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The Frog Princess

(The Tales of the Frog Princess #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  26,259 ratings  ·  1,292 reviews
Princess Emeralda a.ka. Emma isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey's bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might retu ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published September 2nd 2002)
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Cristina Monica
3.5 stars. This is the book that inspired the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Isn't that delightful? It was very sweet and pretty entertaining. The plot so-so but the characters were charming, original and had fun interactions with one another, especially Emma and the frog prince. Will be continuing with the series soon.
We've heard it before: A princess kisses a frog, and it turns into a handsome prince. But what if, instead, she turns into a frog?

Spoiler Alert...

...that's what happens! So now Emma and Eadric are both amphibians -- although, of course, they retain all of their moral principles and do not perform that act of which frogs are more fond than anything apart from croaking and eating flies. What follows is a fascinating tale, as they seek to turn back into humans again.

“The Frog Princess” has all th
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: pub-2002
I like children's books and I am not even going to invent an excuse for reading this one. I read it because I wanted to. There.

I read it because I wanted to read a story about a princess who kisses a frog. Things went slighlty wrong and the frog prince didn't turn into a human prince, instead the princess turn into a frog.

And then they have a lot of adventures and epiphanies.

I liked how the frog prince was bent on saving and protecting the princess but somehow was always either asleep or not aro
Sam! at the bookstore
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Princess and the Frog
Rating: 5 stars!

The Frog Princess is one of those books that I read at the library during my childhood just because I found it, loved, and then picked up every other book by the author. High recommendation for middle/elementary schoolers who love witty fantasy books! :)

Reread: June 2020

Now I know why I love The Princess and the Frog so much - it’s (very very loosely) based off this book! I adored this book as a kid, and I still love it to this day! There’s witches, curses, kisses, and the whole
Ross Blocher
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun, witty spin on the traditional princess-kisses-frog fairy tale. I had long been curious about this book, as it provided inspiration for The Princess and the Frog, a Disney Animation film that I worked on (and which holds a special place in my heart). Early in development, the animated film went by the same title as the book. This version is not set in New Orleans; rather, it exists in a generic, timeless medieval land with kings and castles and moats and witches who actually perform magic ...more

this was my favorite series in late elementary school, so when the new editions were put on book outlet i couldn't pass up. i'm so glad that i genuinely enjoyed this book the second time around, instead of being irritated/bored/embarrassed i ever liked it. this book is cute and smart and fun, and such a unique and more girl-powery twist on a traditional fairytale. i'm very glad i read these books in elementary school, though i'm not sure if i want to reread the rest of the series. (it is st
May 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
This book has a great idea behind it. It's a shame that the writing is so clumsy, and that its characters range from blah to toxically unlikeable. This, I'd have to blame on the stilted, impressively awful dialogue.

I find it mystifying that some people have said that the vocabulary seems "above" or "beyond" the target audience. Maybe I'm a genius of vocabulary or something, but I thought that it was below the level of other books such as Redwall or even Fablehaven. Nothing against those people w
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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N.N. Light
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A twist on the classic Frog Prince fairy tale. I had slight issues with the weirdness going on in The Frog Princess. I think the author took the humor a little too far.

My Rating: 3 stars
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
The Frog Princess is one of my sister’s favourite comfort-reads, so it was the first thing she thought to recommend when I had a reading challenge prompt to read something recommended by a family member. It takes a generic medieval-ish setting (castles, royalty, witches), and the usual Frog Prince story, and gives it a little twist to complicate it. If you’ve seen Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, you know the basic twist — apparently, the film was somewhat based on this book, though my sister ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Would it surprise you if I told you that I read this just because I felt like it? No? Good. That means you know my reading style well! I love Middle Grade, I love fairy tales, and I can't resist anything that has a princess involved, so this book was something perfect for a quick read.

I loved the fact that Princess Emeralda was a "I can do it myself" kind of girl, and that situations allowed her to do just that. I also very much appreciated the adorable twist that E.D. Baker put on the whole fro
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ages: 12-100+

Princess Emma would do nearly anything to get out of meeting with the pompous Prince Jorge. So when he comes for a visit, she hides out in the swamp and meets a frog that promises he's really a prince. Emma eventually agrees to kiss him so that he can regain his true form. Neither of them were prepared for her to turn into a frog instead. Emma soon learns that a frog's life, while it has its own rewards, is one fraught with danger. Outsmarting a witch that wants their toes and tongu
Meg McGregor
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-i-love
The Frog Princess is the first in a series of eight books! I have read this at least three times and just finished the fourth read!

You know, it was better than all the other times I have read this book!

In this story, Princess Emma goes into the swamp by her castle because she loves to explore it! The day the story begins, she is there as a way of avoiding her suitor, Prince Jorge (whom she absolutely deplores)! Little does she know that she will meet the love, I mean... the frog .... of her drea
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: happy-ever-after
I love fairy tales with a twist, and this one satisfied that taste. :)

Emma is a unique kind of princess, and one I found endearing and (hallelujah) relatable! She was human!. The plot had a few holes, and sometimes things moved a bit fast, but not enough to detract. The characters development in their relationship was a bit spotty at times, and I felt the prince didn't get enough time to show his better side-(I could still be comparing this couple to Annie and Liam from the author's other seri
Listened to this expanded fairy tale in the car on a road trip with the grandkids (girl and boy aged 9 & 11), and it was enjoyed by all. First of a series, 5 1/2 hrs long in audio form. ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
My second read. It's fun. It's not deep, and it's clear that the author didn't have a lot of experience, but it just makes me smile.
Megan Reilly
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
A few days ago,I finshed reading an incredible story called, The Frog Princess. The book by E.D. Baker takes place in an enchanted kingdom. Emma, the main character, kisses a frog who claims he is a prince, his name was Eadric. There were many bumps along the way for Emma and Eadric. For example, Emma kissed Eadric and turned herself into a frog! In order to turn the both of them back they needed to find the witch who put the spell on Eadric. They also met many new friends like Li'l Stinker, a b ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Princess Emma believes she is the worst princess and witch in all of Greater Greensward, and when she is told she has to marry a shellfish prince she runs of into a swamp only to find a frog who claims he is a prince and a kiss from her would turn him human again. But after a kiss from the prince she turns into a frog. So they go off on an adventure to turn human again!They make Eadric look like a pig in some parts yet in other parts he's sweet as can be. I recommend this book to girls who are ...more
Sonja P.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This would be perfect for a younger reader. Its a fun take on a traditional fairy tale, and Baker has a fun sense of humor. It would definitely be great for 8 years up and older, as the tone is pretty innocent. I would also recommend it to people who are fans of Ella Enchanted, where the fairy tale is turned on its head in a way that makes the girl more active in the story.

I think I hit this one a little late, which is why its three stars for me, but I would definitely give it to a younger reade
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute read and it brought me back to days where romance was actually readable. Love stories doesn't have to involve the guy leaving you because he fears for you, nor the fact that you are a loser that gets swept off your feet by your handsome, "mysterious" lover. That's cheesy.

When everything use to be simple and sweet, I actually enjoy the adventure-love stories, foe example this one.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was about Emma, a princess who's told to marry Prince Jorge which which she doesn't want to, so she runs away and kisses a frog who says he's Prince Eadric and Emma turns into a frog too. Both Emma and Eadric go through lots of stuff together and in the end everything goes alright. It made me feel happy that because everything went alright. I learned that u can do lots of stuff if you work together. I would recommend this book to everybody cause it's a fun book.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Isabel by: Sophia
I adored this series when I was very little -- around 2nd and 3rd grade. ;)
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
read in 2003 - random pick up at book fair - better review to come

2 stars
Haley S
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very good series for all girls! I LOVED it!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Tales of the Frog Princess series. I borrowed this audiobook through Audible Escapes.

Audiobook Quality (4/5): The audiobook was decently done, no complaints. The narrator was easy to listen to and did character voices well.

Story (3/5): This is a very simple story intended for a younger audience, I did not enjoy it much, it was just too simple for me. It's a typical fairy tale with a bit of a twist. The plot is very basic and it is written at a lo
Katy Noyes
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great example of a fresh fairy tale, funny and charming characters

I haven't tried any E. D. Baker before, though I've seen lots of these books in the library. I finally tried this on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the easy listen. It's not one I think my son (aged 6) will enjoy, being, not only about a princess, but about (eurgh!) kissing, getting married, and boy-girl relationships.

Emerelda (Emma) is the princess of the title, who does NOT want to get married as her mother expects, or become
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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Andrea Way
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
OMG this was so cute. I loved the Disney movie The Princess and The Frog, so when I saw this I had to give it a go. I enjoyed reading the tale of Princess Emeralda or better known as Emma. Emma who is not your typical princess and who is always clumsy. One day she is told that she is now engaged to a prince that loves himself more than he loves others. Not wishing to marry a vain prince Emma decides run away to her favourite place by the swamp. In the swamp she meets a talking toad. This toad cl ...more
Rebecca Ray
My ten year old daughter loves the books in this series and suggested that I read them, so I began reading the first one. . . My thoughts for the first 100 pages were mostly that I was getting too old to enjoy this kind of fiction. Then, the story improved and I ended up enjoying it. Emalee has already asked me to read the next one so we "can talk about it." :-)
Loretta Marchize
I read this series at the library a few years back and I LOVED it! The Frog Princess is an amazing book. You fall right in love with the main characters, Emma and Eadric. The book left me wanting more- and there is more!
I would defiantly recommend this book- in fact, if you are reading this you probably are considering this book or are my friend- so read it!
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E.D. 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 Frog Princess inspired the Disney's Princess and the Frog!

E. D. Baker was born in Buffalo, New York and spent most of the next eighteen years in the Town of Tonaw

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