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THE WITCH WHO WANTED TO BE A PRINCESS by Lois G. Grambling

THE WITCH WHO WANTED TO BE A PRINCESS

By Lois G. Grambling (Author) , Judy Love (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN: 1-58089-062-8
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Bella lives in a musty cottage and wears a tall, pointy hat and a long, black cape, but she dreams of being a princess and living in a castle and wearing jewels and silk dresses. As a witch who has graduated at the top of her class, changing one thing into another is one of Bella’s best spells. But after trying unsuccessfully to make the change, she consults her spell books where she learns that because of a dwindling population of witches, she is not allowed to change herself into anything else. She decides that the only way to become a princess is to marry a prince. Reading the personal section of her paper leads Bella into a modern-day fairy tale, complete with a handsome prince. Bella and her new beau, Franklyn of Styne, meet and fall madly in love. Detailed illustrations of the frightful couple and their magical surroundings are suitably cluttery, using a mix from double-paged spreads to spots in the text and offering plenty to look at. The intended message of the story is spelled out by Bella’s magic mirror: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”; unfortunately, it may leave readers with the idea that a homely person can only be loved by someone equally odd-looking. Not exactly bewitching. (Picture book. 4-8)