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My favourite book as a child
on 28 December 2003
No matter what she does, Princess Amy (christened Amethyst) cannot be as perfect as her six older sisters, each one more perfect than then next. This is because at her christening, a disgruntled fairy cursed her with being Ordinary.
So when her parents resort to dragons and rewards in their attempt to get this very ordinary girl married off, she runs away to the forest to be friends with the woodland creatures who accept her for who she is.
And she finds that being ordinary is not such a curse after all - I don't want to give away how!
What I loved about this book was all the descriptions - all the jewels and velvets of court life, the banquets, the woodland creatures and comforts. And they are a delightful foil for the ordinariness (yes I know it's not a word) of Amy - she comes across as even more real and down-to-earth because of her fairytale surroundings.
There are plenty of ridiculous characters for humour too, in case you think this is a bit worthy.
This book is a beautiful fairy story for those who've outgrown the traditional ones - and I still enjoy reading it!
Definitely five stars!