- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394830334
- ISBN-13: 978-0394830339
- Package Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Queen Who Couldn't Bake Gingerbread Hardcover – 1975
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The story is lighthearted, told with a cunning flair, and Paul Galdone's whimsical illustrations lend it just the right mood. It's not often that you see a romantic fable that extends past the wedding into the inevitable marital conflict. Simple and funny as the story is, its example of commitment and fidelity comes through clearly as each spouse decides to engage in the marriage they have actually embarked on rather than the one they had envisioned. All ends well in the kingdom of Pilaf and Calliope, and they do indeed live happily ever after.
A king seeks a wife who can bake gingerbread, a princess seeks a husband who can play the slide trombone, and if they stick too closely to their expectations neither can find a happy marriage because it is the expectations they are marrying, not the person.
Eventually they enter marriage when they get past their expectations and learn to accept eachother for what assets they have got. However the trombone and gingerbread problems still niggle - until they come up with the solution (I won't spoil it) that not only solves these problems but leaves their subjects with daily reassurance that all is well in the kingdom.
But of course they do. Eventually they do some soul-searching, realizing that the other married them for being wise and kind and mentioning the forbidden words was neither. Eventually they solve their problem brilliantly, settling it once and forever.
This is a must read for anyone getting married. It reinforces the wisdom that each of us is responsible for our own happiness, among other lessons.
It's also a HUGE hit because we always serve warm gingerbread to everyone while a musician visits to play the slide trombone.