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The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
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Sep 21, 2010

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Read from September 21 to 25, 2010

I love fairy tales and I love rewritten fairy tales - updated for the modern reader, if you will. There are a few writers who have really nailed this genre and its always fun to find a new one. Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite fairy tales and I was pleasantly surprised to see the twist of this story: the princess still falls asleep but has a sister who doesn't. Where will this take us? I don't know. I can't wait to read more!
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So its finished and I was a little disappointed. I really did enjoy the twists of this fairy tale and I think the author did a good job of reinventing some classic fairy tales. My disappointment lies in some of the content of the book. It wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting. First of all, this book seems geared to a younger audience, middle-grade readers. The language and the content shows that so I wasn't expecting all the talk of love that was in the story. Granted this is a fairy tale and that's what fairy tales are made of, and while the "love" is very sweet and really seen more from a childish perspective, it annoys me. With so much "love" coming at children from all quarters, why can't a fairy tale ignore it. Why does the princess even have to be falling in love and wanting to hold a boy's hand, etc. And while this princess is wily and tough and not your typical princess, she still has a very girly attitude. Perhaps I'm being overly critical here because there is nothing wrong with the story and certainly compared to the love stories out there, this is one I would much rather have my daughters read. Still, a little less emphasis on love for girls who are only 10 or 12 would be nice.
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