~The Ordinary Princess.....

I just re-read one of my all time favorite fairy tales.
~The Ordinary Princess~
by M.M Kaye

It is the story of Amy, a princess who is given the gift of being "ordinary", by her fairy godmother.

Amy leaves her home, to go work at a nearby castle ( in disguise ), when she hears that her father is trying to find a prince to marry her ( being so ordinary, that is starting to become a problem ).
While at the castle, she makes friends with a squirrel, named Mr. Pemberthy, a crow named Peter Aurelious, and a man-of-all work named Peregrine.

But sometimes extraordinary things happen to ordinary people!
I don't want to say any more for fear of spoiling the story, but be assured it is well worth reading.


  1. What fun!! I will definitely have to check that out. I think we all have at least a bit of princess in us - don't you? Much love - Raquel XO

  2. I have never heard of this fairytale story before...but it does sound quite interesting! :) Thank you for sharing a lil tid bit about it with us!

  3. I haven't read this book...will go look it up and get it to read, maybe to the whole family...

  4. Hi, I read your Mom's blog, and found yours through a comment you left on Aslaug's.

    Would this book be suitable for a nine year old? I'm always on the hunt for new titles for my voracious reader.

  5. Absolutely, Sally,
    And the pictures ( illustrated by the author ) are just lovely too.
    I know that it can be hard to find good reading material for 9 year olds :)


  6. Rosie, I bought this book for my Goddaughter, who is 8 and an avid reader. You are right, it is so hard to find appropriate books for that age group. This book had lovely illustrations, a good story, and great message.
    Yours, Rosemary

  7. Dear Rosie,
    I also found your blog through a you left on Aslaug's blog, which I found from your dear mama's blog, which I have followed for several years now. I have long felt admiration for, and kinship with, your family, and this post just confirms what kindred spirits you all are. This was one of my absolute favorite books as a child; I checked it out from the library over, and over, and over. But when I tried to find it as an adult, I found that it had gone out of print. My amazing husband, on my first birthday after we were married, got me a copy, which, being out of print, came rather dear. I treasure that copy, even though by worldly standards it has dropped pretty substantially in value, as I was pleased to find that, just a couple of years after that, it was reprintd, and can now be purchased online very easily and affordably! :-)
    This story was one of my collection of "run away and live in the forest" books (I never noticed until I was an adult how almost all of my favorites had this theme...hmmm....). Others I loved were "Ronia, the Robber's Daughter", by Astrid Lindgren, of Pippi Longstocking fame, and "The Tune is in the Tree", by Maud Hart Lovelace, of Betsy-Tacy fame. This one has illustrations by Eloise Wilkins, who is another favorite. It is also out of print, and can be difficult to find, but oh, so worth it, if you can. Let me know if you'd like to read it, but can't find it, and I'd be pleased to lend out mine.


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