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Princess Furball Paperback – March 29, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Stylized watercolor-and-gouache paintings give a lush, medieval air to this assured retelling of a traditional tale. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-- In this variant of the Cinderella story, a motherless princess grows into an accomplished and capable young woman. It's a good thing, too, for her heartless father intends to marry her to an ogre in exchange for 50 wagonloads of silver. The princess, thinking her demands will be impossible to meet, requests four bridal gifts--a dress as golden as the sun, one as silvery as the moon, a third as glittering as the stars, and a coat made from the skins of 1000 animals. When her father meets her demands, the princess dons her coat of a thousand furs, packs her three dresses into a walnut shell, and runs away, taking along a special soup seasoning and three small treasures that had belonged to her mother. Disguised by her strange coat, Furball, as she is now called, finds work as a drudge in a neighboring king's kitchen. When the king gives a ball, she dresses herself in the gown of gold and attends. The princess attends a second ball, and a third, leaving each one abruptly and dropping golden tokens in the prince's soup after each appearance. At the last ball, the prince slips the golden ring on her finger before she disappears, and when the ragged Furball is brought before him, can identify her as his mysterious guest and future wife. Huck's telling is smooth and graceful, with a slightly rustic informality perfectly echoed by Lobel's flat, primitive style. With a palette that ranges from warm brown to radiant white, the illustrations complement the storyline visually, placing it in an undefined middle-European setting. Author and illustrator have created a strong female character: particularly endearing in her coat of fur, she is resourceful and charming throughout. The princess' reliance on her own abilities and the absence of obvious magical help make this a fresh and satisfying addition to library collections of all sizes. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Top customer reviews
It is a lengthy children's story but a wonderful one. A princess runs away and works in a kitchen but was given three beautiful dresses. At night she would attend the ball wearing one of these three gowns. (There are so many more details that I'm skipping over because I don't want to ruin it) The details of the book, with the illustrations always capture my imagination.
This may not be a story that you would immediately pick up or even be aware of, but if you are looking for a new book to add to your princess collection I would highly recommend this story!
In this story, the girl isn't persecuted at home, she runs from it to avoid a bad marriage. She isn't saved by her fairy godmother, but by her cleverness and good home cooking. And nobody gets married based upon their shoe size. In short, it is a bit more... realistic than the more popular story you may have heard.