- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Library Binding: 31 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co (October 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807560707
- ISBN-13: 978-0807560709
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,058,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once upon a Test: Three Light Tales of Love Library Binding – October 1, 1984
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The three short stories, "For Love of Sunny," "Not for Love nor Money," and "Love is Blind" are written in a style that may be familiar to anyone who has read Vande Velde's other short stories, as seen in Curses, Inc., Tales From the Brothers Grimm and Sisters Weird, and most particularly, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem. The stories all feature the popular fairy tale theme of accomplishing seemingly impossible tasks in order to win the princess-- or the prince, in the case of the first story, which is a fun twist on the genders traditionally assigned to rescuer and rescued. The second story proposes the question of whether the hardships imposed by these tasks are even worth the rewards, and the third is a sweeter, less cynical story in which kindness and honesty, not bravado, win the day.
These stories are clever, amusing, and exactly as they are described-- light tales of love-- but they are not as singularly brilliant as some of Vivian Vande Velde's other short stories are, like "Lost Soul" and "Straw Into Gold." A good book to check out from the library (and especially recommended to fans of Gail Carson Levine's Princess Tales series), but Vivian Vande Velde's novels and longer short story collections are better examples of her witty prose and unique characterizations.