The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales

by Gail Carson Levine

Hardcover, 2006



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HarperCollins (2006), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages


Contains six previously-published adaptations of fairy tales by Gail Carson Levine.


Original language


Physical description

400 p.; 6 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member bunwat
This was just charming. It is a series of short stories based on traditional folk tales but with a funny twist to each one. Lily Taylor's voice is clear and pleasant and her pacing is good, she reads the stories rather than trying too hard to perform them, leaving me some freedom to imagine things
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for myself. That's the kind of narration I generally prefer.
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LibraryThing member NashNordin
The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales is a collection of fairy tales that are retold by Gail Carson Levine. The book contained six princesses’ short stories — The Fairy Mistake (Toads and Princesses), The Princess Test (The Princess and The Pea), Princess Sonora and The Long Sleep
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(Sleeping Beauty), Cinderellis and The Glass Hills (The Princess and The Glass Hills), For Biddle’s Sake (Puddocky) and The Fairy’s Return (The Golden Goose).

I was a bit skeptical after reading the first story, The Fairy Mistake. I knew that I’ve heard the story before and I wasn’t expecting that Levine would do a good job on retelling other stories. But halfway through the book, I fell in love with Levine’s Princess Sonora and The Long Sleep — Levine’s version of Sleeping Beauty. This story is my favorite among all of them. In this version, Princess Sonora was granted with intelligence. She can talk when she was just a baby. Instead of avoiding herself from the curse where she would be prick by a spindle, she decided to prick herself when the right time comes. But then, an accident occurred…

The story was short and sweet. I kind of like Levine’s style in this book as compared to the last book I read from her, Ever. But I probably enjoy it a bit more if I were a child.
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