The Practical Princess by Rebecca Lisle

The Practical Princess

Written by Rebecca Lisle

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This entertaining and enormously funny story tells how a modern day Cinderella may find her Prince Charming. When the Royal Palace holds a competition to find a perfect princess, farm girl Molly seizes her chance. Luckily, she has long blonde hear and has managed to get hold of some suitable clothes but will she pass all the tests of a princess? Can she detect the pea under the mattress? And how will she manage the spinning wheel? Molly is a resourceful girl and does find her way through to the final moment of selection. But does she really want Prince Charming anyway? Molly’s predicament is fun as well as raising important issues about the value of fame and wealth.


The Practical Princess by Rebecca Lisle

Molly the farm girl has always dreamed of being a princess, wearing gorgeous clothes and having a Princely husband. So when the Royal Palace holds a competition to find a perfect princess, Molly enters it and wins. But is Prince Percival really the man of her dreams? Or is it blue-eyed Stan the blacksmith she's left behind at the farm?


The Practical Princess is a story with a moral but lightly done and it proves a wonderful opportunity for young readers to spot all the other traditional tales that feature princesses. A lovely funny warm hearted story.

About the Author

Rebecca Lisle

Rebecca Lisle was born in Leeds to two artists. Having studied Botany at Newcastle University she then completed a PGCE at Oxford. Rebecca lived in France, Manhattan, and England before becoming a 'proper' writer. Awarded a distinction for her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, Rebecca is now married with three almost grown-up sons, who are the inspiration for many stories. When she is not writing Rebecca paints peculiar pictures of dogs.

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62 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st May 2008




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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