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The Door in the Hedge
The Door in the Hedge: And Other Stories | Robin McKinley
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Ensorcelled princesses . . . a frog that speaks . . . a magical hindNewbery Medal winner Robin McKinley opens a door into an enchanted world in this collection of original and retold fairy tales The last mortal kingdom before the unmeasured sweep of Faerieland begins has at best held an uneasy truce with its unpredictable neighbor. There is nothing to show a boundary, at least on the mortal side of it; and if any ordinary human creature ever saw a faerieor at any rate recognized oneit was never mentioned; but the existence of the boundary and of faeries beyond it is never in doubt either. So begins The Stolen Princess, the first story of this collection, about the meeting between the human princess Linadel and the faerie prince Donathor. The Princess and the Frog concerns Rana and her unexpected alliance with a small, green, flipper-footed denizen of a pond in the palace gardens. The Hunting of the Hind tells of a princess who has bewitched her beloved brother, hoping to beg some magic of cure, for her brother is dying, and the last tale is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses in which an old soldier discovers, with a little help from a lavender-eyed witch, the surprising truth about where the princesses dance their shoes to tatters every night.
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hissingpotatoes
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She had told the frog, "Certainly, anything"; and her father had brought her up to understand that she must always keep her word, the more so because as Princess there was no one who could force her to.

#fantasydragon #adventureathon #fantasyadventureathon

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hissingpotatoes
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But the world turns, and even legends change; and somewhere there is a border, and sometime, perhaps, someone will decide to cross it, however well guarded with thorns it may be.

#fantasydragon #adventureathon #fantasyadventureathon

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hissingpotatoes
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Panpan

2/5⭐ There wasn't really anything unique about these fairy tales, nor did they have a particularly excellent descriptive style to make the retelling interesting. Everything was hyperbole and completely unnuanced: every princess/prince beautiful and perfect and beloved by literally everyone, the weather always lovely, etc. I enjoyed Rana's story the most. #fantasydragon #adventureathon #fantasyadventureathon

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SW-T
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Lovely retelling of four fairy tales: the stolen princess, the princess the and frog, the golden hind, and the twelve dancing princesses.

*Art by Audrey Lopata Illustrations. Picked it up at an art festival ages ago.

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hdhubbard
Pickpick

10/10 Great retelling of some classic fairytales.

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bentchbites
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Here‘s my entry for the #evilqueenapril: Fairytales/Retellings

This was one of the books from the Library Showcase gifted by @Chachic last February. I haven‘t read it ? but I wiki‘ed and found out that it has two original stories and two retellings.
"The Stolen Princess"
"The Princess and the Frog", a version of "The Frog Prince"
"The Hunting of the Hind"
"The Twelve Dancing Princesses", a 77-page version of "Twelve Dancing Princesses”

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booksandsympathy
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"And so the years passed, and one generation gave way to the next, and the oldest trees in the oldest forests grew a little taller and a little thicker still; and the fireside tales of a family became the legends of a country."

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lauren.lerner
Door in the Hedge | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this #shortfiction collection of retold fairy tales more than expected. I particularly liked The Twelve Dancing Princesses, though all four tales were lovely. This was my first Robin McKinley but will certainly not be my last.

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5

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lauren.lerner
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Day #18 of #NovemberbytheNumbers. Fell asleep reading last night and when I woke up, I found that I am 18% into this book on my #kindle. Fortuitous indeed. (Also #fulldisclosure: I have no books with the number eighteen in the title plus my cold is back full force so this is about as creative as I‘m capable of being right now. 😫🤧) #sotiredofbeingsick #pityparty

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lauren.lerner
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Changing gears for my Friday evening read. #shortfiction #currentlyreading #kindle

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jpmcwisemorgan
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I‘ve had this one for awhile and it‘s making its way into the rotation soon so I thought I‘d share it for the #shortstories prompt for #30daysofreadathon.

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booksandsympathy
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No sophomore slump for some of my favorite fantasy authors. These three ladies continue to leave me in awe of their world building. I honestly don't know how they do it. #sophomorenovel #jubilantjuly

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