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Princess Pearl Paperback – 19 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (19 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846162203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846162206
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.4 x 30.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,490,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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Story about love and friendship. Illustrations with an underwater setting.

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Format: Paperback
Princess Pearl has been blind since birth, lovingly cared for by a servant boy named Charis. When the King and Queen decree that it's time for Pearl to be married, she turns her back on wealth and fame and 'follows her heart' in true fairy tale fashion. Lavishly illustrated by Sophy Williams, Princess Pearl is likely to be an enormous hit with all aspiring princesses. My 8 year old daughter can't get enough of it.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Princess Pearl lives under the sea in a palace with her parents, the king and queen. Charis is a boy-servant who, although born on the island above the ocean, has served Pearl in her kingdom since they were both small. Charis has always been there for Pearl, initially because it was his job, but ultimately because, beyond that, he falls in love with her. One day they slip away together to visit the island, where Pearl feels the sun on her face for the first time. Subsequently, they make many such visits; each time Pearl takes back a small souvenir (like a flower or a leaf) to keep, in a box that she made and keeps locked away. The visits stop after Pearl has to consider an arranged marriage. In the end, Pearl refuses each of the proposed suitors in favour of Charis. Pearl and Charis leave the palace together to live on the island.

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.
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A childhood favourite of mine, purchased to share with my classes at school. I love that the main character is blind- how often are 'princess' characters portrayed with disabilities?
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story about authentic heart connection 29 Sept. 2012
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Format: Paperback
I loved this gorgeous story, and found it very uplifting. Blind Princess Pearl is REAL. She appreciates authenticity and refuses to be married off to a prince she cares nothing for. She makes a stand for beauty and a love that is solid and based in the realm of the heart. My 6 yr old daughter was also captivated by the story - and the illustrations are gorgeous.
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