- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140387064
- ISBN-13: 978-0140387063
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.5 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 45.4 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #868,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Happily Ever After Paperback – Feb 1 1999
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About the Author
Anna Quindlen, whose New York Times column won a 1992 Pulitzer Prize, is the author of the essay collections Thinking Out Loud and Living Out Loud; the bestselling novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue; and two children's books. The mother of three, she lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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The main character, a girl fond of baseball and not afraid of getting dirty, finds herself the princess of a fairytale. Naturally, there is a prince running about attempting to be heroic (and failing). The 'princess' ends up solving most of the problems on her own and rescuing herself rather than waiting around for the prince (or another hero) to help her.
Honestly, while I enjoy strong heroes, I found this one a bit too...feminist? And by that I mean that the prince is a stereo-type of the wimpy male who is both incompetent and cowardly. I don't think that a story needs to make men extremely weak in order to make the women look stronger.
But that's my only quibble (and it's a minor one). This would be a fun adventure story for girls!
Kate is in fourth grade and loves baseball. One day Aunt Mary gives her a baseball glove, but it is no ordinary glove. It is magical, and it will grant its wearer a wish.
Kate wishes to be a part of the fairy tale world as a princess, but when she finds that she needs rescue, there is only one person she can count on: herself! As a matter of fact, Kate would prefer the company of the dark witch of the forest that has just kidnapped her than the prince who left here there.
Quindlen tackles the fairytale world in a new way with a heroine who refuses to sit back and let the prince take all the credit for what she can do herself, even if that means slaying a dragon and escaping a witch and a troll, which was really not trouble at all.
This comical read is all about female empowerment, and it is done quite cleverly. I really enjoyed this story.