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The Ordinary Princess

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

A light fairy-tale retelling with some minor twists.  The fairy who arrives late at the christening of the seventh princess gives her Ordinariness.  She promptly demonstrates it by screaming like a tired baby surrounded by a lot of noise.

Her looks immediately start to change to a rather ordinary and freckled appearance.  Not exactly hindered by her discovery that she could climb down the wisteria and frolic in the Forest of Faraway with the wild animals while her sisters played catch with a golden ball in the garden.

But when all her older sisters have been married off, and princes start to arrive in the delusion that the youngest princess must be the prettiest and leave promptly, things start to get desperate.

It involves the thought of hiring a dragon, advice from a fairy godmother, a squirrel and a raven, a man-of-all-work at a castle, insisting on a half-day off, a necklace of acorn caps, eating ice cream after festivities, a queen who wants to marry her daughter to her nephew, exchanging clothes with a common girl, washing dishes and much more.
Tags: children's books, fiction reviews: children's fantasy, fiction reviews: fairy tale based
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