- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
- Series: Puffin Classics
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (August 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140367624
- ISBN-13: 978-0140367621
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Princess and Curdie (Puffin Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1996
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This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.
Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.
Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.
This Electronic Paperback is illustrated. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a minister who was rejected by his congregation, and struggled thereafter to support his family of eleven children by writing. In his own day he was celebrated as poet, preacher, and lecturer, and as the author of numerous novels. He is best known today for his vivid children's stories. U. C. Knoepflmacher has published widely on children's literature and the Victorian period.
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Top Customer Reviews
Most sequels are not as good as the original, but this case is an exception. Aside from a few references to drinking wine, there is really nothing objectionable. Of course, some fighting and even killing occur, but after all, this does represent the general battle between good and evil. The plot does take a little while to get moving, but overall The Princess and Curdie is a well-written fairy tale type of fantasy that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Oddly, it is currently a bit harder to find than the first story. My only suggestion is to bypass the CreateSpace edition. It was the only one available when I went to buy the book, and there is nothing necessarily wrong with it, but it is hard to hold. Another edition that was released by Puffin Classics in 1996 and illustrated by Helen Stratton is now being offered.
In closing, I loved this book. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the ending was disappointing. Not a bad ending, but one that left me scratching my head. Why, MacDonald, did you choose that? But the rest of the book makes up for that final page.
The Princess and Curdie is a sequel to the Princess and the Goblin. While the former dealt primarily with the adventures of Princess Irene this one focuses almost exclusively on the young miner Curdie who struggles to aid the King and Princess Irene against the treachery of those who wish to overthrow their Kingdom. Unlike the Princess and the Goblin this tale starts off quite a bit more slowly and the first chapter or two I had to kind of struggle to maintain interest. However, once Curdie starts his quest the story really gets moving along and I was hooked on it nearly as thoroughly as I was hooked on the Princess and the Goblin. It is a wonderful fairy tale of adventure and a fair bit of action. There is much thought in the story and like the Princess and the Goblin the author illustrates virtues, vices and morality quite well. However I feel that he manages this without being too preachy. Still there may be some that don't like the pointing out of moralities so your mileage may vary. The characters are interesting as in the first story and again the Great-Great Grandmother of Irene wields a subtle magic manipulating events but only by aiding the primary characters in aiding themselves and others. It is only in the last desperate battle at the end of the story that this cunning Enchantress takes an active hand in the action.
MacDonald loves songs and poetry and often puts them to use in the story. However I found them to be distracting and they did not hold my interest. However that may not be the case for you. All in all though I greatly enjoyed the story and highly recommend it if you enjoyed the Princess and the Goblin.