Princess April Morning-Glory: What kind of a world would you create, if you had to do three good deeds to make it home again? Paperback – February 2, 2013
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About the Author
- Publisher : Sandramantos Publishing (February 2, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 66 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0988784807
- ISBN-13 : 978-0988784802
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.16 x 11 inches
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#4,174,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #34,060 in Children's Folk Tales & Myths (Books)
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As Princess April grew into a little girl she became disappointed that her wings were too small for her to fly. She went to Fairy School and learned her lessons well but she was eager to have big fairy wings. So she and Blue Butterfly left the castle and before she knew it she was lost and did not know how to get back to the Enchanted Forest and the Castle.
Princess April had to find Wise Owl but it was dark and she was very tired and scared. Some of the creatures of the forest tried to help her and this made her feel better and was able to continue.
Wise Owl advised her to see the Wizard at the edge of the forest but to beware of the Wicked Queen Misery.
The Wizard told her to go back into the forest and do three good deeds then she would be able to return home. What are good deeds? Who would need her help?
The author wrote and illustrated this fairy tale in 1941 after her Uncle, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., passed away. The story was written from her heart in memory of actors and actresses she dearly loved. It is a darling twist to Fairy Tales with fairies, wizards, witches and magic. The illustrations were classic of the golden age of Hollywood's swashbucklers, chivalry, maidens in distress, and enchanted forest. Bringing it all together to entertain fairy tale lovers of all ages.
They say the book is a treasure and I totally agree. I will always have a special place in my personal library for this book.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book Tours for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.
The story follows Princess April as she leaves the Enchanted Forrest for the Great World beyond when she became upset that her wings are too small for her to fly. With only her blue butterflies for company, Princess April goes on a grand adventure and then tries to find her way home.
Along the way Princess April learns to be brave, courageous, and undertakes 3 good deeds in order to return home. Just as she is about to find her way home, she encounters the wicked Fairy Misery who imprisons her in a dungeon. With the help of a hummingbird and a magical wand from her father, Princess April overcomes evil and finally returns home.
This is an enchanting story that will quickly become a favorite at bedtime. Enhancing this story is the beautiful and amazing illustrations by the author that bring the story to life. There are even tiny illustrations among the words.
To add to the charm, the author penned the book in a lovely calligraphy-style writing. While the text might be difficult for young children to read, it will be a lovely writing style for them to learn as they grow. The book also includes 10 suggestions for doing good deeds youngsters (and adults) can attempt.
Princess April Morning-Glory will delight youngsters, while the story behind the story will capture adults’ attention. The author is the nieces of the late Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford of the golden age of Hollywood. The book, written and illustrated in 1941, was recently brought to life by Kelley Smoot Garrett, the step-daughter of the author. Letitia began work on this tale on Dec. 11, 1939, which was her 26th birthday and the night her uncle, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., died.
If you’re looking for an enchanting fairy tale, be sure to pick up Princess April Morning-Glory. It’s a story all ages can enjoy.
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a virtual book tour. The book was sent to me by Kelley Smoot Garrett in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
She finally meets a Wizard who tells her that in order to get back she must do three good deeds. Princess April finds this an easy task and helps many people and animals around her. When it is time to find the rainbow which connects to Fairy Land she is captured by a bad fairy. Even in that situation she was brave and strong.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The are large, colorful, and detailed. They really brought detail to the story and I think children would love looking at them along with the story of Princess April Morning-Glory.
However I did find two issues with this book. The first is that it is written in a calligraphy font that is hard to read, especially if a child would be trying to read this book on his/her own. I also found the small illustrations in and behind the words to be distracting from the larger pictures that are so wonderful.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.