Synopses & Reviews
Once upon a time. . .
A princess danced, a princess dreamed, another found a pea.
One kissed a frog, one saved a bird, another crossed the sea.
One ate an apple, one tamed a beast, one lost a satin shoe.
And another spun straw into gold, in ten tales told anew!
Ten of the most beloved princess stories are ingeniously retold and splendidly illustrated—with cleverly hidden pictures—by author Grace Maccarone and artist Gail de Marken. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Pea to Snow White, these favorite tales will delight readers, happily ever after.
"Fairy tales often involve transformation, and Maccarone converts 10 familiar stories into swiftly moving and skillfully constructed iambic tetrameter poems. Despite the brevity of the retellings, Maccarone retains subtle moments of drama and humor; in 'Cinderella,' she writes, 'In disbelief, the prince ran, too,/ He lost the girl, but found a shoe.' Contributing delicate ink-and-watercolor paintings (which incorporate multiple objects for readers to locate), de Marcken smartly moves several of the stories outside Europe: 'The Princess and the Frog' is set in China, and the African heroine of 'The Princess and the Pea' is shown climbing onto a towering pile of boldly patterned mattresses. Although the rhymes can repeat themselves ('said,' 'wed,' 'wife,' and 'life' come up often), it's a minor quibble in what's otherwise a splendid reimagining of favorite stories. Ages 4 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"...a splendid reimagining of favorite stories."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"These are paintings to pore over: depictions of familiar fairy tales in sometimes unusual settings that are each filled with tiny seek-and-find details meant to entrance 3- to 8-year-olds. The accompanying text by Grace Maccarone rattles along in droll rhyme that is a pleasure to read aloud (though in print so small that adults may do some poring themselves)."--The Wall Street Journal "...a splendid reimagining of favorite stories."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "The fun lives in the art." -- School Library Journal
Praise for Princess Tales:
"These are paintings to pore over: depictions of familiar fairy tales in sometimes unusual settings that are each filled with tiny seek-and-find details meant to entrance 3- to 8-year-olds. The accompanying text by Grace Maccarone rattles along in droll rhyme that is a pleasure to read aloud (though in print so small that adults may do some poring themselves)." —The Wall Street Journal
"...a splendid reimagining of favorite stories." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
" This inventive book pairs 10 familiar stories retold in verse with seek-and-find illustrations. …The fun lies in the art. In some selections, the tale has a new locale. “The Princess and the Frog” has a Chinese setting complete with pagoda, dragon kite, and pandas, while “The Princess and the Pea” takes place in an ornate African court." —School Library Journal
“Inventive and engaging.” —Booklist
“…a classic collection that can be recommended for public library and home collections.” —Childrens Literature
Five best-loved fairy tales by a renowned folk artist
Any parent or grandparent longing to share these timeless, well-loved tales with a favorite child will welcome this enchanting collection from acclaimed folk artist Will Moses.
Five tales are included: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, and Puss in Boots. Each one is profusely illustrated with vignettes as well as a lavish double spread that incorporates all the key events of the story.
This handsome volume, full of fascinating detail and plentiful charm, is destined to become a family treasure.
About the Author
is a childrens book editor and the author of many books for young readers, including Miss Linas Ballerinas
and the First-Grade Friends series. She lives in Westchester, New York.
Gail de Marcken is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Quiltmakers Gift, The Quiltmakers Journey, Miss Hunnicutts Hat, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. She and her husband live year-round in the woods near Ely, Minnesota.