Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

Natasha Farrant, illus. by Lydia Corry. Norton Young Readers, $19.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-324-01556-7
Filled with varied expressions of what it means to excel, culturally diverse fairy tale imaginings by Farrant (The Children of Castle Rock) pair with Corry’s naïf-style illustrations to present a series of episodic stories bound together by a single object. When an enchantress employs her magic mirror to discern, for her goddaughter’s benefit, the ways to become an “excellent princess,” the mirror—made pocket-size—visits young women in various locales and eras, all of whom are people who get things done. Princess Héloïse undertakes a forest quest to save her sickly sister, Princess Tica must decide how to handle a beloved crocodile, and Princess Abayome’s world is upended by her father’s new wife. From Russian royalty fallen on hard times to a young activist living in a concrete apartment building, each must identify what makes her unique and use those traits to overcome her obstacles. Joyful retellings of time-honored fairy tales to inspire and challenge a new generation. Ages 9–12. (May)
Reviewed on : 05/13/2020
Release date: 05/05/2020
Genre: Children's
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