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Once Upon a Curse (Tales of the Frog Princess Book 3) by [Baker, E. D.]
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Grade 4-6 - Princess Emma is anxious to marry Eadric, but first she must undo the family curse that threatens to turn her into an evil hag after her upcoming 16th birthday. Using the magical powers she is still learning to control, she visits the long-ago era when the spell was cast in an attempt to discover how it can be broken. Readers who enjoyed Baker's The Frog Princess and Dragon's Breath are the likeliest audience for this addition to the series as it seems to exist primarily to tie up loose ends. Even in this regard, though, it is disappointing. So much of the text is devoted to recapping the plots of the first two titles that there is not much room for a new story and the pace of this book is slowed considerably: " 'I'll put the spell in a ball like the ones we used when we fought King Beltran and turned his soldiers into frogs and mice,'" Emma calls to Eadric in the thick of battle. With such roundabout descriptions of the action, it's difficult to keep one's attention focused on the confrontation at hand. This title is necessary only in collections where the first two books are popular. - Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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“Baker's vividly imagined fantasy world . . . [is] irresistible and loaded with humor.” ―VOYA

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  • File Size: 1463 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UM5BSC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Deborah Fredericks on June 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am more impressed each time I read this author. The tone is appropriately light for a semi-satiric fantasy without becoming too cutesy/silly. The characters are a delight, and the ending was both touching and hilarious. Highly recommended!

Deby Fredericks

Author of The Magister's Mask
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A Kid's Review on December 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book it was my favorite out of the three.If you have read the first two you will love this one.it is about when Emma goes back in time and tries to break the family curse and goes back home with this knowlege.Thinking she is about to end the family curse she has to go through alot more then she expected.

I would recomend this book pre-teen and teens in their early teen years.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book and was sad when it ended, but the story was really great!! I recommend that if you love fairy tales that you should read this book as well as the other Frog Princess series!
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Format: Paperback
I can't get enough of Emma and Eadric, and I'm almost dissapointed that it'll be another 48 hours before I can get to a bookstore to buy the fourth book.

You could say this book is more of the same things from the other two, but it's still amazingly successful. Eadric is charming and exasperating (like most teenage boys), Emma is wise but clumsy (like most teenage girls), and everyone is just so well done and out of the ordinary. This series turns fairy tales on their head in a perfect way.

An absolute must read for anybody that likes fairy tales, at any age.
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Format: Hardcover
Once Upon A Curse is a book that every book lover should read (after you've read The Frog Princess and Dragon's Breath of course)... It has time travel, fairys, dragons, harpies, and other magical creatures too. Captivating with kind and snotty ancestors that Princess Emma meets when she's trying to solve the family curse's mysteries... along with Eadric, Lil, and some magic she's bound for a journey no one's gone on before!
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First of all, this is not a prequel. It's a sequel (i.e., it follows the Frog Princess and Dragon's Breath - it doesn't precede them). And the word is "preQuel," not "preguel" ... but that's just one of the many, many, many typos in this book. It's hard to imagine the author made them. They must have occurred in the editing process, or while converting it to Kindle. Anyhow, this is another good story in the series. Princess Emma searches for a cure to the family curse that turns women into grouchy hags if they ever touch a flower. I read these to my 6 year old daughter, who loves all things princess or magic related, and she adores them.
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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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I remember the first time I read this book I read it not knowing that there were two books before it and I absolutely loved it. Does that not in and of itself say a lot about the book? This book also truly stands the test of time as well because even after ten years it is still one of my favorite books. So what makes it so great? First the plot is unique it takes a typical fairytale and turns it on its head. The protagonist Princess Emeralda is nothing like the typical princess she is extremely clumsy and has a tendency to be less than perfect much to her mother’s displeasure. To top it all off she is a witch, a good witch, who has to take the place of her Aunt --who succumbed to the curse—as the Green Witch of her kingdom. If that’s not enough for the princess has made it her mission to break the family curse before her own sixteenth birthday and in order to do so she travels back in time to the moment it was cast. Of course this would not be a proper fairytale, even an atypical one, without a prince. Baker does put his own spin on a typical prince with his Eadric because even though he is very capable on his own he works as a team with Emeralda.
I feel that this book offers a lot to young readers. Both the prince and princess have obvious flaws but instead of hating them readers learn to embrace the quirks of the characters. Ultimately this allows for readers to be more accepting of themselves. Another awesome aspect of the story is the strong theme of family Emeralda clashes a lot with her family but t the end of the day she loves them and fights for the freedom of her family.
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