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The frog princess, E. D. Baker

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The frog princess
Title
The frog princess
Statement of responsibility
E. D. Baker
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward, fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog, too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means--and the self-confidence--to become human again
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  • Gr. 5-8. Shy and clumsy and facing an arranged marriage with a dull prince, Princess Emeralda hides out in the nearby swamp or escapes to the chambers of her aunt Grassina, who is a witch. One day she meets a talking frog, and, of course, the frog claims to be a prince. Eventually the frog persuades Emeralda to give him a kiss, but, in a twist on the familiar, Emeralda becomes a frog herself. The two frogs spend much of the rest of the novel trying to escape from predators in order to reach the castle. Eventually, with the help of her aunt, Emeralda breaks the curse, and she and Prince Eadric, who turns out to be not particularly handsome, regain their human forms. As it happens, the ending in this fairy-tale-twisting first novel is rather like a Shakespearean comedy, with lots of disguises revealed. Unlike some takeoffs that revolve around one joke, this manages to be entertaining throughout, helped along by Emeralda’s amusing first-person narration and the many witty lines. (Reviewed November 15, 2002) -- Todd Morning
  • Gr 4-6 – “An amusing fairy-tale adventure that takes the frog-turned-prince story a little further. Princess Emeralda is incredibly clumsy, she brays like a donkey when she laughs, and she would rather spend time outdoors or learning magic from her witch-aunt Grassina than marry self-centered Prince Jorge. When she runs off to the nearby swamp, she meets "Frog" who, naturally, claims to be an enchanted prince and begs her for a spell-breaking kiss. But when she finally complies, something goes terribly wrong, and suddenly Emma is a green-skinned, pond-hopping frog. She and Eadric spend the rest of the book trying to undo the spells that have bewitched them, struggling to avoid a dragon, a frog-eating dog, and an inept angry witch along the way. When they are finally released from their enchantments, it's clear they will live a happy–“if rather unconventional–“life together. Baker's characters, especially Emma and Eadric, are more than meets the eye. The tale moves at a good pace, and, though the happy ending is predictable, the trials and tribulations that precede it are interesting. However, it's difficult to determine the book's audience. While the story would appeal to primary to intermediate grade girls, the vocabulary is rather sophisticated and seems to be more suited to young adults. Perhaps it would work best as a read-aloud. For fairy-tale themes more in tune with their specific audiences, turn to Donna Jo Napoli's The Prince of the Pond (Dutton, 1992) for intermediates, and her Zel (Puffin, 1998) or Beast (Atheneum, 2000) for the older crowd.–“Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan (Reviewed January 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 1, p133)
  • This debut novel follows the adventures of 14-year-old Princess Emeralda and the talking frog she meets one day in a swamp. The frog begs her to give him a kiss so that he will turn back into Prince Eadric, his identity before an evil witch turned him into an amphibian. When the young royal obliges, she, too, is transformed into a frog, and the two leap off in search of the spell-casting witch to ask her to reverse her handiwork. Describing the duo's futile quest in laborious detail, the author pads her tale with some curiously drab characters, including another witch (who hopes to use Emeralda and Eadric in a spell she's concocting) and a bat and snake who reside in her cottage. The tale occasionally offers peppy dialogue and some comical scenes—particularly as the newly transformed Emeralda adjusts to catching flies with her tongue ("My eye-tongue coordination wasn't very good," she admits). Unfortunately, the plot doesn't make much of the magical elements (for example, the characters' encounters with a dragon and a nymph seem inconsequential), resulting in a disappointingly flat fantasy. Ages 8-14. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed November 18, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 46, p58)
  • Taking a princess's-eye view, Baker reworks the traditional story into high-spirited romantic comedy. Desperate for any alternative to a forced marriage, Princess Emma nerves herself to kiss a talking frog—and turns into one herself. As curses can only be removed by the witch who casts them, Emma and glib new acquaintance Prince Eadric of Upper Montevista set out to hunt her up. Fraught with dangers and punctuated with droll interludes as Emma struggles to get the hang of her new limbs and tongue, this shared quest is, naturally, just the ticket for cementing a close relationship. Boastful, libidinous, tender of ego, reckless, and unable to look beyond the next meal, Eadric is less archetypal hero than typical specimen of inept male, but he does have a good heart, and by the time the two achieve human form again, Emma will have no other—for a friend, that is: marriage will have to wait until she finishes a course in witchcraft. Like Donna Jo Napoli's Prince of the Pond (1992), this gives the well-known folktale a decidedly less than "Grimm" cast, and fans of Gail Carson Levine's "Princess Tales" should leap for it. (Fiction. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
102981
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Baker, E. D
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
710L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Tales of the Frog Princess
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frogs
  • Princesses
  • Princes
  • Witches
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The frog princess, E. D. Baker
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Copyright
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Content type MARC source
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Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9781582349237
Lccn
2002074506
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9781582347998
Label
The frog princess, E. D. Baker
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9781582349237
Lccn
2002074506
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781582347998

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