The Ordinary Princess Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2002
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About the Author
M. M. Kaye (1908-2004) was born and grew up in Simla, India. Her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the Raj. M. M. Kaye won worldwide fame for The Far Pavilions, which became a best-seller on publication in 1978.
She also wrote a series of detective novels, including Death in Kashmir and Death in Zanzibar, and an autobiography, published in three volumes, collectively entitled Share of Summer: The Sun in the Morning, Golden Afternoon, and Enchanted Evening.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
I would heartily recommend this to anyone who wants to get a book full of true humour and, sounds daft, but sunshine. This is a wonderful fairy story and I must say that reading it as an adult has reconfirmed my love of it.
Every page in this book is filled with memories of my childhood - how many other little girls make believe they're an ordinary princess too, especially when they have a wood to run through behind their house, just like Amy.
My well-read and battered copy can now have a well deserved rest as I place an order for my new copy. I'll also be ordering a copy for my children. If there are any females in your family, young or old, make this a magical Christmas and get them a copy - much better than fluffy slippers :- )
A funny, wry book which still has the magic of a fairytale.
Set in the fictional kingdom of Phantasmorania, a royal family tries inviting fairies to the christening of their beautiful seventh baby daughter, only for one bad-tempered fairy to get caught in a traffic jam and crossly give the child the gift of Ordinariness. Princess Amy is not worried about this as she grows up, but once she is of marriageable age it creates a major diplomatic issue. The king decides to hire a dragon, and lock her away in a tower to be rescued by an over-excited prince. Amy thinks this is nonsense. So she runs away.....
It is beautifully written, it contains a lot of gentle mickey-taking humour that knocks the current crop of plastic Disney princesses out of the water, and this new edition contains an introduction from M. M. Kaye on how she came to write the book (after a binge-read of Andrew Lang fairy tales, apparently), and M. M. Kaye's original pencil-sketch illustrations, which are different to the ones in my childhood edition, and are absolutely lovely.
Reading age 8+ years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely and fresh fairytale with an original character in Princess Amy. Quite a quick story but worth the read. I wish I'd read it as a child, I think I would treasure it more.Published 3 months ago by Jaz (Cloud Child)
What a refreshingly contemporary feel to this princess-needs-a-husband story.
In true fairytale style, the seventh princess is blessed with gifts by a host of fairies,... Read more
I loved this story as a child and am now reading it to my children. It is still amazingly fresh, and a delight to find a story of a young woman who is determined to do things her... Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. Nicholls
Bought as a gift for my friends daughter, but just had to read it myself.Truly engaging story full of lovely words and happiness.Published 11 months ago by ronnie
A delightful read and feel-good story. Highly recommended especially if you do not conform to expectations. 'Be yourself'! Who knows? Serendipity awaits just around the corner! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elaine M Davis
This is a wonderful story with lovely illustrations by the author. I highly recommend it as a refreshing change from the usual princesses.Published 18 months ago by Irish Gal