Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 40
Format : Children's Fiction
Reason for Reading : 999 Challenge

Farmer Peter has always wanted to live in a castle doing fine deeds that will win him the love of a beautiful princess. One day a fair lady appears to him in a dream telling him to go to the Kings castle and solve the riddle of the princesses. Off he sets and becomes a gardener as he believes he is too lowly to try for a higher station.

Th King has twelve daughters and every night he locks them in their room to sleep. Each morning their dancing shoes are worn through and they are pale and tired. Many princes have tried to solve the riddle of what is going on but have all disappeared. Doing the gardening Peter finds a rare flower growing among the weeds that causes him to be invisible when he wears it in his buttonhole. Wearing it he is able to follow the princesses and discover their secret and hat the fate of the princes has been. Along the way he falls in love with the youngest princess, Elise, and together they break the spell.

Based on the Brothers Grimm tale, I bought it mostly for the sumptous illustrations by KY Craft. It is beautifully retold and recommended to all lovers of fairy tale. A lovely edition to read alongside young children who can gaze forever at the stunning artwork that goes alongside the tale.


Jill said...

This looks like a wonderful version of that story. I'll be on the lookout for it! Thanks for the review.

Ladytink_534 said...

Those illustrations are beautiful! I had a story book with this in it when I was a child. It was one of my favorites.

Ana S. said...

Judging by the cover, the illustrations alone do seem more than worth it!