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May 15, 2020

Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

By Natasha Farrant, illustrated by Lydia Corry
These are the perfect princesses for the modern age. They gallop fearlessly across the open desert, risk their lives to save their friends and always stand up for what is right, even if they are standing alone.
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A talented enchantress has been named godmother of a newborn princess, but she questions whether she possesses the wisdom required to help mold the child into a future leader. So she sends her magic mirror on a journey around the world to capture the stories of eight royal young ladies. As it travels through forests and jungles, across mountains and deserts, the mirror reflects both the virtues and challenges of every princess it meets. Their experiences produce pieces of wisdom for the enchantress to pass on to her beloved goddaughter.

Structured by the framework of the magic mirror’s journey, author Natasha Farrant weaves each princess’s tale into the tapestry of Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror, which makes the book feel like a complete narrative rather a collection of disparate parts. What’s more, Farrant has constructed eight unique portraits that capture the full range of what it means to be a princess. Lydia Corry’s dazzling illustrations adorn nearly every page of the book and add another layer to the personalities and fantastical kingdoms depicted within.

These are the perfect princesses for the modern age. They gallop fearlessly across the open desert, risk their lives to save their friends and always stand up for what is right, even if they are standing alone. Their stories will be like beacons for young readers, reminding them that the most powerful magic is the courage of their convictions.

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Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

By Natasha Farrant, illustrated by Lydia Corry
Norton
ISBN 9781324015567

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