Thursday, January 14, 2010

Princess Aasta

Author: Stina Langlo Ørdal

First line: Once upon a time there was a little princess called Aasta, who wanted a bear to love.

Why you should read this book: An exuberant, apple-cheeked Norwegian princess dreams of a bear companion, so she places a personal ad and sorts through responses from bears all over the world. Although her father, the king, is apprehensive about her friendship with a large polar bear, Princess Aasta and Kvitebjørn (Ursus maritimus), play so well together that eventually he gives his consent for the two to travel to the North Pole, and in the end, the king not only hugs the large bear, but even invites his daughter’s friend to stay for supper. Based on a Norwegian fairy tale, this story is a simple and delightful narrative that articulates the fantasies of many small children.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You don’t believe children should consort with members of other species.

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