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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Series: Tales of the Frog Princess
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582346666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582346663
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7-Quests, tests, hearts won and broken, encounters with dragons, and plenty of magic animate this breezy sequel to The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2003). When evil hag Olivene not only refuses to change good witch Grassina's heartthrob Haywood back from being an otter, but also dispatches him to parts unknown, young witch-in-training Princess Emeralda (Emma) and formerly enchanted Prince Eadric are charged with gathering the ingredients needed for a curse-lifting potion: "A gossamer hair from mother-of-pearl,/The breath of a dragon green./A feather from an aged horse,/The husk of a magic bean." Nothing turns out to be quite what it seems-and thanks to a previous curse, the questors switch between human and frog whenever Emma sneezes. Oh, and the kingdom of Greater Greensward is also about to be invaded by the army of Emma's snotty ex-suitor, Prince Jorge. Eadric's focus on food, flirting, and fighting (exactly in that order) still makes him something of a male caricature, but at least he's brave and decent-hearted. As tasty as its prequel, this romantic confection ends with several ingenious twists and the possibility of further adventures. A treat for fans of Gail Carson Levine's books.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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"Quests, test, hearts won and broken, encounters with dragons, and plenty of magic…As tasty as its prequel." (School Library Journal)

"As magically adventurous as fantasy can get. . . [A] fast-moving, inventive coming-of-(witch)age sequel." (VOYA)

More About the Author

E. D. Baker made her international debut with The Frog Princess, which was a Book Sense Children's Pick and has sold in many languages around the world. Since then she has written four other books in the series: Dragon's Breath, Once Upon a Curse, No Place for Magic and The Salamander Spell, as well as Wings: A Fairy Tale, a new look at the classic Midsummernight's Dream story. A mother of three and grandmother of one, Ms. Baker lives in Maryland, where she and her daughters breed horses and provide a home for five cats, three dogs, and three goats. www.edbakerbooks.com

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Perfect AR book for an 8 year old.
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She couldn't put it down and has now asked me to read it so we can talk about it.
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Overall, this is a great book for kids and pre-teens!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. R. on September 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I've read in the past year, and since I work in a bookstore I read a lot. I think Emma is the perfect example of what a good female character can be, and it's a story that I think girls everywhere will love. I'm sure boys will like it too, with all the dragons and giant spiders.

This book has so many great things going for it, my favorite thing being that Emma never uses violence to solve a problem unless she needs to, and always gives humans and animals the benefit of the doubt and lets them prove themselves before thinking badly of them.

The paperback is also very sturdy, and will hold up to repeated readings. And trust me, you'll read it repeatedly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book Dragon's Breath by E.D. Baker is a fantastic book for those who like fantasies and also the romantic type. This author has a writing style that moves the story along quickly which is one of the reasons I liked this book.

It's about Princess Emma who goes on an expedition with her prince Eadric, her aunt Grassina, and her husband Haywood. Grassina's mother turned Haywood into an otter under the impression that he was not good enough for her. Wishing for Haywood as a human and not an otter, they all attempt to coax Grassina's mother to turn Haywood back. When they're effort makes the issue worse, they find the way to un-do the spell and decide to turn Haywood back themselves. Under pressure with a clock running they have to gather unusual ingredients for the spell. They barely make the cut in and a ghastly turnout ruins their chance to bring Haywood and Grassina the happily ever after they deserve.

I enjoyed this book because of the good ending and the way the author developed the characters. I enjoyed reading this book because I usually don't like fantasy books, but this one worked for me with the streak of romance woven in. I would give this book four stars for the moving pace, the well developed characters, and the balance between romance and fantasy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. Kirby on August 8, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We bought the Frog Princess from a school bookfair. I've been reading it to my 8 year old daughter. We both enjoyed the book so much, I bought the next two in the series on Amazon. These are wonderfully funny, engaging stories. This is a children's auther I would highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dragon's Breath is the spectacular sequel to The Frog Princess written by E.D. Baker. The main characters are Princess Emma, her mother, Grassina (Emma's aunt), Prince Eadric, and Emma's grandmother. There are also many settings, just to name a few; Emma's castle, the swamp, a sea inside a little fish bowl, a town inside a picture, and the dragon Olympics.
In The Frog Princess, the clumsy Princess Emeralda (Emma for short) runs to the swamp so she won't have to meet her spouse- to- be, Prince Jorge. In the swamp she meets Eadric, a prince turned into a frog. She kisses Eadric so he will turn into a prince again, or so he says, but instead of him turning back into a prince Emma turns into a frog! In the end both Emma and Eadric returned back to their normal selves with a little help from their animal friends.
Dragon's Breath picks up after they have been turned back to their normal selves. Emma and Eadric's second adventure starts when her aunt Grassina asks them to look for four things for a spell, "a gossamer hair from mother-of-pearl, the breath of a dragon green, a feather from an aged horse, and the husk of a magic bean". She wants these things because she fell in love with a man her mother did not approve of, who than turned him into an otter. Incidentally, Grassina, her mother, and Emma are all witches. Grassina must have all those things before time runs out, and her boyfriend forgets he's a human. So Eadric and Emma go to some pretty strange places to look for them. To top it all off, Emma's country is having a war with their neighboring country over the fact that Emma won't marry Prince Jorge and therefore not giving him half of her lands.
I think anyone who loves animals will love this book! It has a great adventure and lots of animals to help Emma and Eadric.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Camfield on July 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The novel is a sequel to the "Frog Princess," and that novel should be read first to understand the characters. Princess Emeralda, her friend Prince Eadric, and her aunt Grassina (the Green Witch) discover the ingredients needed to reverse the spell that turned the man Grassina loved into an otter. The problem is the fact that the spell requires a hair from mother-of-pearl, the husk of a magic bean, a horse feather, and the breath of a green dragon. Most of the novel deals with the adventures of Emeralda and Eadric as they go on a quest seeking the items. Along the way they acquire some dragon friends. And they need to hurry, as the army of an adjoining kingdom is preparing to invade the country.

The events come out a little different than planned. Grassina is not entirely sure she still wants Haywood whom she has not seen in human form for 20 years. Emeralda's grandmother is interferring, as she has never thought Haywood was good enough for Grassina - the reason she turned him into an otter. Things become complicated because some spells have hidden features that are unknown until activated. Also, you do have to be careful what you wish for, or you may get unwanted results.

As usual with fairy tales, the hero or heroine (in this case) prevail in the end.
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