An excellent and engaging tale of a young princess who must journey to save her royal father when all others in the kingdom have already given up hope. A couple of the scenes may be too intense for kids below seven to read by themselves. The excellent illustrations are not as potentially frightening as the prose, so if you tell the story right, you can read it to even children younger than seven.
It stands up to being reread repeatedly.
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(Of course there is a very sweet and happy ending. A refreshing book all around, even for adults.)