The Little Lame Prince

 
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“If any reader, big or little, should wonder whether there is a meaning in this story deeper than that of an ordinary fairy tale, I will own that there is. But I have hidden it so carefully that the smaller people, and many larger folk, will never find it out...” -The Author

A Parable for Young and Old A delightful story of a little boy who has many adventures by means of the magic gifts of his fairy godmother.

Paralyzed in an accident while a baby, young Prince Dolor is imprisoned in a lonely tower by his usurping uncle. He is visited by his mysterious godmother who provides him with magical gifts, including a traveling cloak that allows him to fly across the land. He uses his gifts to return to his rightful place on the throne. Also included are several short stories by the author also featuring princes.

“Gifted Miss Mulock wakens a world of interest and sympathy in the hearts of children, as she details the wondrous story of the most beautiful Prince who came at last to the King and Queen of Nomansland....This tells the story of the little Prince Dolar of Nomansland, who is shut up in the Hopeless Tower with his nurse. He cannot walk, so his Fairy Godmother gives him a wonderful Traveling Cloak, which carries him everywhere he wishes to go. The little lame Prince, who has lived shut up in the tower away from everybody, is eager to hear and see everything, so his godmother gives him the wonderful gold spectacles, through which we can see flowers growing and the birds flying by. She also gives him the magic gold ears, so that he may hear the sounds of the earth! His heart grows sad when he sees the shepherd boy running with the lambs, for he cannot play. Then the skylark sings to him, and he forgets his sorrow in the joy of the constant companionship of this little bird. By and by, little Prince Dolar comes to his own kingdom and becomes a great and wise ruler in Nomansland. He always keeps his traveling cloak. Miss Mulock tells this little story with exquisite delicacy and tenderness. It is a child’s classic in fairy lore.” -Young Folk's Handbook, American institute of Child Life, After School Club of America, 1913

“It is a genuine fairy work interlocked with the unexpected, alive with marvels.” -New York Public School Library Listen

“Famous and beloved fairy story...A very delightful tale, if read just as a fairy tale....Every one of us has a ‘traveling cloak,’ by means of which we can, at any time, sail away into happiness, if we only want to do so.” -Wheeler's Graded Literary Readers with Interpretation, 1919

Contents: THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE THE INVISIBLE PRINCE PRINCE CHERRY THE PRINCE WITH THE NOSE THE FROG-PRINCE CLEVER ALICE

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Dinah Maria Mulock, also often credited as Miss Mulock or Mrs. Craik) (20 April 1826 – 12 October 1887) was an English novelist and poet. Her bibliography included The Man in Green, Beranger and his Poems, in The Mirror, The Emigrant's Wives. A Passage from Real Life, The Story of Erminia, Elspeth Sutherland. (A Tale), Great and Little Heroines, A Sketch of Domestic Life, The Peace-Maker, A Meditation for the Times, Running Away. A Schoolmaster's Story, Little Lizzie and the Fairies; Sunny Hair's Dream; The Young Ship-Carver; Arndt's Night Underground — in The Playmate. A Pleasant Companion for Spare Hours.

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Grade 1-3-- In side notes, Wells states that she hoped to adapt a favorite story of her childhood for younger children while keeping the spirit of the original. At this she is not successful. Craik's The Little Lame Prince more thoughtfully presents a coming-of-age story, a coming to grips with both good and evil in the world, and a realization of one's own strengths and weaknesses. Stripped of its action, this adaptation is more like Miss Piggy goes Anne of Green Gables. In fact, the main characters are pigs and the lady-in-waiting who drops the young prince causing his lameness is a silly goose. Taken on its own terms as a story, more parody than adaptation, it's a hoot. Wells' writing is fast paced and humorous, and she never talks down to her audience. Her good-natured illustrations are highly expressive and add additional humor to the tale. Younger children will indeed enjoy the adventure, while older children should definitely be directed to the original for its own special magic. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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