Title: The Ordinary Princess
Author: M. M. Kaye
Major Themes: Fairy Tales, Princesses
Synopsis: When her fairy godmother proclaims that Amy will be Ordinary, her life is changed to be much different from most princesses.
I discovered, when I started reading The Ordinary Princess to my 6-year-old, that she is not familiar with fairy tales! I had to explain a number of things to her—including Sleeping Beauty! She certainly enjoyed this book anyway, and so did her older brothers. They didn’t want to miss out on any chapters.
A seventh princess has just been born in the king’s castle! Everyone is excited, and soon plans are made for the christening of Her Serene and Royal Highness Princess Amethyst Alexandra August Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne. Everyone important in the kingdom has been invited, including, of course, all the fairies—despite King Huldebrand’s forebodings that not all will be well. His forebodings came true when the Fairy Crustacea, as her gift to the new little princes, wished that she be ordinary.
Soon Princess Amy, as she became known, proved to be very ordinary, most unprincesslike. She was so ordinary that when she grew up, no prince could be found who was willing to marry her! This didn’t bother her one bit, but it certainly bothered her parents, who proposed a drastic measure to find her a husband. Amy took off into the forest—and the turn of events that followed, while not unexpected to the adult reader, is quite funny!
Any little girl who enjoys fairy tales and stories about princesses will love The Ordinary Princess. It is a fun what-if story—what if a princess was not perfect and beautiful? What might her life be like? It even turns out to be fun for children like mine who have not been exposed to fairy tales and princess stories!
WARNING: There are fairies who appear here and there through the story.
Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12