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Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
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Apr 25, 10

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Awards and Recognitions: ALA Notable Books for Children – 2003

Christian, while looking through his telescope, notices a princess reading a book. Curiosity gets the better of him, so he sends her a “p-mail” with one of his foster-father’s pigeons to ask her what book it is. He and Princess Marigold strike up a correspondence through the pigeons; they share book discussions, bad jokes, and a promise of friendship. As in many fairy tales, this princess has a curse –she can sense the thoughts of anyone who touches her. As a result, she spent most of her life deprived of touch from all but her kindly, somewhat fuzzy-headed father. Christian must find a way to save Marigold from marriage to unsuitable suitors and a wicked queen plotting to kill her, all while proving himself worthy of marrying her himself. This modern fairy tale shows that at the heart of every good romance is a strong friendship.

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