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****The Frog Princess

by E. D. Baker

Reviewed February 1, 2003.
Bloomsbury, New York, 2002.  214 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF BAK)
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #8, Young Adult Fantasy

I do love fractured fairy tales!  This is an especially fun one.  We have the required feisty princess, who isn’t ladylike enough for her mother and doesn’t want to marry the Prince who has been picked out for her.  When the princess meets a frog who claims to be a prince, she finally gives in and kisses him.  Oops!  Instead of the frog turning into a prince, the princess turns into a frog!

Of course, after that the two have all sorts of problems figuring out what went wrong and trying to become human again.  During their quest the princess must learn how to act like a frog (jump, swim and eat bugs) and avoid being eaten by predators.  It’s a delightful story told in an entertaining way.  This is one I wish I’d thought of.

Reviews of other books by E. D. Baker:
Dragon's Breath

Reader comment:  An anonymous reader gives this book 5 stars, with the comment "Great book"!

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