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The light princess by Robin McKinley

The light princess (edition 1988)

by Robin McKinley (Adapter), George MacDonald (Author), Katie Thamer Treherne (Illustrator)

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Title:The light princess
Authors:Robin McKinley (Adapter)
Other authors:George MacDonald (Author), Katie Thamer Treherne (Illustrator)
Info:San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1988. 43 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm. 1st ed
Collections:Your library, Unreviewed, RM
Tags:age: children's, genre: fantasy, type: hardback, used, read 2007

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The Light Princess [adapted - McKinley] by Robin McKinley



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This is originally by George MacDonald and adapted by Robin McKinley for younger readers.
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:17 -0400)

A curse causes a princess to have no gravity, but the help of a prince brings her back down to earth.

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