The Ordinary Princess

Princesses are supposed to be beautiful, aren’t they?  Drop-dead gorgeous, even.  That’s what the King and Queen of Phantasmorania expected of their seventh daughter.  The other six girls were just what everyone expected princesses to be.

But the Queen and the Ministers of State decided that all the fairies needed to be invited to the baby’s christening – a decision to which the King strongly objected.  “[T]o invite fairies to a christening is asking for trouble.  And getting it,” said the King.

He was overruled, and all the fairies attended Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne’s christening.  All of them granted the baby princess wonderful gifts of Charm, Wit, Grace and Courage.  Then the fairy Crustacea showed up and gave the princess her gift:  “You shall be Ordinary!”

Everyone is aghast!  Scandalized!  Who has ever heard of an ordinary princess?

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye tells the story of Princess Amy (such an ordinary name!), her mousy brown hair, and ordinary appearance.  But Princess Amy had a lot of fun – and everything turns out right in the end.

This short novella is a sweet, charming story of how the ordinary princess married the prince after all.  Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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