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The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool by Margaret Gray
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Jun 20, 2012

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Rose is a princess in the kingdom of Couscous, where being the third-born of three princesses means that she will be destined for beauty and greatness... except that, to her royal parents' shock, she's been born quite ugly--really nothing to look at compared to her gorgeous older sisters, Asphalt and Concrete, so named in hopes that their younger sister would have outshone them both. When Prince Parsley comes to town searching for the loveliest girl in the land to marry, Rose can't help but beg her fairy godmother to make her beautiful. Being beautiful, however, isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially since Prince Parsley turns out to be a shallow bore, and Rose's friend Jasper the fool liked her better the way she was in the first place. Jasper endeavors to help Rose find a way to change back before she's forced to marry the awful prince. Although the story has some issues in equating beauty with shallowness, the author succeeds in creating a nonetheless charming tale of self-acceptance.

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