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The Ordinary Princess [Kindle Edition]

M. M. Kaye
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 tapestries . . . or 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 there . . . much to everyone's surprise . . . she meets a prince just as ordinary (and special) as she is!

"This delightful fairy tale is sure to please young romantics . . . Neither Kaye's princess nor her book should be considered ordinary." (School Library Journal)

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From Publishers Weekly

A godmother's final "gift" transforms what should be the luckiest princess and most comely of all (born seventh, a good omen) into an ordinary-looking girl. But that does not stop Princess Amy from living an extraordinary life: she runs away from home when she is promised to a royal stranger. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1800 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670035440
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (March 18, 2002)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SR2PVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fairy tale favorite March 17, 2004
This was one of my very favorite books as a child, and I was crushed when it went out of print and I lost my own copy. When I learned a few years ago that it was being re-printed, I was overjoyed.
"The Ordinary Princess" is a delightful fairy tale with a bit of a twist -- the herione is NOT the mind-bogglingly gorgeous fairy tale princess we have come to expect. At birth, she is cursed by an ornery fairy..."You shall be ORDINARY!" Much to the embarrassment of the royal family, the curse immediately begins to manifest itself, and continues to do so throughout the course of the princess's life. She is overlooked in favor of her six extremely beautiful and perfectly-princessy older sisters. No matter what the royal court tries, Princess Amy remains as normal as any peasant.
"The Ordinary Princess" follows the quest of Princess Amy to make something of an ordinary life for herself, to go along with her very ordinary appearance. During which time, she meets -- and falls in love with -- a young "man-of-all-work" named Peregrine.
I shall not reveal to you how splendidly it ends, but it is absolutely charming. There are very few perfect books in this world, but this just happens to be one of them. It is clever and witty in its writing, charming in its story (as all fairy tales SHOULD be) and simple and sweet in its execution. It is every little girl's dream to be a princess, and this is an excellent princess story. Delightful from start to finish.
I admit to not being overly fond of the reprint's cover -- I preferred the original cover art -- but at least all of the orginial illustrations are included in this. M.M. Kaye not only wrote this book, she also illustrated it herself, and the drawings only augment the tale, making it even better than it already is.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tale March 6, 2002
Tired of the usual Disneyfied blonde, sweet, graceful, elegant princesses? Read this book, in which we see a princess unlike any other. I'm glad that it will be reprinted shortly, as a fantasy story this good deserves to be read again and again.
The story opens in the kingdom of Phantasmorania (great name, no?), where the seventh royal princess is born. At first, Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne appears to be like any other beautiful, good-tempered princess. But then a crabby but well-meaning fairy puts a two-edged blessing on her: "You shall be ordinary!" And she is. To the dismay of the royals and the court, Amy is mousy-haired, snub-nosed, freckled, and thoroughly graceless. She prefers romping in the woods to drifting around playing with a golden ball, as her sisters do.
Dismayed, her parents try to rig up a crisis to get her married off. But Amy doesn't want to be treated in such a way, and has no wish to embarrass her family. So she sets off across the woods, and enters a neighboring kingdom, where she becomes a kitchen maid and has to work for the first time in her life. There she befriends a squirrel and a bird - and a mystery "man of all work" named Perry, who becomes her best friend...
M.M. Kaye, best known for her tales of India and other exotic lands, pens a delightful little fantasy story. This is not an epic, nor does it have ground-shattering impact on the world. Instead it is a smaller, more personal story about an ordinary girl who happens to be a princess. Amy's love story is charming as well, since she and Perry CHOOSE rather than are chosen. It also adds an extra dimension to their romance, since they are friends as well. Amy doesn't give in to fate, she makes her own. I know this sounds like a feminist retelling, but it isn't.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "My child, you shall be Ordinary!" December 15, 2003
When the seventh daughter of King Hulderbrand and Queen Rodehesia is born, the kingdom of Phantasmorania is in a state of extreme excitement. The birth of the seventh in a line of beautiful, blonde, angelic princesses, all named after precious jewels, is a special occasion. Baby Princess Amethyst is set to receive several virtues from the good fairies of the land, despite her father's misgivings, and the entire kingdom is celebrating.
But things do not always go as planned, as one fairy in particular is in a bit of a grumpy mood, and not at all eagar to dish out any more Wit, Charm, Courage, Health, Wisdom or Grace - instead she bestows the infant with Ordinariness, and at once Amethyst's golden curls are mousey, her perfect nose is covered in freckles, and her previously cooing baby-talk changes into a very loud scream. As she grows, the stately name of Amethyst drops to the simple "Amy", and her days are not filled with embroidery and harp-playing, but exersions into the Forest of Faraway.
Yet each of her sisters is eventually married off, and soon her parents despair of doing the same to her. A plot is hatched: to hire a dragon to ravage the land in the hopes that a Prince will come to rescue Amy, trapped in a high tower. Amy is disguisted at such a plan, and takes off for the forest, where she begins her own adventures...
M. M. Kaye's "The Ordinary Princess" is without a doubt a charming book, made all the more so by her simple, realistic, and often whimsical illustrations. The creation of an ordinary princess is a welcome to the world of literature in which beauty is predominant among descriptions of heroes and princesses, and it was one of the first of many similar journeys into "ugliness" as a virtue (the most well known being "Shrek").
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
A sweet story with some fun and humor thrown in. I think most children would enjoy it and so did I.
Published 4 days ago by Emilie Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute
I'm hosting a book club for my daughter and they all voted for this book. It's a Very fun and cute read. All the magic and charm that every little girl needs
Published 24 days ago by Janacy Gubler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book ws not in the best of shape but over all I am pleased.
Published 1 month ago by Tammie Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and sweet fairy tale
Looked into this as a download for my 9 year-old daughter, but I loved reading it as much as she will. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CECS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ordinary Princess = Delightful!
I loved this book! It is a wonderful fairy tale suitable for youngsters probably age eight and up. The author paints great mental pictures and adults will enjoy the humor as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcia Gray
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It is a fairy tale for children.
Published 1 month ago by Lucka Böhm
5.0 out of 5 stars How could I forget this book?
This book made me want to write stories of my own when I read it as a little girl. I remember I had picked it up at a book fair back then when we had no Internet or Amazon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keroberus
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute take on princesses
I liked this story. It was a quick read...Very simple writing, but tackling a relevant issue--why can't girls do or be ...? Great conversation starter.
Published 2 months ago by mommy2girls
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
If you are a fan of fairy tale type stories (which I am), then I highly recommend this book. It was charming, clever, and original. I read it through in one afternoon!
Published 2 months ago by Alanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Author Writes Children's Book
Loved all of MM Kaye's books, wanted to try the cute little story here. It came in good condition and came promptly. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Vickie L. Morgan
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