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The Light Princess (Xist Classics) by [George MacDonald, Maurice Sendak]

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The fact that George MacDonald--a scholar as well as a preacher and writer--once read this fairy tale to his students instead of giving them a lecture says volumes about the man and his beliefs. It also says much about his faith in the power of stories. The Light Princess is a simple enough tale, clearly written for children--a princess at her christening is cursed by a wicked witch with lightness (she floats blissfully about the castle all day long, and gets into all sorts of adventures, as one can easily imagine)--yet it holds a powerful spiritual truth. Gravity, weight, sorrow, suffering--all of this the princess misses, but with all of these she misses love, for what is love without weight, without body? What is love without falling? She discovers this truth, of course, only at the last minute when a faithful prince loves her enough to die for her.

Sometimes it's not a ponderous lecture--or sermon--that we need in order to experience what incarnation is about. --Doug Thorpe.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4The long-awaited princess, a newborn only child, is cursed at her christening by an uninvited disgruntled outrageous guest. The curse: lightness of body and spirit. The princess is given to uncontrollable floating and merri ment. The cure is love, which makes her cry and brings her down to earth. McKinley has cut approximately two thirds of MacDonald's 19th-Century fairy tale, keeping the spirit, grace, and wit of the original. She also keeps the king's inane Chinese philosophers, Hum-Drum and Kopy-Keck, MacDon ald's tasteless but harmless creations whose worst fault is that theirs is the section of the story that children skip over and forgetthey are truly, deeply boring; mercifully, here they are cut to a minimum. Treherne's buoyant, styl ized, full-page, full-color watercolors are reminiscent of Errol LeCain's. In tricate borders pick up a minor pattern in each picture and frame it with stun ning effect. Nothing much has been done with this classic since Maurice Sendak (Farrar, 1969) illustrated it with wonderful tongue-in-cheek formality. This new edition brings a younger gen eration a charming combination of tal ent.Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, Mich.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00ZK4OFLG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Xist Classics; Illustrated edition (June 12, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 12, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 482 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 65 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 140 ratings

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This hardcover, leather bound edition of George MacDonald's "Light Princess", published by Rabbit Room Press is absolutely gorgeous! The illustrations are beautiful as well (see pictures). Rabbit Room Press is run by some of my favorite artists (writers & musicians) who have the utmost respect for books and authors like George MacDonald. I was so excited to see that Jennifer Trafton (Author of "The Rise & Fall of Mount Majestic") wrote the Foreword and Andrew Peterson (Author of "The Wingfeather Saga") wrote the Afterword. I love both of these writers!

It made me sad to see that some negative reviews for an edition published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing got attached to this book. When you are viewing this book, if you click on "Paperback" it takes you to the book put out by CreateSpace and this is the edition that looks like it was put together in someone's home. I recently purchased a version of the "The Light Princess" that was published by CreateSpace & I immediately returned it because it was terrible to look at. I wish there was a way to separate those reviews from this book published by Rabbit Room Press. Rabbit Room does beautiful work!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, appalling printing
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