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The Princess Test (Princess Tales) Hardcover – March 21, 1999

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Grade 3-6-Two novellas that are grounded in well-known tales and set in the magical kingdom of Biddle. The Fairy's Mistake is a play on "Toads and Diamonds," a story from Perrault about gifts given by a witch to two sisters, one kind and the other unkind. The Princess Test is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Illustrated with full-page pen-and-ink drawings, both retellings are delightfully lighthearted, with little doubt that good will ultimately triumph over evil. There is a rich use of language and spirited characters, especially the females. Although "The Princess Tales" lack the complexity of plot and fantastical invention found in Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997), they make a nice addition to the genre of novels based on and yet departing from traditional tales. Although their short length and sly humor would make the books appeal to reluctant readers, the difficult font makes it hard to recommend them to that audience.
Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA
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About the Author

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.



Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. He lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Princess Tales
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (March 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006028062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060280628
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Superficially, one could point out that this book has only 100 or so pages and has double-spaced print. But that's silly. Because this book is so amazing! It tells the story of Lorilei, a girl who is extremly sensitive to everything. I mean, she can only sleep on satin sheets and the only chore she can perform without getting hurt is embrodery. When Lorilei falls in love with a prince, she finds out that his parents only want him to marry a true princess. There are having a series of tests to find a real princess. The tests are things like finding a fleck of raw noodle in a salad or finding the missing stitch in a tapestry . . . or feeling a pea through a mattress! Lorilei is up for this challange, as it's her "talent" . . . but will she pass the tests? The prince Nicolas, by the way, is a simple character but is NOT one-dimensinal like most fairy-tale princes are. And a great character was the king or father of the prince. He has the habit of using symolies or words that mean the same thing in a sentence. I hope you understand or comprehend what I mean about the king or monarch. He was one of my favorite or most-liked characters. Anyway, Lorilei is delightful, Trudy is hilarious, and this book shows that love is more important than blood . . . and that our "faults" can sometimes be our alleys. Read or look at the words of this story!
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By A Customer on July 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a classic fairy-tale story about an ordinary girl who is beautiful and kind, but when she offers to clean the dishes, she'll get a rash from the soapy water. Her father is a very busy widower whom hires a housekeeper to help around the house since his fragile daughter can't do anything except embroider and say if her bandage is too tight or too loose-- perfection is everything for her. Meanwhile, Prince Nicholas has to find a "true princess" Thus, any princess hoping to be queen shall take the princess test. The two stories collide when Prince Nicholas rides by Lorelei, the main characterand finds her "Looked pretty in the distance. As he got closer, she was still pretty. Not a raving pretty, but definitley pretty." He suddenly likes her in a loving way just by her beauty. When he comes home to his castle, his mother and father, the King and Queen tell him about the princess test and he wonders if Lorelei could pass the test. Will she even find out?
Read this book for a adveture through love, worrries, and a splurge of fary-tale fun!
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A Kid's Review on January 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you are expecting a great book, don't disappoint yourself by reading THE PRINCESS TEST. Read DAVE AT NIGHT or ELLA ENCHANTED instead, because while it's cute and witty to a point, THE PRINCESS TEST is nothing like the other two. The plot is well put together but frustratingly simple; the characters are the same. I like the fairy tale style, but Ms. Levine's attempts at childish humor are only mildly amusing. It could be a spirited I-Can-Read book, and a new reader might actually enjoy the predictability and familiarity of the storyline, but if you're past that stage, don't expect anything further than a pleasant, sleepy twenty minutes with this book.
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This is a wonderful book. When a blacksmith's wife dies, he needs to go away so he hires a maid to take care of his daughter, Lorelei. The maid does not like her at all, so she finds a way to get rid of Lorelei. The maid says that they are going on a picnic and leaves her. It starts to rain, so Lorelei needs to find a place to stay. She finds a castle and discovers that there's a princess test going on. Read the book to find out what happens. This book is great! I think everyone should read it!!!
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The Princess Test
By Gail Carson Levine

Lorelei is very spoiled by her parents. She is allergic to nearly everything so her diet is very plain. Her mother dies and her father continues to spoil his daughter. In order to work as a blacksmith, he hires a housekeeper to look after Lorelei. Whenever Trudy, the housekeeper tries to get Lorelei to do anything for herself, she gets hurt, breaks out in rash or makes a mess of things. The only thing Lorelei is good at is embroidery. One day while embroidering, Lorelei meets a prince who is wandering in the woods. He is nice, but not terribly handsome. Lorelei isn't terribly beautiful, but other than a nose that is nearly too big, she looks okay.

When the prince is told he must marry, he thinks of Lorelei. She won't do, however, because she is not a princess. The king and queen devise a princess test. In order to marry the prince, a princess must pass this test. In a salad, the princess must detect a tiny piece of noodle. In a bouquet, she must notice a sprig of parsley, and in a piece of cloth; she must spot a missing thread. The king and queen thought up many more tests, the final test being the familiar pea in the mattress test.

Trudy, the housekeeper is resentful of Lorelei. She plots to kill the daughter of the blacksmith. Finally, she decides that Lorelei will do herself in. She leaves her with the spinning wheel, knowing that she will get hurt, but instead of pricking herself and bleeding to death, she makes a tangled mess. Trudy decides to take Lorelei into the woods for a picnic. When Lorelei is eating her lunch, Trudy takes the mule and leaves Lorelei alone.

While wandering the woods, Lorelei finds the castle in the middle of the night.
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