teeter on the brink of terror, Grassina sets off on an...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Apr 27, 2010 Paige added it
The Salamander Spell
By: E.D. Baker
Review By: Paige Tornow

The Frog Princess Series is back with another amazing story. Emma's aunt Grassina stars in the book, The Salamander Spell. Grassina is about fifteen years old, and is living in her sisters shadow...already. Her sister Chartreuce has it all. Looks, suitors, the kingdom, and even magic, or so it's thought. Life seems almost bearable for Grassina, until her parents have a fight. To make up for it. her father brings her mother a beautiful...more
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!! i like it sooooo much more than "the frog princess". idk y, i think mostly becuz i knew wut happened to Grassina next, i knew that she and Haywood worked hard to get a happy ending, and that they both had a hard life.(until Grassina was the green witch) and mostly cuz Haywood IS SOOOOO SWEETTTTTT!!! GRASSINA IS SOOOOOO LUCKY, and when they met, there was a spark; but when emma and edric met... no offense to edric but he was kinda a jerk. i didn't like it when Haywood and...more
Cute and interesting prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess. In this story, we read about Grassina and Chartreuse (Emma's aunt and mother) as they come of age. We see first-hand the transformation of Olivene into the wicked witch she is when the Tales of the Frog Princess first begin and the problems this causes for the kingdom. It was a nice change in perspective for the stories and I think Grassina was a good choice for the focus of the prequel. The one thing I was surprised to see was that...more
Sella Thorne
I think this is the best of the series yet!! Or at least, it's in the same rank as Once Upon a Curse!! I loved this one so much because it was unique and different from all the others. I loved how it went back before the first book, and took a look at Grassina's and Chartreuse's past. I never would have guessed that Chartreuse used to want to do magic; it seems really hard to believe that she hates it so much now! I love how the book showed how things came to be in the series of the Frog Princes...more
The book was okay. It was rather unnecessary, but I suppose it was fun seeing where the characters came from, and how they got to be what they were.The plot itself was sort of bland. Mostly it was just Grassina finding out something we already knew and its sort of frustrating that way. I just sort of wanted to shout "Your the Green Witch! Let's move on now." If there's anything I really liked about the book, it was the ending. The irony of their optimism and certainty was pretty great. So I thin...more
Green Lover
Books 1-4 are all about the same thing, but once it gets passed the fourth, the topic kind of changes.
It's still about the series, but it's not about what the other books were about.
I still liked it the same though!
Probably more of a 2.5.

But anyway, Its been about five years since I finished the original four Frog Princess books so I can't really compare them to this prequel. I remember I did like them, and I was expecting to like this too but I was disappointed. This book also pales in comparison to A Question of Magic, E.D. Baker's version of Baba Yaga that just came out.

I spent most of the book waiting for the story to begin. It felt like I was reading a perpetual introduction and I couldn't wait for t...more
I am re-reading this favourite series as a comfort measure. Still hormonally over-sensitive from the birth of my fifth child, I need to safe reassurance of the known.

I like the humour of this series. The Salamander Spell is the fifth book of The Tales of the Frog Princess series but chronologically preceeds the first book, The Frog Princess. After my first reading of the series, I felt that the books are best read in the publishing order and that is how I am re-reading them. However, 3/4 of the...more
Vanessa Mascarenas
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No, this is not a story about Princess Emeralda and Prince Eadric.

This new story, which is a prequel to THE TALES OF THE FROG PRINCESS, visits Princess Emeralda's a teenager!

Living in Greater Greensward with her mother, father, and sister, Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much. Chartreuse was first born, which means she will be both Queen and Green Witch. All Grassina is expected to do is to marry a prince.

When the King gives their...more
Anna Marie
This book is the prequel to a bunch of other books, but I never read them, and it read fine on it's own. For what it was. Which is a VERY young teen book. Maybe even a children's book.

Grassina is the second fiddle princess to her sister Chartruese, in the Kingdom of Greensward. Noticing a pattern, yet? Don't - that's pretty much as far as it goes. Except to say that Greensward has always been protected from mythological creatures by a good Green Witch: usually the first born of the girls in the...more
Mar 02, 2014 Joy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a prequel to the events in the series Tales of the Frog Princess.

Princess Chartreuse and Princess Grassina live with Queen Olivene and King Aldrid in Greater Greensward. The queen is trying to teach Chartreuse the ways of magic to prepare her for becoming the next queen and the Green Witch but she has yet to show any magic. There are also a bunch of suitor princes in the castle, vying to marry the two princesses. The family curse changes the queen into a mean hag, leaving the kingd...more
April Helms
Apr 20, 2008 April Helms rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: children, young adult
A prequel to Tales of the Frog Princess. Grassina, as the second oldest princess, is told she must content herself to her life as it is, while her older sister Chartreuse is trained to rule the kingdom. But when a curse turns their mother, The Green Witch, into a disagreeable hag, Grassina finds unexpected means and powers to help defend the kingdom from lurking threats. A charming book, and one I had no trouble following despite never had read any of the other books in the series. It's for pret...more
I was disappointed by this book. I enjoyed the other "Frog Princess" books. Although the writing was always just good and never great, it was fun, light reading with enough clever twists to keep me engaged.
This book was supposed to be the prequel to the Frog Princess series. Maybe I don't understand how prequels are supposed to work. But, I really felt like she had explained so much of what would happen in this story in her other books, that making this story into a whole book was pretty pointle...more
Now, I know everybodies gonna be like, "What! Why'd you give it only one star?!" The reason I gave it one star is because I, personally, was really disappointed in the story. At first I was really getting into the story and was enjoying it.......until it mentions werewolves. And then.....well, it kinda felt like a watered down Twilight for me. Minus the vampires. And I don't read Twilight, but I have a friend who was obsessed with the series, and I learned a lot from her. I also thought the roma...more
Grassina is tired of watching her older sister Chartuse try to do magic over and over again with no success and when her mother is turned into a hag by a curse, Grassina doesn't think it could get any worse. When Grassina's father dies, she runs off to live in a swamp and lives with a mystyrious boy, but when werewolves attack, who will defend the kingdom?

I liked that you could see Emma's ( The Frog Princess, Dragon's Breath, Once Upon a Curse, No Place For Magic,) aunt Grassina as a young gir...more
Taste Of
this book is a great romance comedy. usually i dont like to read but as soon as i opened this book i couldnt stop. this is by far MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!!!!!
MY favorite part was when grassina met haywood it was soooo cute. HAVE FUN READING
Rebecca Heywood
of course all seven of my books on hold come at the same time, but this was a very easy read. Read it in two nights. Would have been one, but I was tired. I like to have an easy read once in awhile. Besides the Salamander Spell not really being made known until near the end of the book, I really enjoyed the orginial and cute story. Though it had enough violence in it so make it not very cutesy. There is even a metaphor there with the salamander spell. There were some spots that seemed rushed and...more
Poet in the Dark
Things just seemed to happen randomly in this book, starting with when Grassina's mother turned into a hag. It was just completely out there, and the curse hadn't been mentioned prior to it happening (plus, it seemed like a really random curse) and it was never explained. Things happened for no reason. The title doesn't make a whole lot of sense because the spell concerning the salamander was just a small part of the story at the end. It also seemed like the author added stuff because she couldn...more
This is the most recent in a series of books called “The Tales of the Frog Princess”. Princess Grassina is living the easy life with her mother, father, and sister, Chartreuse. Being the younger sister, Grassina is not expected to do very much except stay out of trouble while her older sister is expected to inherit her mother’s magical powers and become the Queen and the Green Witch of Greater Greensward. To everyone’s horror, a terrible curse turns their mother from a good witch to a bad witch...more
Jul 23, 2011 $Am!3 rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to $Am!3 by: School librarian
Shelves: library-books
Hi!!!Ok. So this is the 5th book in the series. I first found out about this series because my school librarian recomended it to me. This book is a very good book. If you have read the series then you know that in this book they are going back in time (The first 4 books are based on Emma this one is based on her aunt Grassina when she was young). So in this book you are going to find out how she realized she had magic and later began the Green Witch of Greater Greensward. This is a series for an...more
This book goes back to Grassina's childhood and makes her the main character. It's thoroughly enjoyable and a fun read.

A prequel to the series.
Grassina: a young princess. 2nd daughter. Loves nature.
Chartreuse: older sister who will become queen and the Green Witch, though she hasn't shown any signs of magic.
Pippa: a talking, venomous snake who is Grassina's friend.
Haywood: a boy wizard who lives on the marsh island. Befriends Grassina when she runs away.
He uses his red salamander to light fires to rid enemy monsters.
A spell has overcome her mother who now is a crazy witch an no longer the Green Witch.
Dragons an...more
Dec 17, 2009 Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Emma and Eadric
Tales of the Frog Princess, book 5.

Prequel to The Frog Princess. Fans of the series will enjoy the background provided here--how Olivene became a hag, the relationship between Grassina and Chartreuse, and the way that Haywood and Grassina met and fell in love.

There are no new plot developments here. The book's purpose is simply to fill in the backstories of characters who appear in the series. Fans of the series will love it, but I would recommend starting with The Frog Princess and working int...more
Fantasy is a good escape from what you _should_ be doing - especially with the (slim) excuse of keeping track of what your child is reading.
E.D. Baker's creativity continues to take the fairy tale creatures and spin them out in a new, vibrant world. The family dramas and disagreements make this accessible, the adventures make it fun, and the romance is sweet. (The books have convinced by 8-year-old that romance in real life is gross, but romance in books is fun. A classmate she's had a "crush" o...more
I liked that this pre-dated the other books to show how Grassina became the Green Witch and how she met Haywood.
Darriana 10-11
All I have to say this is a awesome book. E.D Baker is the best author ever. He makes the book come a live like your in the story of Grassina becoming a witch. Any ways she is trying to save the kingdom she loves so much because her mother touch flowers. Which is the family curse(the mother does not believe it). So the mother goes crazy and just turns selfish.Some how Grassina have to figure out how to save the kingdom and herself. it so fast pace that I cannot tell you much so just read the ser...more
Originally reviewed - 5/21/08

Refurbished Fairy Tales are another one of my weaknesses, so I wasn't too surprised when I fell in love with The Frog Princess series. This story was great but I finished the book so quickly I was shocked when I realized that I was on the last chapter of the story. Like I said before, I liked reading Grassina's story. But I felt her adventure paled in comparison to that of her niece's adventures. I guess I expected more. But that's just me.
<3 so much
Fantasy Grade 5 (age 10)

I liked how well the story moved along and many of the ideas in the book. This is a really good suggestion for girls who like adventure stories; especially relating to princesses, castles, and spells.

I wish the male characters were more developed; like her father and especially the boy Haywood. He could be so much more in this story. While the sister character, Chartreuse, could have been a bit less in the story.

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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.

Elizabeth was born in Buffalo, New York and spent most of the next eighteen yea...more
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