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The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 133 user ratings
ISBN:1619636174
LANGUAGE:English

"This is another book that has been on my TBR pile for a very long time. I finished Princess Diaries part 3 whilst in my lunch break at work and had left book 4 at home, so I grabbed this from my tray and sat down with it.
I was halfway after 40 minutes so decided to bring it home with me to finish.
Princess Emeralda or Emma as she likes to be called is a real princess, although she doesn't act like one, her laugh is loud and invasive, she is clumsy and ungraceful. And she doesn't want to marry the man her mother has chosen for her. Her aunt is a Green Witch who is quite powerful, but Emma seems to make a mess of any spells she casts.
When out hiding from her suitor, Emma walks to the swamp, whilst there she runs into a frog. Shocked when it speaks to her she runs away. But the next day she is curious and goes back. The frog asks her for a kiss explaining he is a Prince under a witches curse. At first she doesn't believe him but then her mother announces that she is organizing Emma's wedding to stuck up Jorge, so Emma figures there isn't much to lose and so kisses the frog. This doesn't work out as planned either - instead of turning the Prince back, Emma ends up as a frog. Together they set out to find a way to break the spell.

I've only read one book by E.D Baker before and didn't really like it, but in this one I really liked her writing style and voice and felt myself pulled into the story. I knew a bit about the story before hand but not a lot, so I went in with an open mind.
I liked Emma, she was someone that I felt you could relate too. Not sure of herself or what she is meant to be. Always feeling like she is letting others down but with an inner strength. The Prince is quite full of himself at first but shows a deeper side and starts to soften towards Emma, and becomes really caring.
Their adventures are quite exciting and there are many twists and turns.
A very easy read, children would love the magic and adventure and those slightly older would appreciate the love story. A great read. I am going to read the rest of the series now. I am hooked.
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"I picked this one up on Monday when I was bored out of my mind. I couldn't go to the book store that morning, and I had this book just sitting in my closet. I remembered how much I had adored this series when I was a little kid, so I picked up the book and began to read.

Princess Emeralda (Emma for short) is the princess, and sole heir, of her kingdom, Greater Greensward. Emma is no normal princess, and she would much rather spend time in the swamp that's right next to her castle than doting on dresses and hairstyles. Her mother often tries to primp her and create a perfect princess, so Emma spends far more time with her Aunt Grassina than her mother. Her Aunt Grassina is the Green Witch, the most powerful and kindest witch in the kingdom. Grassina loves to spend time with Emma, always encouraging Emma to use her magic, though Emma isn't very good, so she doesn't practice very often.

Always trying to make her daughter into a "proper princess," she invites Prince Jorge of East Aridia to visit the castle for a day to give Emma some royal company. Emma heads to the swamp to avoid the awkward encounter.

Upon entering the swamp, Emma encounters a talking frog who claims to be Prince Eadric of Upper Montevista. He tells her that a witch turned him into a frog and that the only way to return to his princely state is to receive a kiss from a princess. After constant badgering, she finally agrees, and kisses Eadric. But rather than Eadric becoming Human, when Emma opens her eyes, she has become a frog.

From there, Emma and Eadric must figure out how to return to their human forms, making a few animal friends along the way.

I found Emma to be a very annoying main character in this book. She was fairly whiny, though not the whole time (thank goodness). She could have been a lot more agitating, but she also could have been a LOT better. Oh well.

However annoying the main character was, it still wasn't a bad children's story. One of the best things about reading children's fiction is that there's no cursing, so it was very clean in addition to the fact that the story line wasn't bad. It was a little cliche with the whole "frog princess" thing, but it still had an original plot and it wasn't a bad read.

Either way, it wasn't bad for nostalgia purpose (a fun re-surfacing of my childhood), and it also had a story line that was interesting enough to make me read the sequels.
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"(Probably 3.5, if I'm being completely honest, but it was pretty fun and overall painless so I bumped it up a bit.)

Emeralda is a princess, but being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. Faced with the unpleasant prospect of being forced to marry the self-absorbed (and ladies' shoe-obsessed) Prince Jorge, she finds an unlikely confidante in a frog in the nearby swamp who claims to be an enchanted prince himself. Emma decides to finally give into his relentless requests to kiss him, but for some the charm backfires in a way neither of them could have expected. Emma and Eadric now must travel to find the witch who cursed the prince in the first place, in a desperate attempt to get them both back to normal (though this frog thing does have its unexpected perks...).

In my research for The Frog Prince for my Disney source material read-through I discovered that Disney's The Princess and the Frog was actually largely based on THIS story, and not just the original fairy tale (which, after reading, I can definitely see), and they even go so far as to credit this book and author in the end titles of the movie. I thought this was a pretty fun retelling of a familiar fairy tale. It took the key elements and kept the message and basic plot points intact, but turned them a little on their head to keep it fresh and interesting. Emma and Eadric are both pretty likeable, and do something that a LOT of books these days just can't seem to do -- make their characters bicker but not be too unpleasant. Too many books push the banter too far and it just gets annoying (not to mention that the hate/love story comes off as unrealistic), but these two seem like they're frustrated and occasionally vexed with each other, but are still fairly pleasant people not-too-deep down. The story was a simple and fairly predictable, but it was a fun journey, and the side characters that gather around throughout keep things interesting, and even provide a couple of little twists that you don't even realize were twists. It wasn't deep or life-changing or anything, but it was fun fairy tale fluff, harmless and literary enough for young readers. I did think that the sort of contemporary vibe seemed not to work so well sometimes, and took me a little out of the setting, but eh, I was willing to go along with it considering the style and genre. I thought the green thing throughout the kingdom was pretty clever, and the writing was readable and not weighed down with too many details or overlong traveling. And considering that the main characters spend most of the book as fairly realistically-presented amphibians (and considering my lifelong phobia of frogs -- I know, it's ridiculous, but hey, with some people it's snakes or spiders, with me it's frogs), they were pretty charming.

As an adaptation, I think Disney did as good a job as they usually do (which is to say, pretty good). They took the basic story and added their own brand of magic, as well as setting and time period and take on the "princess," and voila, it's a masterpiece. Part of me thought a more faithful retelling of the book might be fun to see animated or filmed, but the other part thinks that the changes they made were pretty great, so I'll gladly take it. It's also likely that my love of the Disney movie had something to do with my enjoyment of this book (though I have read the source material for other beloved films that I just didn't care for, so maybe not). It could be that Disney's take doesn't seem as original when you know it's based on this one, but they still definitely made it their own.

Apparently Disney's (fantastic) The Princess and the Frog is based more on this (not quite as fantastic) book than on the original fairy tale, which makes sense when you know the premise. As a book this wasn't the most incredible thing ever, but for a fairy tale retelling it was fun and fluffy and just right in a lot of ways (length, number of characters, interaction between the heroine and hero). Apparently this is the first in a series, and I actually wouldn't mind reading more of it one day, particularly the prequel. Cheers to a book that somehow made me care about frogs.
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" I liked the book more than the movie :) " said.

" My ten year old daughter loves the books in this series and suggested that I read them, so I began reading the first one. . . My thoughts for the first 100 pages were mostly that I was getting too old to enjoy this kind of fiction. Then, the story improved and I ended up enjoying it. Emalee has already asked me to read the next one so we "can talk about it." :-) " said.

"OMG this was so cute. I loved the Disney movie The Princess and The Frog, so when I saw this I had to give it a go. I enjoyed reading the tale of Princess Emeralda or better known as Emma. Emma who is not your typical princess and who is always clumsy. One day she is told that she is now engaged to a prince that loves himself more than he loves others. Not wishing to marry a vain prince Emma decides run away to her favourite place by the swamp. In the swamp she meets a talking toad. This toad claims to be the lost prince Eadric. He tells her that he has been cursed by an old witch and that he needs a princess to kiss him to return back into a frog. So Emma kisses him and then promptly turns in a frog herself. With the help from a flurry of various animals. Emma and Eadric go on a adventure to find a way to turn them both back into humans.

This story has everything a classic fairy-tale should have, witches, fairies and lots of magic. I adored the writing style and the humour of this adorable tale.
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"The last Time I read this I must have been 12 or 13...jeez that's a decade ago, I'm so old ^.^ I had bought one of the books in the series and then realized it was number 3 instead of this one, I read it anyway and loved it so I went to the library and toke out the whole series and loved it. The Frog Princess is about an awkward princess who meets a frog prince, she kisses him and turns into a frog herself. This is definitely one of my favorite retellings of the Frog Prince, its original, cute and has talking animals. What more could a girl want? oh yeah, romance. it's not in your face all the time, but Emma and Eadric really have that spark, it just made me smile all the time.

This was a good coming of age story too, Emma is everything a princess is not. She's clumsy, got a laugh like a donkey, and she's a witch who screws up most of the time. She really finds herself as she travels and gets through the many obstacles of returning to a human. Eadric was just adorable, he would brag only to blush, he made the most of being a frog, and since he was one for a long time it really showed off his mental strength.

Overall this was a really cute story that I'd read to my kids, it just goes to show that sometimes the simple "happily ever after " stories are the best.
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"Great example of a fresh fairy tale, funny and charming characters

I haven't tried any E. D. Baker before, though I've seen lots of these books in the library. I finally tried this on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the easy listen. It's not one I think my son (aged 6) will enjoy, being, not only about a princess, but about (eurgh!) kissing, getting married, and boy-girl relationships.

Emerelda (Emma) is the princess of the title, who does NOT want to get married as her mother expects, or become a witch as her aunt (a witch herself) wishes. And she CERTAINLY doesn't want to kiss the frog she finds in the swamp, as he requests. But when she gives in and tries to turn him back into human form, it goes wrong and Emma becomes a frog herself. She and Eadric go on an adventure to attempt to turn them back back into their true selves. Eadric is annoying, eats flies, and won't stop talking about kissing. Can they work together and find a happy ending?

While this is a primary/lower secondary school read, it's very entertaining and is aimed well at the target market, with talking animals, lots of escapes and thrills, light romance, some good discussions about women and their roles.

A fairly short read, with particular appeal to girls aged 10-13. Plays with the usual conventions of fairy tales and makes the princess so much more rounded, with an atypical prince to root for as well.
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