The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool

Margaret Gray, illustrations by Randy Cecil

Henry Holt and Co.

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Can a seafaring fairy godmother, a wise fool, and an enchanted hairstyle keep Princess Rose out of trouble?

"A very long time ago, when all the countries you’ve ever heard of were in different places on the map, a princess was born who was not beautiful. She wasn’t even remotely pretty, and the whole kingdom was in deep shock about it."

Princess Rose doesn’t get any prettier as she grows up, but the kingdom does get over its shock. Everyone adores the skinny, buck-toothed princess, and she doesn’t mind her appearance—until the handsomest prince in the world comes looking for a bride. Despite warnings from her seafaring fairy godmother and a wise fool named Jasper, reckless Rose wishes for beauty. She gets her wish, and the prince, but finds neither is as nice as she had expected.
 
The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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CHAPTER ONE

A very long time ago, when all the countries you've ever heard of were in different places on the map, and the world was still full of the dark, wide forests where fairies tend to live, a princess was born who was not beautiful.

She wasn't even remotely pretty, and the whole kingdom was in deep shock about it, because in those days just about everybody was beautiful. All the written records from the era (they're easy to pick out, because they begin "Once upon a time") are filled with accounts of beautiful people. Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella .

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Margaret Gray, illustrations by Randy Cecil

Margaret Gray started writing this story when she was a buck-toothed girl who read a lot of fairy tales. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter. This is her first book.

Randy Cecil has illustrated a number of children’s books about spunky little girls, including Dusty Locks and the Three Bears and Little Red Cowboy Hat. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool
Margaret Gray, illustrations by Randy Cecil

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Christopher Awards - Winner

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
October 2002
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805068474
ISBN10: 0805068473
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages, 52 black-and-white halftone illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 870L

$17.95
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