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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Tales of the Frog Princess
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582349231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582349237
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This debut novel follows the adventures of 14-year-old Princess Emeralda and the talking frog she meets one day in a swamp. The frog begs her to give him a kiss so that he will turn back into Prince Eadric, his identity before an evil witch turned him into an amphibian. When the young royal obliges, she, too, is transformed into a frog, and the two leap off in search of the spell-casting witch to ask her to reverse her handiwork. Describing the duo's futile quest in laborious detail, the author pads her tale with some curiously drab characters, including another witch (who hopes to use Emeralda and Eadric in a spell she's concocting) and a bat and snake who reside in her cottage. The tale occasionally offers peppy dialogue and some comical scenes-particularly as the newly transformed Emeralda adjusts to catching flies with her tongue ("My eye-tongue coordination wasn't very good," she admits). Unfortunately, the plot doesn't make much of the magical elements (for example, the characters' encounters with a dragon and a nymph seem inconsequential), resulting in a disappointingly flat fantasy. Ages 8-14.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-An amusing fairy-tale adventure that takes the frog-turned-prince story a little further. Princess Emeralda is incredibly clumsy, she brays like a donkey when she laughs, and she would rather spend time outdoors or learning magic from her witch-aunt Grassina than marry self-centered Prince Jorge. When she runs off to the nearby swamp, she meets "Frog" who, naturally, claims to be an enchanted prince and begs her for a spell-breaking kiss. But when she finally complies, something goes terribly wrong, and suddenly Emma is a green-skinned, pond-hopping frog. She and Eadric spend the rest of the book trying to undo the spells that have bewitched them, struggling to avoid a dragon, a frog-eating dog, and an inept angry witch along the way. When they are finally released from their enchantments, it's clear they will live a happy-if rather unconventional-life together. Baker's characters, especially Emma and Eadric, are more than meets the eye. The tale moves at a good pace, and, though the happy ending is predictable, the trials and tribulations that precede it are interesting. However, it's difficult to determine the book's audience. While the story would appeal to primary to intermediate grade girls, the vocabulary is rather sophisticated and seems to be more suited to young adults. Perhaps it would work best as a read-aloud. For fairy-tale themes more in tune with their specific audiences, turn to Donna Jo Napoli's The Prince of the Pond (Dutton, 1992) for intermediates, and her Zel (Puffin, 1998) or Beast (Atheneum, 2000) for the older crowd.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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.

Customer Reviews

The only book from E.D. Baker you shouldn't read is Wings a Fairy Tale.
Bianca Vandenbos
As I began to read this, I got more and more interested in the book, I could not put it down.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys mixed-up fantasies and adventures.
Kim Means

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Bechaz on May 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you like fairy tales, and you have a sense of humour, then I've no doubt you will love this book just as much as I did.

Once I started reading this, I just couldn't put it down. It's got the whole shebang: romance, humour, adventure, magic, witches both good and bad, fickle faeries, awesome dragons, and even a bat with agoraphobia.

This is an imaginative retake on the old Frog Prince story. By a strange twist of magic, when the Princess goes to kiss the frog--POOF!--she is also turned into a frog. From then on, the Frog Prince and Princess have to fight to survive in a less than frog-friendly world, and try to regain their former human selves.

The characters in this are adorable. Princess Emma is hardly your steroetypical princess. She's clumsy and awkward and headstrong, far more at home in the swamp than she was in her castle. Prince Eadric, the frog she kisses, is also far from being a typical prince. He has a healthy sense of witty sarcasm, and an even healthier appetite for food. He's also spent so long asking princesses to kiss him that he's become a little set in his ways, and never gives up asking Emma for a smooch. But he's got a good heart to match those amorous wiles, and courage to spare.

This is a fast paced book that is so good, you'll be sad when it's over.

I can't wait to read the sequels...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was really good! I am 10 1/2 and I loved it and couldn't put it down until I was finished. I just bought more books from this author. I recommend it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Fourteen-year-old Emeralda is no ordinary Princess, for her laugh is like a donkey braying, and she couldn't be more clumsy. This information is constantly thrown in her face by her Mother, the Queen, which is why Emeralda "Emma," is often found by the swamp. Which brings us to today. Emma has run into a frog, a talking frog, who insists that he is Prince Eadric, and that Emma must kiss him for him to turn back into a Prince. However, the kiss goes awry, and suddenly, Emma is just as much a frog as Prince Eadric. Now the two of them must try to survive as frogs, as they try to undo the spell, and bring them both back to their normal, human forms, before they are another animals dinner.

I love fairy tales, and E.D. Baker's THE FROG PRINCESS, is no exception. Her wonderful descriptions of life as a frog are both entertaining and suspenseful, while the entire premise of the story will keep all readers glued to the book until the very last page, in order to find out what will happen at the end. Overall, this is a lovely new novel for both male and female middle readers who enjoy a wacky fairy tale.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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Format: Paperback
Writing a critical review for a book as harmless and fluffy as "The Frog Princess" makes me feel awful, almost like I'm unnecessarily picking on a little girl in the corner who is minding her own business and trying to quietly read her book. But the fact remains that although "The Frog Princess" is a diverting and easy-to-read story, it's also rather patchy and forgettable. Quite simply: there are better books to be read to your kids, and plenty that include frogs and princesses.

Princess Emeralda (or "Emma" as she prefers) is suffers from a domineering mother and an arranged marriage. She has a witchy-aunt to keep her company, but sadly Aunt Grassina has gone on a journey to places unknown...just in time for Emma to get herself into serious trouble. Having met a talking-frog in the swamplands around the castle, the so-called Prince Eadric coaxes a kiss out of the princess in the hopes that she'll break the spell cast over him. In the book's central conceit, the kiss has quite the opposite effect: Emma is turned into a frog.

Now struggling to control her new body and its taste for insects, Emma joins up with Eadric in the attempt to break the curse that now binds both of them. What follows is a range of mini-adventures in which the froggy couple come up against several obstacles in their journey reach to Emma's castle and (hopefully) find an answer to their predicament. Such adventures include a wannabe witch, a thieving otter, a grumpy fairy, and various other talking animals that help or hinder their passage home. Other even minor characters, such as a dragon and a nymph, do neither, being introduced into the story only to disappear again just as quickly. Often the language is too contemporary for the setting: "he thought I had a crush on him" and "give me a break!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Baker on June 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a great book to read if you like suspense, comedy, fantasy, fairy tales, and romance. I was glad that there was going to be a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and in August there is going to be a 5th one in this series. I liked this book so much that the next day i just had to go and buy the 2nd and 3rd one. That is unusual for me because I don't even like to read. It is about a girl who doesn't want to marry this man named Prince Jorge so she runs away and so she goes to this swamp. When she is there she runs along a frog who then asks her to kiss him. She does, but then something goes wrong. She turns into a frog instead of him turning into a prince! You will have to read this book to find out how they fix the mistake.
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