The Fairy's Mistake (Princess Tales)

by Gail Carson Levine

Other authorsMark Elliott (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1999


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Due Apr 15, 2024

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HarperCollins (1999), Edition: 1st, 96 pages


In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, the fairy Ethelinda rewards one twin sister for good behavior and punishes the other for bad, only to discover that her punishment is more pleasing than her reward.


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96 p.; 4 inches

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LibraryThing member Velvet-Moonlight
Classic fairytale of a kind hearted girl and her evil sister, a wonderful imagination and a moral!
LibraryThing member volleyball10
This was a good book because it had twistes and turns. Thew most unexpected finishing. It is a kind of a twisted fairytale. You should read this book!
LibraryThing member francescadefreitas
Another delightful faerie tale retelling, this time the story of two sisters, one who chokes up jewels every time she speaks, and one who chokes up bugs.
I did find the ending of this one unsatisfying - no one really changed at all.
It is a short and amusing read.
LibraryThing member temorrison
This is a funny story about two sisters who have problems with things falling out of their mouth. One of the daughters, Rosella, has beautiful gems falling out of her mouth when she sings or speaks; the other sister has bugs falling out of her mouth when she sings or speaks. There is an older lady
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in the story who Rosella is nice to which makes all of this happen because she is fairy. Rosella meets the prince and eventually they get married and live happy forever. I think this is a great book for children, it has some humor to it, but also teaches children the importance of being nice to others.
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LibraryThing member Ignolopi
Toads and Diamonds: You may have heard the fairy tale of the two girls, one who speaks and has toads fall from her mouth, the other who speaks for diamonds. In the tale, this alone leads to a punished evil sister and a happily-ever-after for the diamond girl.

In this book, that is what the fairy
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thinks will happen, but it turns out she didn't get the outcome she desired.

The bad sister learns to take pleasure in the bugs coming from her mouth, setting them on races on which people bet.

The good sister gets engaged to a prince who has her read aloud to fill chests with jewels until her throat is scraped raw.

The fairy made a mistake - can she correct it and help the girls get what they deserve?

A short, fun, sweet and icky story, good for at least 6 re-reads.
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LibraryThing member bplteen
Review by: Ana

This book was by my favorite author. Not her best I think because of the plot that she made. It was a little cheesy. Still pretty good. I liked how everything blended and the characters.
Review by: Wanita

It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of sunhsine.
LibraryThing member katieloucks
I liked the retelling of this story.




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