Friday, October 1, 2010

For Biddle's Sake

Hosted by Irena at This Miss Loves to Read.

For Biddle's Sake by Gail Carson Levine
Not sure what fairy tale this is based on, although there are echoes of Rapunzel.  Parsley is a sweet girl who only wants to eat that green herb.  Unfortunately the only place that grows is in the wicked fairy Bombina's garden.  She catches Parsley's father and takes Parsley as her own.  She also has to work on her impulse to turn humans in to toads.
Meanwhile in the castle, Prince Tansy is continually caught in disputes of his brothers and then receives all of the blame and punishment from the king.
Tansy and Parsley happen to fall in love, displeasing Bombina and most of the royal family, leading to somebody being turned in to a toad, and culminating in a happily ever after!
Not my favorite (I know I was turned off by the names!) but it's quite different from the usual fairy tale retellings and I would recommend it to people for a quick, easy read.


  1. Very cool post! The story sounds lovely, although a little unusual, but definitely fairy-tail-ish in every sense of the word. Haha, the names: agreed. Especially Tansy. I may have a silly mind, but doesn't it just make you think about Pansy? and a Pansy prince just doesn't float my boat.;) But names aside, the story really does sound lovely.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. I totally think of Pansy and kept reading it as that!


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