The Apple-Pip Princess

The Apple Pip Princess With sumptuous artwork Jane Ray tells an original fairy tale of a humble princess whose love for nature s beauty restores a kingdom Once there was a kingdom full of laughter happiness trees and bi

  • Title: The Apple-Pip Princess
  • Author: Jane Ray
  • ISBN: 9780763637477
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With sumptuous artwork, Jane Ray tells an original fairy tale of a humble princess whose love for nature s beauty restores a kingdom.Once there was a kingdom full of laughter, happiness, trees, and birdsong But when the queen dies, the land becomes quiet and barren, and everyone is filled with sadness What will make the kingdom bloom again Can Serenity, the youngest ofWith sumptuous artwork, Jane Ray tells an original fairy tale of a humble princess whose love for nature s beauty restores a kingdom.Once there was a kingdom full of laughter, happiness, trees, and birdsong But when the queen dies, the land becomes quiet and barren, and everyone is filled with sadness What will make the kingdom bloom again Can Serenity, the youngest of three princesses, bring hope and life back to her kingdom with a single apple pip a precious seed left to her by her mother This original fairy tale is brought to life and exquisitely illustrated by the internationally renowned Jane Ray.

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    About "Jane Ray"

    1. Jane Ray

      Born in London, Jane studied art and design at Middlesex University Her main study was ceramics and she didn t start to illustrate until she left college Her first published work was a series of greetings cards for Roger la Borde, followed by some book jackets, and eventually black and white illustrations for a poetry anthology with Orchard Books.

    797 thoughts on “The Apple-Pip Princess”

    1. Almost want to give it five stars, for the multiculturalism, for art, for nods to traditional tales, for modern twists. Little things like the fact that there's no mention of the lack of a male heir, and the sisters' interesting come-uppance, make this special.And big things are special, too. The people and the kingdom grieve, and that is all it takes to explain how desolate they've become there's no invading neighbor, evil witch, greedy vizier; just grief. And so the solution is natural, plausi [...]


    2. This is an original fairy tale and while it uses a familiar formula, there are some unique aspects to the story.The tale is engaging, and I love how the youngest princess goes about getting the privilege of ruling the kingdom. How Serenity, the youngest child, gets the land to blossom, using her own idea, her inheritance from her mother, and the land’s people is just lovely, and the results even more heartening. I also appreciate the overall harmony that’s achieved by the last page.The illus [...]


    3. In this original fairytale, we have three princesses whose father tells them they must do something within one week to prove who is most fit to take over the ailing kingdom. Predictably, the older sisters are preoccupied with glorifying themselves rather than helping their subjects but the third princess finds a beautiful and selfless way to bring good fortune back to the kingdom. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and I fell in love with the charming tale. Highly recommended!


    4. The Apple Pip Princess tells the story of a King with three daughters whose mother has died. With the Queen’s death, happiness has left the Kingdom and the King has all but given up. The three sisters each get the chance to prove to the King that they deserve to rule the Kingdom. The two older sisters both build towers to reflect their importance. The first sister builds a wooden tower which will be the tallest in the World and the next sister builds a metal tower that will reflect her beauty. [...]



    5. The lovely and eclectic illustrations are the high point of this moral tale about a sad and desolate kingdom whose queen has died.



    6. In a barren, ramshackle kingdom lives a king and his three daughters. Their mother died years early and that is when the kingdom started to decline. Before her death, the queen asked each of her daughters to select something of hers to keep. The two older daughters selected shoes and a crown, but the youngest princess chose a very special box containing bottles and boxes filled with raindrops, rainbow, sunlight, spider web, a feather, nightingale song, and an apple seed. The king sets a challeng [...]


    7. Author/Illustrator: Jane RayPublished: 2008Interest Level: K-2Summary:Ray celebrates the transforming power of growing things in this beautiful, original fairy tale. A once-green kingdom turns into a barren dust bowl after a queen’s death. The king, concerned about his land’s future, challenges his three daughters to “do something to make your mark.” The creator of the best project will rule the kingdom. Two princesses build towering structures, but the youngest, Serenity, plucks a tiny [...]


    8. I loved this book. Admittedly, a lot of the charm was having all of my kids snuggled onto the couch with me before supper, (after the vying for position and extra wiggling was done).This is a practical and fresh fairy tale about an old king choosing a successor from his three daughters. Emma's questions drew out the pride and conceit of the older daughters who felt they were more important and more beautiful than anyone else, and did not act justly. This was a perfect foil to the humble apple pi [...]


    9. Author: Jane RayGenre: Fiction, Fairy Tales, Picture BooksRelease: March, 2008Source: LibraryRating: 5/5Description: Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. . . .Once there was a kingdom full of laughter, happiness, trees, and birdsong. But when the queen dies, the land becomes quiet and barren, and everyone is filled with sadness. What will make the kingdom bloom again? Can Serenity, the youngest of three princesses, bring hope and life back to her kingdom with a [...]


    10. The Apple Pip Princess follows the life of a King with three daughters whose mother has recently died. With the Queen’s death, happiness has left the Kingdom and the King has all but given up. The three sisters each get the chance to prove to the King that they deserve to rule the Kingdom. The eldest of the sisters builds a wooden tower which will be the tallest in the World. The middle sister builds a metal tower. The eldest sister built the wooden tower to show her importance whereas the mid [...]


    11. First things first: How many times, seriously, do you read a fairy-tale with a black protagonist? Particularly a real, honest-to-goodness princess? Not a merchant's daughter or a scholar's daughter or a randomly wealthy girl. Not a retelling of Goldilocks or Red Riding Hood. The answer is probably never, unless you make a special effort. And even then close to never.This is not a traditional fairy tale, nor a retelling of one. But it reads like it is. Three princesses are competing to see which [...]


    12. There is a kingdom that was once beautiful. Now it is bare and dry and it's king is aging. He must decide which of his three daughters most deserves to rule. My money's on Serenity. A book written in the style of a fairy tale (land somewhere and sometime far away, a dead mom, a father deciding which of three daughters should take over his kingdom, threes, the youngest being wise without knowing it, a touch of magic, a task, nature is good, etc) that comes very close to being very good. Perhaps i [...]


    13. A rather touching tale on how three daughters each got to choose something that was their mother's before she passed away and Serenity, the youngest chose a box with things that her mother collected when she was younger. The king realizes that he is not going to be around forever and gives the girls a task in order to see which one is fit to rule the kingdom. Serenity decides to plant the apple pip that was in her mother's box and this leads to the people coming together to help plant other seed [...]


    14. Serenity is the youngest of three princesses. When their mother dies, they each choose one of her possessions to remember her by. Serenity's sisters are vain, so they choose the most material of the possessions. Serenity chooses a small wooden box filled with trinkets. Serenity's father is getting old, so he must choose which one of his daughters will become queen. Serenity's sisters build tall towers to impress their father, but Serenity plants fruit trees to feed the starving kingdom. Since Se [...]


    15. 2008 Booklist and Book Link Editors' Recommendation ListI added The Apple-Pip Princess to my to-read list after attending the Booklist and Book Link Editors' Review. As promised by the editors, The Apple-Pip Princess was a wonderful read aloud for primary students. The story encourages children to discuss the meaning of true beauty and giving of oneself. My class enjoyed the illustrations and were thrilled that Serenity could transform her village beginning with planting the tiny apple pip.


    16. Another story of a king looking for someone to take over his throne. Another story of 3 daughter. One wanting the power of beauty. One wanting the power of importance. One simple and selfless, wanting peace, harmony, and abundant life in the land. A typical ending where the third, simple sister ends up ruling the land and the two older comply and see her way is better. This story is told with fresh style and wit. I'd love to add this to my fairy tale collection. My question is, is "pip" the word [...]


    17. Going into this book, I figured that the new queen would be the youngest sister because the title of the story is The Apple-Pip Princess. the title of any story is important and chosen by the author for a reason. This book was well written and I loved the illustrations which brought the story to life. I could have easily understood the story by simply looking at the pictures though some details are in the text solely. It is a great story to use when showing how someone who is shy and young can s [...]


    18. I was SO glad to find this gorgeous, quiet book about not one, but three princesses of color. Three sisters, who are given a task by their father: do something to make him proud, and become ruler of the kingdom. The youngest, Serenity, looks at what her sisters create and chooses a different path. This is a lovely fairy tale enjoyable on its own merits, but also a wonderful contribution to helping children understand leadership and community-building.


    19. Along with her two sisters, Serenity must set out to prove to her father, the King, that she is worthy to run the kingdom.This original fairy tale is perfect to use in the classroom when discussing: community, environment, how small things can make a big difference, greed and vanity, and looking into yourself to find your strength.What makes this a good book for your multicultural shelf, is that it shows the reader that princesses come from all countries, in many colors.



    20. A nice princess story where humility and hard work are rewarded mare than the ability to sing to animals. A pretty parable about the hard work necessary to effect meaningful change. Glad my daughter likes this one, as it's easier to re-read than most of the Disney easy readers. Beautifully illustrated, and the sisters who serve as counterpoints aren't horribly vilified for being a little too vain and self-important.


    21. This book, The Apple-Pip Princess, is about three princess who have to compete for their father's throne by doing different things. The themes of this book are family, adventure royalty, trust, loss, and relationships. The genres of this book are fantasy, kindergarten to fourth, and picture books. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars because overall, it was a beautiful book about sisters coming together at the end.


    22. This book, picked up by chance at the library, was such a beautiful book with such a sweet message about making the world a better place without all the 'green guilt' we get from the media all the time.The illustrations are so beautiful, sweet and folksy. This was a completely delightful surprise.


    23. Serenity is the third princess, an ordinary princess. Nothing special like her sisters. She isn't pretty, or clever, but her thoughtfullness and happy memories win her the crown.I don't know who Jane Ray is, but she's pretty much amazing. How can someone be so talented to create a story that enjoyable, and pictures so gorgeous all at the same time???


    24. This is one of the best stories I have read for little princesses in the making. My daughter and I read this book this evening, and all I can say is that I was just as enthralled as she seemed to be. Beautifully illustrated and grounded with a deep moral message, this book was a winner in the biggest way. I loved it and then some!


    25. This was a nice fresh fairy tale. I don't like the cover but girls will love the pink cover. The illustrations are nice and I like that it portrays women of color instead of the blue eye blond hair Europeans! :-) Nice Book!1


    26. I bought this for my four year old son, who said he didn't want it because it was about a princess. I convinced him to let me read it to him once, and now he and my six year old boy love it. This is a great story about a hard working princess and teamwork.


    27. This was a lovely story. I enjoyed seeing what each of the princesses would do; and what Princess Serenity would do most of all. The art is beautiful and whimsical; full of lots of colors and patterns.


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