Saturday, April 16, 2011

Wide Awake Princess (both of them!)

The Wide Awake Princess
by E.D.Baker

In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwendolyn, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie is blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic. Only Annie can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.
But who is Gwen's true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own. (summary from GoodReads)

E.D. Baker throws in some of almost every fairy tale out there as she concocts this story, but somehow it worked. I enjoyed reading this 'fractured' fairy tale with the hopes that I could share it with some of my advanced reading 3rd graders. By the time I was done there were 4 girls lined up and waiting to read the book that had me so engrossed and giggling. The main character, Annie, was ordinary and that's what makes her endearing!! No fairy tale beauty for her. No Prince Charming coming to rescue her. Yet so many princess books today have overblown and over-the-top heroines - not this one. She was just ordinary and celebrating that was a joy. It was a light, fun book that was perfect for reading during testing week.

Just a note - The cover is adorable but looks more cartoon-ish than the book is. The reading interest level would probably be middle reader, but my little gals in class are dying to try it.

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Tonight MY princess is staying wide-awake as well.

Our daughter,Jennie, and her husband, Kyle, are more than heroes as they chaperone a team at the Relay for Life Cancer walk. They have been there since early this afternoon and will be there through the night until 6:00 am. This is the luminaria that Jennie made in honor of her grandpa (my dad), who passed away from the results of lung cancer this last summer.

We are sure proud of them and all that they do!!

On a school note -

We survived the AIMS test in our 3rd grade classroom!!
These standardized tests are killers!
The kiddos get so nervous, but at least they took them seriously.
The tests are not timed so the students all made sure that they had plenty of books to read when they finished. (I adored seeing them all with their noses in books and really in the 'reading zone!')
It was three days of intensive testing, no recess, and even
the 'testing-police' came to make sure we were following standards and protocol!!

Yeah!! Big sigh of relief!
I can't believe the school year is almost over!

We spent the morning cleaning and busy with projects. Tonight we finished our Saturday up with a bike ride. Now I'm ready to read!!
Next up for reading - some 'Battle of the Books' books to prepare for next year; The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli and A View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg.
I love Saturdays!


Suey said...

This book was the HUGE hit at the book fair this year. Could not keep it on the shelves. Of course, my daughter ended up with one, and then, when she read it, her reaction was just ho hum about it. It guess it ended up to not be quite what it was cracked up to be in her opinion. Oh, well. I guess that happens sometimes!

Susan said...

Oh, my 9-year-old (Third Grade!) daughter would love this one. I need to get it for her. I hope her AIMS scores turn out alright - she said she was so excited for the free reading time following the tests that she sped through all the AIMS questions as fast as she could. Hopefully not too fast :)