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The Fairy's Mistake [Hardcover]

Gail C Levine
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March 25 1999 Princess Tales
Gail Carson Levine charmed the world with Ella Enchanted, her spirited retelling of the Cinderella story. Now this award-winning author turns her attention to two more classic fairy tales, and deftly turns them upside down and inside out with her trademark wit and hilarity.

In The Fairy's Mistake, two very different sisters have two very different encounters with the fairy Ethelinda. Rosella is kind and helpful. Her reward: Jewels and gems tumble out of her mouth whenever she speaks. Myrtle is rude and spiteful. Her punishment: Bugs and vipers slither out of her mouth. The fairy Ethelinda feels she's meted out justice just right--until she discovers Rosella has been locked up by a greedy prince and Myrtle is having the time of her life!

In The Princess Test, King Humphrey has decided it's time for his son, Prince Nicholas, to marry. But he must make sure the bride is a real princess. So he devises a series of princess tests, designed to weed out the phonies and the fakes. Meanwhile, Nicholas has fallen in love with Lorelei, a mere blacksmith's daughter. She's no princess, but he wants to marry her all the same--but how will she ever pass the terrible tests?

In these first two delightfully entertaining, laugh-out-loud Princess Tales, Gail Levine gently spoofs the notion that fairies are always right and that tests can ever prove a person's worth, but holds fast to the notion that true love will always win in the end.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny June 7 2004
I thought that this book had some pretty funny parts in it! This is such a good book for young readers. It's easy to read and easy to understand. I recommend this book to people who love the story Toads and Diamonds, young readers, and to people who love to read interesting stories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bugs to gem what would you choose ? April 19 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book! Jan. 26 2004
From the opening line of once upon a time to the closing happily ever after, this book enchanted me with its hilarious take on the classic tale. Charmingly written, this book is for all ages. "The Fairy's Mistake" can be read in one sitting, since it is fairly short and easy reading. Any reader who enjoys traditional fairy tales should definetly read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Not a Mistake Aug. 6 2003
By Linda
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Hot to Trot, or Not so Hot? May 29 2003
By A Customer
Gail Carson has outdone herself in her previous books including Ella Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and Dave at night, however I believe that writing these fairy tale books falls a little short of outdone. The characters are extremely two-dimentional when obviously the plot could have easily been thickened, and more of a personality could have been added to Rosella, Pickering, Myrtle, and even Prince Harold. As her previous work shows, she is capable of more and better. I found it too easy and a tad too boring. Please pick it up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars between 4 and 5 stars April 10 2003
By A Customer
This was a great story, but it was a little to easy. I finished it in like no time at all. But as far as what the book was about, I'd give it 5 stars!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad way to spend an afternoon... Feb. 18 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fairy's Mistake Jan. 24 2003
By A Customer
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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