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I don't read many children's books, but I was drawn to this one by its very beautiful cover which was actually the work of the author The other illustrations in this edition were pleasant enough done by Faith Jaques.Princess Amethyst was expected to be given the same princessy gifts by the fairy godmothers as her six elder elder sisters and she did indeed receive charm and wit and grace and courage But then Crustacea, the most important fairy godmother arrived Crustacea was in A Very Bad Mood She gave Amethyst the gift of ordinariness Amy (as she is nicknamed) proves ordinariness doesn't mean dull and she shows her real gifts are the ones she finds within herself part of Amy's charm is that she isn't looking for gifts or repining that she doesn't have them.My Puffin edition gives a recommended readers' age of 911 I'm not fond of recommended reading ages at the best of times think this book in the 21st century will findenthusiastic fans in the 79 group or even younger if it is being read to them.Really enjoyable subtly feminist. [9/10] Long and long ago, when Oberon was king of the fairies, there reigned over the fair country of Phantasmorania a monarch who had six beautiful daughters.They were in every way all that real princesses should be, for their hair was as yellow as the gold that is mined by the little gnomes in the mountains of the north, their eyes were as blue as the larkspurs in the palace gardens, and they had complexions like wild rose petals and cream This is not their story! Barbie clones with perfect hair and improbably slim waists are frankly boring M M Kaye came to the same conclusion after rereading some of her favorite classic children stories and set out to tell us about their seventh sister, Her Serene and Royal Highness the Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne of Phantasmorania, also known as Amy Due to a slight misunderstanding and scheduling conflict at her christening, the last fairy godmother to bless her (the slightly cranky and unpredictable Crustacea) gave her the gift of Ordinariness, to the dismay of her royal parents and court attendants The story of Amy who may be not beautiful, but nevertheless enjoys her ordinary life, often evading from her luxurious chambers in a high tower to play in the forest where she makes friends with a raven, a squirell and some children from the village, is not only educational but also funny and charming, told in a simple language that pays homage to the classics (references to Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are quite obvious) while including enough modern and subversive elements to attract the children of the atomic age True, the splendid jewels and brocades of the kings and princes and barons were quite out of place on her homely little person, but the fairy gifts had been very useful, for though she was ordinary, she possessed health, wit, courage, charm, and cheerfulness But because she was not beautiful, no one ever seemed to notice these other qualities, which is so often the way of the world Shying away from arrangements to get her married, and fearing to be a burden to her parents, Amy runs away from home, wandering through the forests in the company of her raven and squirell, until the real world with its material concerns intrudes: And now, said the Ordinary Princess, I would like some advice, Godmama What do ordinary people do when their clothes wear out and they haven’t any ? Buy some new ones, child But I haven’t any money Then earn some Go to work, said the old lady Oh, work, said the Ordinary Princess thoughtfully, I’m not sure I should like that Neither do most ordinary people – but they have to, said the old fairy What sort of work? And where? Great barnacles! exclaimed Crustacea, how should I know? Use your own head, child Think for yourself So Amy hires herself as the seventeenth kitchen maid in the kitchens of a neighboring kingdom, where her natural cheerfulness takes in stride backbreaking drudgery work for long hours and little pay with a song in her heart By this time, most readers will be thoroughly enchanted with Amy, and will not mind the predictable turn of events when a similarly ordinary boy meets Amy and takes her off for weekend walks and picnics to her beloved forest (one of his names is Algernon, just like my avatar here) So the ending of this fairytale is less revolutionary than its beginning, but you’d have to be a real Grinch to grumble about it Lavender’s blueRosemary’s greenWhen you are KingI shall be Queen I wasn’t really surprised that M M Kaye could write such a funny and enchanting fairytale, after all her bestseller The Far Pavilions is just another kind of fairytale written for grown ups with beautiful Indian princesses, dashing British officers and opulent maharaj courts where wars and greed and prejudice cannot stand in the way of true love What really surprised me was how good Kaye is as an illustrator, an aspect of her talent I was unaware of All the images in the story are drawn by the author, and they are just as fun and charming as the text.Recommended for reading to children and grandchildren, For if a time ever comes when children turn up their noses at such things as fairy tales and Father Christmas and Halloween, the world will be a lot duller – and not nearly such a nice place to live in ! Violets are blue,Rosemary's green,When I am King,You shall be QueenThis was my absolute favorite book when I was a young girl Amy, a smart, plucky, decidedly NOT classically beautiful princess, is given at birth the magical gift of being ordinary Years later, Amy reaches marriageable age Since she isn't beautiful and vapid, her parents are quite worried whether any prince will have her, and there's some rash talk of giving her as the prize in a dragonslaying challenge She doesn't like this idea, and so she steals away in the night To make ends meet, she works as a scullery maid in the kitchens of another kingdom After a big occasion, she sneaks down to the kitchens to get some leftovers for her woodland friends (a squirrel and a raven) and meets Percy, a manofallwork They become friends and build a cottage in the woods Unbeknownst to Amy, Percy is the prince of the kingdomjust as he has no idea that she is a runaway princess whose family is looking high and low for her.Secret identities are revealed, Amy returns home, and Percy flabbergasts her family by showing up and asking for her hand in marriage A great moral story for girls that shows that you can be yourself and be happy, and that it's okay not to look perfect. This was one of my favorite books as a child I recently reread it in a fit of nostalgia I was disappointed that the fantastic 1986 cover has been replaced by some hot mess picture of an elven girl in a green dress What happened to the 80's princess with freckles, frizzy brown hair, and a ridiculously ornate purple dress? Reading the book as an adult, I was so relieved to read an earnest fairy tale for once So many fairy tale princess books on the market are hideous, smarmy, winkwink tales that blend modern humor with the fairy tale world, while practically screaming to the reader, Look how clever and fresh I am! I'm so witty that I'm appealing to both adults and children! I'm soaking in irony! Wowee! I don't care if Ella Enchanted won a Newbery Honor, it's so ironic and proud of itself that it's slimy I actually gagged in parts The Ordinary Princess has plenty of humor, but Kaye takes her world and her characters seriously enough that she makes you laugh with them, not at them And thank god for an inventive fairy tale story that takes itself seriously while turning fairy tale conventions upside down Amy is a strong heroine that everyone can love She runs away to the woods and then applies for a job by herself it's every kid's dream to be able to escape the stifling castle and be completely selfreliant, WHILE LIVING IN THE WOODS AND BEING AWESOME Yay for The Ordinary Princess! Yay for Princess Amy! Lavender's Blue dilly dilly ( Download Pdf ) ☥ The Ordinary Princess ♌ Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestriesor become a Queen When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and, because she's so ordinary, easily becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace And theremuch to everyone's surpriseshe meets a prince just as ordinary and special as she is!This delightful fairy tale is sure to please young romanticsNeither Kaye's princess nor her book should be considered ordinary School Library Journal October 2019 Reread:I have still never read a book that'sdelightful, lively, sweet, warm, bright, joyful, and heartwarming than this one It's charming in every way, in the truest sense of the word It's also whimsical and witty It never fails to put a huge smile on my face, make me laugh, and fill my heart to bursting with warm and wonderful things.I keep reading this darling novella again and again, and it will never get old This month's reread was my second in less than six months I can't believe I've only read it four times, and only read it for the first time three years ago It feels like it's been part of my heart for my whole life I waited too long to read it for the first time, even after I heard about it late, when I was a teenager Don't wait to pick it up, like I did!I shall try to sum up the basic premise, but every time I've tried to capture this lovely book in the past (including very recently), my words have failed to do it justice I also tried not to spoil anything in my first review, but there will be basic spoilers in the next paragraph.This is the tale of a young princess who's too ordinary in every way to appeal to any suitors Her parents love her dearly, but they're horrified at the disgrace of a princess failing to marry But the Ordinary Princess decides she's much happier living an ordinary, independent life, and she firmly resolves to never marry at allthough she's genuinely forced to run away to ensure that Forging her own path, she finds adventure, friendship, and a life of her own making And, unexpectedly, she meets a friend who's as ordinary as herself The Ordinary Princess herself is a wonderful and endearing protagonist I love her cleverness, resourcefulness, mischievous spirit, and determination And I love each of her friends, especially a certain young man! I love their friendship and the way they relate to each other and have loads of fun togetherit's so sweet! It's so obvious that they truly care about each other and want the best for each other.I love everything else about the book too! My original review below sums up a few of those things.This is a fairy tale, it's truebut it’s not a retelling of a traditional fairy tale, even though it pays homage to them and pokes fun at them Rather, it's an original fairy tale made up by the authorshe purposefully included some aspects of original tales and contradicted others, such as making her princess ordinary instead of willowy and blonde This tale does feature at least one fairybut not the type of fairy you’d expect And there is a titular princessbut as the title suggests, the princess is not the usual type of princess, either.This was published as a children's book, but it has just as much to offer for adults It can truly be enjoyed just as much by teens, adults, or anyone of any age Some aspects of the book are targetedat older people, such as the humor and (view spoiler)[romance (hide spoiler)] Mind you folks that this is straight up fairytale released in the 80's , and the target demographic are tweens, so the writing isclassic children's book than YA I love this precious book nonetheless This is a story of Princess Amy of Phantasmorania, who has mousy brown hair and a freckled nose, because she was gifted with ordinariness at birth (obviously,her fairy godmother was drunk) (view spoiler)[When she reaches marriageable age, her parents despair because who would want to marry an ordinary looking princess (*rolls eyes*), so they do something desperate which Amy disagrees with so she runs away Long story short, she runs away , meets an ordinary guy They fall in love, identities revealed and they live happily ever after (hide spoiler)] From the authors note at the very beginning I was pulled into the most deliciously whimsical book Five gloriously, shining stars for this amazing book (bumped it up one)– it is one of the sweetest stories I have read in a long time with a beautiful style, delightful characters, and a sweet and funny message The beautiful and amazing illustrations are also absolutely charming This was the perfect bedtime reading so soothingly and fun What a joy fairy tales are! What a sadly overlooked and underrated slice of goodness I can't wait to buy my own copy this is a book to be petted, cherished and share. Here's a short and sweet little story! Some people just never learn But does anyone listen to the King when he warns them about inviting fairy godmothers to baby christenings? You may have forgotten what happened to my greatgreatgreatgrandmother, but I have not Had to sleep for a hundred years, poor girl, and the entire court with her, and all because of some silly fairybusiness at the christening.The Queen assures him, though, that they have not left off or forgotten a single fairy on the invitation list What could go wrong? And then Fairy Crustacea arrives and her gift brings utter dismay to the King and Queen! Their child is to be ordinary?? A sweet tale with memorable characters that will nicely satisfy that craving for a fun, fairytale story!Ages: 6 14**Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! 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This is sort of a rare thing these days, in that it's a romance for children Princess Amy's age is never talked about, but the entire book she's trying to dodge a horrible arranged marriage, and falls in love on her own Sweet and charming, and I'd forgotten what a hilarious satire it is of classic fairy tales.