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Princess Pearl Paperback – 19 Oct 2006
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Splendid (Daily Express)
A mystical tale set in an underwater palace, this is a modern story of dreams coming true but with a really classic feel to it (Cork Evening Echo)
Beautifully illustrated. (Daily Express)
Story about love and friendship. Illustrations with an underwater setting.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It does bother her, though, that the slim and attractive Queen should have married 'that fat, ugly King'. (To be fair, he looks like a boiled egg with Gerard Depardieu's nose attached.) Considering the book's message is partly to do with 'inner beauty' I'm personally more bothered by the fact that Princess Pearl herself just happens to be a ravishing beauty on the outside too. Blond-haired Charis, meanwhile - whose good heart wins her over - bears a passing resemblance to your average boy band member. If it's hardcore inner beauty you're looking for - unaided by flawless good looks - then stick a copy of Shrek in the DVD player. There's no denying, though, that little girls like to look at pretty faces (my daughter was gutted that Princess Fiona turned into an ogre), and these gorgeous illustrations offer plenty to coo over at bedtime.
It's a bit pedantic to point out that Pearl would almost certainly have had a female servant assigned to her... I don't suppose pumpkins are very often transformed into carriages, or girls put to sleep for a hundred years with the prick of a spindle, and Princess Pearl is located very firmly in the realm of fairy tales. In fact, it deserves to be up there with Snow White and her ilk. It's just not quite as politically correct as it thinks it is.
It is a beautiful book with illustrations that add extra elements to the story (rather than just visualising what has been said). My daughter's favourite page is the last one where Pearl and Charis are swimming to the surface and Pearl discards her souvenirs.
Some of the wording will be wasted on the very young, and while it can at times feel a bit contrived, it is nonetheless a moving story about true love; all that it demands and all that it rewards.