The Fairy's Mistake Hardcover – Mar 21 1999
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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.
From Kirkus Reviews
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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!!
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.
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
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004
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... Read morePublished on May 29 2003
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!Published on April 10 2003
Another in the fun and fanciful line of "The Princess Tales," this adaptation of the old tale "Diamonds and Toads" is more upbeat and cunning than the original but still stays true... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by Little Willow
This is a witty, short fairy tale by a great author. However, if you're looking for a full-length fairy tale, read Ella Enchanted or The Two Princesses of Bamarre. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001
My third grader has read every book in this series, plus the few independent books this author has read. The stories are witty and poignant, and beg to be read over and over. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001
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