And sometimes I just feel funny in the head, so you know, there's that.
Last week, she grabbed this off the shelf and just started reading it. It was one of my ALL TIME FAVS; I think I read it circa twenty million years ago, or let's just say, when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. My mom gave it to me for Valentine's Day, isn't that sweet?
As you can see by the smudges and yellowing pages, this book has been very loved. But it's still in decent enough condition that I don't feel the need to replace it, like I had to do with my 'Great Swedish Fairy Tales' book.
One of my blog pals mentioned that she thought this post would be about Julia. I should have thought of that! Julia is most definitely a practical princess.
The gist of the book is this. Stories about girls who SAVE THEMSELVES. Or actually, in several of the stories, they save the prince who was supposed to save them.
These girls are calm. They are clever. They are patient and wise. (see also clever)
They see what needs to be done in any given situation, and they don't hesitate to act. I remember being DELIGHTED with this book when I first read it. These stories were fun, and funny, and even at age 8, I recognized that the girls in these stories were up to any task, and I knew that they were a refreshing difference from the standard fairy tale princess.
(i love how the witch wants to turn someone into a piece of paper and then throw them away.)
Everyone seems to know how full o' the awesome this book o' stories is because it commands a pretty dang high penny even for a used copy. So maybe you want to find someone who has it, 'borrow' it for awhile and then conveniently forget to return it. 'Cept don't ask me because I'm the queen of that ploy.
One princess falls for a fellow who is not too swift, shall we say. But she decides that he has made her life so much less BORING that she decides that she will be the brains for both of them, and off they go on their merry way. Some days, it is infinitely preferable to face dragons and evil wizards rather than endure one more day being BORED in the castle, ya know?
You know how it is.