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The Princess Test (Princess Tales) Hardcover – March 21, 1999
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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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Read this book for a adveture through love, worrries, and a splurge of fary-tale fun!
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.Read more ›
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Wonderful re-write of a well-known fairy tale. Gail Carson Levine puts an interesting twist to the story that makes it a lot of fun.Published on October 2, 2013 by D. Husni
The Princess Test (Princess Tales) is a unique telling of "The Princess and the Pea (Classic Fairy Tale Collection)". The main character in this version is named Lorelei. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by |Karma|
The Princess Test is a vary easy book to read and vary intertaning for boys and girls. Make sure you read the "epilogue! Read morePublished on November 6, 2006
Have you ever known someone who was spoiled rotten and then one day her most precious possession is taken away? Read morePublished on March 15, 2006
Ii the book,the author of this book is Gail Carson Levine.It is a fiction book,but it is really a great book. Read morePublished on October 28, 2005
This great story i read was called The Princess Test written by Gail Carson Levine .It was an intresting story. I think that you should read this story if you like fairy tales. Read morePublished on May 10, 2005
I loved the book The princess Test! I love fairy tales and happily ever after endings. This book was about a girl ,who was a blacksmiths daughter,and her mother passed away. Read morePublished on June 2, 2004
Gail Carson Levine creates a gently funny,and fun,tale of magic in the Princess Test,a book I recommend to females of all ages.It is a recreation of the Princess and the Pea. Read morePublished on August 6, 2003 by Linda