The Princess Test

The Princess Test

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Overview

Gail Carson Levine charmed the world with Ella Enchanted, her spirited retelling of the Cinderella story. Now this award-winning author turns her attention to two more classic fairy tales, and deftly turns them upside down and inside out with her trademark wit and hilarity.

In The Fairy's Mistake, two very different sisters have two very different encounters with the fairy Ethelinda. Rosella is kind and helpful. Her reward: Jewels and gems tumble out of her mouth whenever she speaks. Myrtle is rude and spiteful. Her punishment: Bugs and vipers slither out of her mouth. The fairy Ethelinda feels she's meted out justice just right—until she discovers Rosella has been locked up by a greedy prince and Myrtle is having the time of her life!

In The Princess Test, King Humphrey has decided its time for his son, Prince Nicholas, to marry. But he must make sure the bride is a real princess. So he devises a series of princess tests, designed to weed out the phonies and the fakes. Meanwhile, Nicholas has fallen in love with Lorelei, a mere blacksmith's daughter. She's no princess, but he wants to marry her all the same—but how will she ever pass the terrible tests?

In these first two delightfully entertaining, laugh-out-loud Princess Tales, Gail Levine gently spoofs the notion that fairies are always right and that tests can never prove a persons worth, but holds fast to the notion that true love will always win in the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060280628
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/1999
Series: Princess Tales Series
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 607,374
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.


Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. He lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

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Chapter One

Once upon a time, in the village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the Kingdom of Biddle, a blacksmith's wife named Gussie gave birth to a baby girl. Gussie and her husband, Sam, named the baby Lorelei, and they loved her dearly.

Lorelei's smile was sweet and her laughter was music. But as an infant she smiled only four times and laughed twice. The rest of the time she cried.

She cried when her porridge was too hot or too cold or too salty or too bitter or too sweet. She cried when her bath-water was too hot or too cold or too wet or not wet enough. She cried when her diaper was scratchy or smelly or not folded exactly right. She cried when her cradle was messy or when her mother forgot to make it with hospital corners. She cried whenever anything was not perfectly perfect.

Sam and Gussie did their best to make her happy. Lorelei was the only village baby with satin sheets and velvet diapers. She was the only one whose milk came from high-mountain yaks. And she was the only one who ate porridge made from two parts millet mixed with one part buckwheat. But still she cried.

She cried less as she learned to talk.

Then one day Lorelei said, "Father dearest and Mother dearest, I'm terribly sorry for crying so much. You have been too good to me."

Gussie said, "Oh honey, it's all right."

Sam said, "Gosh, we thought you were the cutest, best baby in this or any other kingdom."

Lorelei shook her head. "No, I was difficult. But I shall try to make it up to you. And now that I can explain myself, everything will be much better." She smiled. Then she sneezed. And sneezed again. She smiled shakily. "I fear I have a cold."

From then on, Lorelei stoppedcrying. She didn't stop being a picky eater, and she didn't stop needing everything to be just so. She just stopped crying about it.

Instead, Lorelei started being sick and having accidents.

If a child in the village of Snettering-on-Snoakes had a single spot, Lorelei caught the measles. If a child two villages and a mountain away had the mumps, Lorelei caught them, and the flu besides.

She loved the other children, and they liked her well enough. But if she played tag with them, she was sure to trip and skin her knee or her elbow or her chin. When they played hopscotch, she always twisted her ankle. Once, when she tried to jump rope, she got so tangled up that Gussie had to come and untie her.

When Lorelei turned fourteen, Gussie died. Sam and Lorelei were heart-broken. Sam swore never to marry again because Gussie was the sweetest wife anybody could ever have.

"Besides," he added, "all the old tales say that stepmothers are mean to their stepdaughters. You'll never have to worry about that, Lorelei honey."

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loeb001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I love it. The book is about a grown girl, Lorelei, who cannot take care of herself in the slightest bit. Additionally, ever since she was a baby she has had to have the best things, as if she were a princess, even though she was not. Lorelei's mother dies and her father refuses to get married, but has to go on his annual trip; therefore he hires a keeper for his daughter. Towards the end of the book a prince the daughter has met is looking for a princess. Even though Lorelei is not a princess he still loves her; however she has to pass a princess test given by his parents, which includes snooty things only a true princess would know.
JenniferHauschildt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a retelling of the Princess and the Pea. Lorelei is accident prone and sickly. She is constantly getting a rash or getting hurt. Her housekeeper is sick of taking care of her, so she thinks of ways to kill her. The housekeeper left Lorelei in the forest. Lorelei finds her way to the castle just in time for the princess test that the king and queen were administering to find their son a bride. Lorelei passes all of the tests and she got to marry prince Nickolaus. My personal Reaction - I liked the story. It was a short chapter book, and the story flowed well. Since it is a love story about a princess, I assume girls would like it better than boys.Classroom Extension Ideas - - I would use this as a small group book in a 4th grade classroom. After the group is done reading the book I could have a list of questions ready for them to answer or a webquest to solve.- I would read this book aloud to a 2nd grade class, along with viewing the movie of the Princess and the Pea. We can compare and contrast the two.
Nicole.nmut8184 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a blacksmith's daughter named Lorelei who is very clumsy. She is always hurting herself. When things couldn't get worse her mother dies and her father has to go away for a while to work. Lorelei is old enough to be alone, but she would get hurt often. Her father hires a sitter named Trudy. Trudy is so annoyed by Lorelei that she plans to kill her. One day they went in the forest for a picnic and Trudy "gets lost" so Lorelei is left alone. She finds the palace of a Prince named Nicholas who likes her. Prince Nicholas is finding someone to marry, but they have to take a special test to see if they can find a true princess. Will Lorelei be the one? :)
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty retelling of the story of the Princess and the Pea. It explained something that bothered me about the original, how the delicate girl survived childhood without her parents strangling her.I ordered this after reading Ella Enchanted, and I was sorry to find out it is really a short story rather than a novel - but it was an enjoyable read all the same.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book. I want Gail to write more in this seres.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was an easy quick read. It was exciting and entertaining. The story has a predictable ending in a fairy tale way. Our book group enjoyed reading this book and looks forward to more stories from 'The Princess Tales' by Gail Carson Levine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Princess Test is a pretty good book for girls, but most guys wouldn¿t like it. I liked the book but some parts were kind of aggravating. One of the parts I didn¿t like so much was when Trudy kept trying to kill Lorelei. Once she left Lorelei in the woods so she would pass away even though Lorelei really cared about her Other parts of the book were funny .One I liked was how when Lorelei was a baby she would cry unless everything was perfect. She only smiled twice when she was a baby,¿ it¿s kind of sad if you ask me¿. My favorite part is at the end after Lorelei takes some tests, but to bad I can not tell you what happens. You should read the Princess Test.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really advise people to read this book. It was the best book in the library.This book was FANTASTIC.It was very funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a a wounderful twist on the classic The Princess And the Pea. I read it quickly and it was good. I am planning on reading all the princess tales. Gail Carson Levine is my favorite author. I hope you read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a great retelling of the princess and the pea. This is one of my favorites out of The Princess Tales
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Gail Carson Levine rewrites your favorite fairy tales to be so funny. I also recommend the other books by Gail Carson Levine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a princess, her mother is dead, and someone comes to take care of her. But, she gets into trouble. Then she meets a prince and has to take a test to get married to him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It is my favorite along with Cinerellis and the Glass Hill in the whole series of the Princess Tales. It is about a girl who gets lost and finds herself at the castle, where the next few days she will be taking tests, as the title states. It was a really good book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Ella Enchanted and fell in love with it, but i'm kinda dissapointed with this one. It could be a little longer---more elabration on the tests she takes. But, I found the charicters entrancing; Lorelei is a very sencitve girl who can do nothing but embrioder, I found King Humphrey(what a weird name for a book person!) is my fave. He uses synonyms for everything he says, he even addresses his son as 'my son or heir'. Anyway, great book in general.