Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be prettyAza’s singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can “throw” her voice. Parents need to know that Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest is a fairy tale from the author of Ella Enchanted. The heroine, Aza, is refreshingly less attractive than your. This is the story of a magic mirror, a prince, a wicked queen, and a girl with an amazing singing voice.
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True beauty is beneath the surface. Love and respect from family and friends leviine one to overcome low self-esteem. A girl is gagged, tied up, and left in a dungeon cell, then threatened to be killed by a guard or eaten by ogres. Poisoning by apple also threatens death.
The heroine, Aza, is refreshingly less attractive than your average protagonist and suffers from quite a bit of self-doubt because of it.
Aza is tricked and imprisoned in a dungeon where she’s tied up with a gag in her mouth. When she escapes, there’s the threat of being killed by a guard or eaten by an ogre.
Innocent words of love exchanged, and there’s some hand-holding and kissing. Add your rating See all 6 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 30 kid reviews. Left as a baby, Aza is found by a loving innkeeper and wife who raise her as their own.
She grows up to be large and not pretty, causing her shame and low self-esteem. But, she is kind and has a gift for song, making curious guests drawn to her, including a wise gnome and a duchess. She is invited to the castle as the handmaid for the king’s wedding to a mysterious young woman from another land. This new queen befriends Aza and learns of Aza’s gift of song and the ability to “illuse”: The queen threatens to harm Aza’s family unless Aza illuses a voice for her at the kingdom Sings.
Aza learns that the queen has been given beauty through a magical mirror from the Fairy Lucinda, the same one in the book Ella Enchanted.
A creature lives in the mirror, giving the queen poor advice on running the kingdom while the king is ill. Aza’s illusing is soon revealed but not before she goes to the mirror and asks for beauty. With physical beauty, the problems begin for Azaincluding imprisonment and a run-in with a poison apple. Author Gail Carson Levine has mastered the art of twisting fantasy and creating interesting characters that cagson likable and somehow relatable to today’s kids.
Aza is smart, competent, and gifted in levvine, a highly honored and valuable means of communication in this society. This skill becomes the tool for the newly married, beautiful young queen to win the hearts of the kingdom. Families can talk about why Aza is a good and kind person worth rooting bt.
Fairest Book Review
Is it because she grows up in a house of love and respect? How is Fairest different form other princess stories? Why do you think princess stories remain popular in modern culture? Does this make you feel differently about first impressions and judging others?
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Stay up to date on lecine reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Carsonn say Kids carso. Parent of a 8 year old Written by clarisaBellamy September 25, Another wonderfully empowering story from Gail Carson Levine. My 8-year old loved this book, and so do I. This story includes many subtle lessons: Adult Written by gwil November 3, Fairest it will teach kids on it to judge people by how they look just whats on the inside!
Aza just wants beauty so she can fit in and not be the VERY oddball. And Ijori is also s Teen, 14 years old Written by Bbbbbbbi June 18, This is my fav book! Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Gail Carson Levine Genre: HarperCollins Children’s Books Publication date: September 19, Publisher’s recommended age s: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More.
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