The Princess Curse


It was no use. No matter what the King tried, he was buying new shoes for the princesses of Sylvania every day! Worst of all, people were disappearing and dying - his daughters' fiances, castle staff. Someone had to break this curse - and soon! Without a marriage, there would be war between the kingdoms. The Queen put out a call - and a huge reward - to the person who could break the curse. Reveka, an herbalist's apprentice and daughter to the castle gardener, wanted that reward. She could set up her own healing shop! What Reveka discovered she could save the kingdom - but was she willing to pay the price?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Fairy tale and adventure lovers will enjoy this well-told story of a young girl's quest to reach her dreams.

Content Awareness Factors:


Parent Reaction

I loved every moment of this book. Even though I knew the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, there were twists in this version that made it unique and ultimately, less selfish. The author also did a wonderful job weaving in more of the historical context of life in the Middle Ages.

Type of Book:
This is a fairy tale adventure that is part The 12 Dancing Princesses and part Rumplestiltskin.
Educational Themes:

This is a great text for older readers to discover how different stories can be woven together. It also demonstrates the difference between a fractured fairy tale and retelling of a story. Reveka faces some dilemmas - with her father, with the princesses, and others - that could be discussion points. For example, at one point she is deciding whether to disobey her father. You can stop there and ask "what would you do" or "what do you think would happen.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a wonderful retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses and is a very engaging story.

Title The Princess Curse
Author Merrie Haskell
Publisher Quake, Imprint Echelon Press © 2008
ISBN 9780062008152
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Mystery, Fairy Tale
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