The Portly Princess Of Thynneland


In Thynneland, everyone, including the royal family, must maintain their weight and fitness levels. Failure to do so, results in expulsion to the “Hinterland.” Princess Volumina, pampered daughter of King Rollo and Queen Reeda, became obese. At 18, she was banished to the “Hinterland” to lose weight. Volumina not only faced a difficult personal challenge but discovered that Thynneland was in danger of collapsing and that King Rollo’s advisors had failed to advise him. Banned from Thynneland until she could meet her weight and fitness goals and fearing the threat of famine and starvation to the kingdom was imminent, Volumina had to do something…would it be in time?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a very good story. It provides insight to how innocently parents and caring adults try to do the “right thing” for children, their own and others, and discover later that they actually hurt or confused the situation.

Content Awareness Factors:

There are no short-comings in this work.

Young Reader Reaction

This book offers many wise life lessons for readers both young and old. At first Ms. Marsh’s style seemed too obvious and I was feeling reluctant to continue reading. Then I put aside my attitude and found myself enjoying the story and started to chuckle as I read. The story presents common present-day dilemmas families face and reveals healthy solutions for the characters and their kingdom. Ms. Marsh has creative and fairy-tale solutions that give the reader satisfaction and joy. At the end of this book, you get a good, warm, fuzzy feeling.

Parent Reaction

This a very good story with a lot of potential for addressing questions and concerns that bother or concern young adolescents.

Type of Book:
This is an allegory for adolescents dealing with self-esteem issues.
Educational Themes:

There are multiple sub-plots in this fairy tale that offer copious opportunities for the reader/listener to think about or discuss parenting, self-image, sibling rivalry, accepting responsibility, courage, honesty, etc.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 13
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
This is definitely a “buy” recommendation. The good news is that it’s a hardback and can physically survive the many times that it will be taken off the shelf and read. The characters are believable, the plot and sub-plots are engaging, and the lessons ar

Title The Portly Princess of Thynneland
Author Kathleen Marie Marsh
Publisher Otter Run Books LLC © 2004
Illustrators Tom Lowes
ISBN 1595980164
Material Hard Cover
Cost $13.95
Genres Health & Wellness, Fairy Tale
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