The Ordinary Princess was one of my favorite books growing up. This book is well loved, as you can see from the picture. It has been read dozens of times by me to the many people to which I have loaned it!
As with many fairy tales, this story begins with a fairy ‘gift’ bestowed upon Her Serene and Royal Highness, the Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne of Phantasmorania, also known as Amy. To the dismay of her royal parents and court attendants, this specific gift was to make Amy ordinary. From that point on, Amy looked nothing like her six beautiful, blonde and older sisters. Her hair turned brown, freckles appeared, and she preferred playing in the forest over other palace activities like embroidery.
When Amy reaches marriageable age, her father, the king, worries no one will want to marry his ordinary daughter. Therefore, he decides to hire a dragon as a ploy to marry her off (unseen) to the champion who defeats the dragon. As a result, Princess Amy decides she’s had enough of palace life, so she runs off to a neighboring kingdom where she ends up working as a palace kitchen maid. On her own, Amy learns a lot about herself and the world around her. She finds a newfound friendship with a ‘man of all work’ from the palace.
Consequently, when Amy finally returns home, it’s on her own terms and with newfound confidence in being herself. This book is fun and endearing, and includes pictures drawn by the author, which adds to its charm. While written on a middle grade level, older readers who enjoy classic fairy tales, will also fall in love with the story.