Thursday, November 3, 2011

Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler - ADVISABLE

Zahler, Diane Princess of the Wild Swans, 224 p. HarperCollins, JANUARY 2012. $17.  The youngest of a flock of children and the only girl, Princess Meriel has lived a life of luxury – and with servants at her beck and call, she has no desire to learn the womanly arts of a fine seam.  Now her father’s evil new bride has turned her older brothers into swans and it is only her sewing, her silence and her bravery, which can save them.  With just a few changes to the original story (the princess is not forced into marriage, nor is she almost burned at the stake), Zahler still weaves a rich story that reads like a classic fairy tale.  Lots of little girls will enjoy reading this.  EL, MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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