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The Fairy's Mistake (Princess Tales) Hardcover – March 21, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Series: Princess Tales
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (March 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060280603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060280604
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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It's easy to read and easy to understand.
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My daughter reads a lot, so I feel is a strong reader for her age.
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Wonderful re-write of a well-known fairy tale.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By a reader on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the first review for this book, "A GOOD SHORT READ". It is better than "The Princess Test" because Rosella doesn't get so lucky with her prince like Laurelei (the heroine of "Princess Test"). I don't think Rosella lets people walk all over her. She's just nice, and has a kind heart. And she DOES stand up for herself in the end. If you like funny, twisted fairy tales, when the bad guys REALLY get what they deserve, read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Do you have gems falling out of your mouth? Well Rosella does in The Fairy's Mistake! But here is the catch, her sister has nasty beetles, bugs & snakes coming from her mouth. Here is a fiction story by Gail Carson Levine if you like reading about Fiction stories & princesses you would loovvveeee this book.
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!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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. Girls of any age would enjoy them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found The Fairy's Mistake to be a wonderful fairy tale. This book displays "girl power" and is great for girls-young women, although my whole family enjoyed this book. This book is a short, sweet, and great book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda on August 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
With cute humour and plenty of magic,Levine tells the tale of 2 sisters,one nice,one selfish.A well-meaning fairy gives the nice sis a 'gift'....She will spew diamonds from her mouth every time she speaks.But this so-called blessing causes everyone to take advantage!The nasty sister is 'punished' by being enchanted to spew out insects every time she speaks(it's a good book,honestly.)But her punishment turns into something she enjoys as she uses it to her own advantage to terrorize others.It's actually not a gross book,My review is grosser than the book.It is a charming read as is The Princess Test.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found this book much better than the Princess Test. I liked the way the plot was twisted so that the good character gets a punishment and the bad character gets a reward, and then everything works out. I didn't like the way Rosella never stood up for herself, she just let herself be bossed around, she didn't seem to have much of a briain until the end and then all of a sudden she starts standing up for herself, I didn't get how that transformation had occured. I still enjoyed the book and look forward to more books by Levine. Read this book if you have about an hour on your hands with nothing to do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you liked Ella Enchanted you'll love this book! It is about how bad it is to be under a spell. I really enjoyed this book. It has two morals the first wne is if your good to people you will get rewarded. The second moral is think befor you act
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 books falls a little short of outdone. The characters are extremely two-dimentional when obviously the plot could have easily been thickened, and more of a personality could have been added to Rosella, Pickering, Myrtle, and even Prince Harold. As her previous work shows, she is capable of more and better. I found it too easy and a tad too boring. Please pick it up!
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