Title: THE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BE A PRINCESS
Series: NEWFANGLED FAIRY TALES
Author: BRUCE LANSKY
Type of Book: eBook
Length: 20 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fairy Tales
Target Readership: Ages 7-12, Grades 2-7
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Meadowbrook Press – A Division of Simon and Schuster
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
~ I received a free copy of this book from www.SimonandSchuster.com It is also free on Amazon and in iBooks. ~
This book is from the “Newfangled Fairy Tales” series which is edited by Bruce Lansky. This series is a collection of revised fairy tales with new twists on older themes and even some modern characters. It includes the story of “…a beautiful princess who is put to sleep for 100 years because she is so cranky… and Hansel, who is so obsessed with candy that he steals Gretel’s piggy bank and runs off to the Old Witch’s Candy Factory.”
This series is suitable for both male and female children from the ages of 7 to 13.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!
At only 20 pages it is a quick read and despite the fact that the target readership is children, this is also a great short tale for adults to enjoy as well.
The main character is a ‘tweenage’ girl named Michelle Koszlowski. This girl is like many other girls her age and she is 100% believable. She lives “…with her parents and her bratty little brother, Donald, in a gray house with white shutters. The Koszlowski house looked just like all the other gray houses with white shutters on Maple Street in Sheboygan, Michigan.” Anyone who has ever visited (or lived in) modern day suburbia will recognize what Michelle’s house looks like.
Michelle is very similar to some modern day tween girls I know. She doesn’t like her house; she thinks it’s too “ordinary”. She’s lazy, spoiled and feels like it is her right to have everything she wants given to her immediately. In short, she’s an annoying, spoiled brat.
Michelle wants to live the life of a Princess.
But, when her dream comes true, will Michelle be happy? You’ll have to read the story to find out.
Since this fairy tale is available free of charge courtesy of Simon and Schuster Publishing you have nothing to lose by giving this book a chance. If you have children that are between the ages of 7 and 13, you really should have them read this book. Or, better yet, sit and read it together. You will enjoy the story and its moral shines through and could open up a new topic to talk with your child about.
I rate this “Newfangled Fairy Tale” as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/EDITOR:
Bruce Lansky has edited a number of poetry anthologies (including Rolling in the Aisles, Kids Pick the Funniest Poems, If Kids Ruled the School, A Bad Case of the Giggles, Miles of Smiles, and No More Homework! No More Tests!), and 3 silly songbook anthologies. Lansky created the popular GigglePoetry.com website for children and the PoetryTeachers.com website for teachers. He also created the Girls to the Rescue series, the New Fangled Fairy Tales series, and the Can You Solve the Mysteries series.
Read Bruce’s biography here:
Visit his Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/bruce.lansky.3/