Fiction – Juvenile – High Fantasy
Age Range: 10 and up Grade Level: 4 - 8
Publication Date: 1990
Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1
Literary Awards: Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (1993)
Princess Cimorene isn’t your typical fairytale princess despite her family’s attempts to make her one. Nor does she want to be. Cimorene wants freedom to choose her own path, so when her parents arrange for her to marry she decides to it’s time to run away. Told to head to the Enchanted Forest by a frog Cimorene begin the adventure of her life. And the ending is anything, but typical, just like Cimorene.
So it is fairly obvious that while this book takes place in a typical fairytale book world, Cimorene, as a nonconformist, couldn’t have a typical story. This story has no rescue, no knight, no happily-ever-after, because Cimorene actually volunteers to be a dragon’s princess. Cimorene as a heroine is strong, independent and most importantly bored with normal princess life, and she has the gumption and courage to take chances. Now the thing I really valued about her is even though she wanted to choose a different path from the norm she gives others to follow the normal one without scorn. She gives them the freedom to be who they are. Also it was nice to see that her princess upbringing did help her out in her new role. So her upbringing did have value even if she didn’t like it at the time.
Charming, whimsical and fun this book is nice light read, with interesting characters set in a familiar world that keeps turning custom on its ear. This is a book I can confidently that all ages will enjoy