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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Grade (March 25 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060280603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060280604
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #928,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Two novellas that are grounded in well-known tales and set in the magical kingdom of Biddle. The Fairy's Mistake is a play on "Toads and Diamonds," a story from Perrault about gifts given by a witch to two sisters, one kind and the other unkind. The Princess Test is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Illustrated with full-page pen-and-ink drawings, both retellings are delightfully lighthearted, with little doubt that good will ultimately triumph over evil. There is a rich use of language and spirited characters, especially the females. Although "The Princess Tales" lack the complexity of plot and fantastical invention found in Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997), they make a nice addition to the genre of novels based on and yet departing from traditional tales. Although their short length and sly humor would make the books appeal to reluctant readers, the difficult font makes it hard to recommend them to that audience.
Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PLB 0-06-028061-1 This hand-sized volume features delicate black-and-white line drawings that are very much in keeping with the tone of many fairy tales, but those familiar with Levine's Ella Enchanted will wisely expect, and be gratified by, the sly and unexpected foolery of this story and its companion, The Princess Test (0-06-028062-X; PLB 0-06-028063-8). In The Fairy's Mistake, Ethelinda is horrified to discover that her fairy blessing on the kind Rosella, that jewels fall from her mouth when she speaks, is being exploited by her greedy new husband, Prince Harold. Her curse on Rosella's sister, Myrtle, who drops slimy and creepy things from her mouth when she speaks, is also going awry; Myrtle uses this to get whatever she wants from people. The Princess Test takes on Lorelei's ability to feel a pea under 20 mattresses: this young thing is a great trial to her family as she is allergic to, or injures herself with, almost every household item she touches. Genuinely delightful and funny, both tales are set in the village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the Kingdom of Biddle, a place readers will want to visit again. (Fiction. 7-12) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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By A Customer on April 19 2004
Format: Hardcover
Do you have gems falling out of your mouth? Well Rosella does in The Fairy's Mistake! But here is the catch, her sister has nasty beetles, bugs & snakes coming from her mouth. Here is a fiction story by Gail Carson Levine if you like reading about Fiction stories & princesses you would loovvveeee this book.
While Rosella was out picking peas in the Village of Biddle her sister was at home singing and felt a funny feeling. Soon enough she had gems falling from her mouth. One day she was in her garden and Prince Harold asked her to marry him. They did and lived happy after. Unfortunately her sister Myrtle had started to get bugs falling out of her mouth and was mad at Rosella. Here are some books that are similar to this one. The Princess Test, Ella Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Banarre, The Wish, Princess Sonora & the Glass Hill, Fairy's Return, For Biddle Snake, Cinderella. I think the main idea is to teach the reader to not be greedy but be kind and thoughtful.
One strong point is that the Princess Tale Series all connects. A weak point is that there should have been some action in the end. I recommend this book to my friends & family. It is a great book but also a great series. How would you feel if you had gems falling out of your mouth every second you tried to talk!!
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Do you never read? I think that if you read "The Fairy's Mistake" you'll see reading in a whole new light. For all you people who do read it's also an amazing fantasy book. To find out the gist of the book read on.
In "The Fairy's Mistake" the Fairy Ethelinda rewards one of the Widow Pickering's daughters, Rosella so that whenever she speaks jewels come out. Her twin sister, Myrtle is punished so that whenever she talks slimy bugs, snakes, and spiders come out. When Rosella marries a greedy prince and Myrtle uses her voice to buy things they have to work together to make the prince listen.
I hope that you purchase (or read) this book because the plot and the authors writing style really drew me in. If you like fantasy books this book is a must-have. I hope that you have great sucess with this book. I know I did.
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By A Customer on April 5 1999
Format: Hardcover
It was just like the book the talking eggs. But I liked it. I liked the part when Myrtle plays the trick on the Prince Harold. I didn't like the way the people took advantage of rosella. she should have taken all her jewels back from prince Harold and given all the jewels to the poor people like she wanted instead of having the palace built. She should have taken charge of the situation! Inspite of how similar the story was to the talking eggs, I found it a fun, enjoyable read. Also, like in the book Ella Enchanted I felt empathy for the main character Rosella or Ella. With Ella you felt sorry for her how she always had to tell the truth, and with Rosella how people were using her for her jewels that came out of her mouth.
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By A Customer on June 6 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found this book much better than the Princess Test. I liked the way the plot was twisted so that the good character gets a punishment and the bad character gets a reward, and then everything works out. I didn't like the way Rosella never stood up for herself, she just let herself be bossed around, she didn't seem to have much of a briain until the end and then all of a sudden she starts standing up for herself, I didn't get how that transformation had occured. I still enjoyed the book and look forward to more books by Levine. Read this book if you have about an hour on your hands with nothing to do.
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With cute humour and plenty of magic,Levine tells the tale of 2 sisters,one nice,one selfish.A well-meaning fairy gives the nice sis a 'gift'....She will spew diamonds from her mouth every time she speaks.But this so-called blessing causes everyone to take advantage!The nasty sister is 'punished' by being enchanted to spew out insects every time she speaks(it's a good book,honestly.)But her punishment turns into something she enjoys as she uses it to her own advantage to terrorize others.It's actually not a gross book,My review is grosser than the book.It is a charming read as is The Princess Test.
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Rosella, in the village of Snettering-on-Snoakes, was fetching water one day ... and inadvertently gave the fairy Ethelinda a drink of water (as Ethelinda stood disguised as an old lady). As a reward for her good deed, Rosella received the gift of whenever she spoke, jewels fell out of her mouth. After her own run-in with Ethelinda, Rosella's mean twin Myrtle was cursed w/ having creepy crawlies come out of her mouth as she talked.
In the pages that follow, everyone, including Ethelinda, learns a valuable lesson.
An entertaining twist on an old fairy tale once again by Ms. Carson Levine
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By A Customer on Jan. 23 2003
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Rosella is a girl that has a twin sister named Myrtle who makes Rosella do all the work. One day while Rosella is getting some water, a fairy spots her and decides to tranform herself into an old woman. When Rosella saw her, she gave the woman some water to drink. When the fairy discovers the kindness of Rosella she decides to cast a spell on her. The spell makes jewels come out of Rosella's mouth when she talks. This spell soon creates a few conflits. I thought this was a great book because there are lots of funny parts and I was really surprised at the end.
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