The Apple-Pip Princess Hardcover – March 25, 2008
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About the Author
- Lexile measure : AD810L
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763637475
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763637477
- Dimensions : 9.9 x 0.48 x 11.9 inches
- Publisher : Candlewick (March 25, 2008)
- Reading level : 3 - 7 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #507,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The answer is probably never, unless you make a special effort. And even then... close to never.
This is not a traditional fairy tale, nor a retelling of one. But it reads like it is. Three princesses are competing to see which one will inherit the kingdom. Two of them go waaaaaay overboard and requisition all the metal and wood in the kingdom (even roofs and fences and bells) to build towers to aggrandize themselves. ("They'll be so happy to be ruled by me, they won't mind being poor and hungry!" Yeah, right. Plus, they're throwing people willy-nilly into the dungeon.)
The third, aptly named Serenity, fears she can't do anything, but she uses her mother's gift to try, and - with the gift and with help from the rest of her country - replants, apparently, the entire countryside. In a week. Well, there's some magic involved, and it flows together nicely.
The language is rich and deep, and very evocative. It is a bit of a long story, and some of the metaphors involved may go right over a smaller child's head - keep the 4 - 8 age range in mind.
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I like this more than Doll's House Fairy and Can You Catch a Mermaid, though all of them are lovely and popular in my house. The story is the king is a widower with three daughters. As he's getting old he asks each of them to find a way to impress him, to help him decide who to leave his kingdom to. The death of his wife has led to the death of the kingdom - nothing grows, the air is arid and the people are starving and poor. The elder two daughters exploit the poor and threaten them (mildly) and come up with worthless showy towers. The youngest daughter, Serenity, uses her mother's personal treasure box to bring the people in the land together in a programme of mass planting and farming touched with a little magic (a nightingale's song, a strip of rainbow, a dewy spider web, and one apple pip). A week later the land is verdant and full of potential and the people have found a new purpose. The king gives the kingdom to Serenity. No one is a baddy and everyone gathers together under a tree to picnic and listen to nightingale song and love everyone else.
It doesn't hurt that the princesses are brown skinned and dark haired.