Mary Mager: Pretend Princess

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An Upside Down Fairy Tale by Mary Mager

What can King Bartholomew do to ease the loneliness of his young wife, Queen Gabrielle, who longs for a child of her own?  Borrow one, of course! Little Olive becomes the Queen’s companion, growing up with one foot in a cottage and the other in a palace. Making new friends and having adventures in this new world, Olive discovers a life she never imagined while dealing with jealous classmates and a scheming, chin-whiskered lady-in-waiting. Olive learns that love has many faces when the King and Queen have a baby of their own.

Pretend Princess turns the traditional fairy tale upside down. There are no magic mirrors or spells here, just the power of love and friendship as a young girl finds herself to be a true princess, regardless of humble beginnings.  Full of humor and warmth, children will love this gentle tale of adventure and friendship. Pretend Princess is illustrated chapter book for middle grades, age 8 and up. Younger children will love it, too, as a bedtime story.

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