The Fairy's Return

by Gail Carson Levine
Series: The Princess Tales #6
112 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by White Rose

Very good. A fairy tale must-read.


No one will treat Princess Lark like a normal girl. And Robin's father the baker, who is also a poet, and his brothers Nat and Matt, who are word inventors, think Robin is an idiot because he likes to tell jokes and give things to the less fortunate.

When Lark and Robin meet, they find themselves a perfect match...he treats her like a normal person, and she likes his jokes! But the King won't let Lark marry Robin because he is a commoner. Lark, then, refuses to ever smile again, and the King holds a competition to find any Prince who can make the Princess smile.

Meanwhile, the fair Ethalinda has not done any magic since her big mistake, and this has made the fairy queen Anura very upset. So, when she meets Robin, and is put in a position where she has no choice but to help him, she tries again.
With a little fairy help, can Robin win the right to marry the Princess Lark, and make her smile again?


Very good. Those who do good are rewarded, and those who are mean or bossy get their comeuppance.

Spiritual Content

Some more fairy magic, but that's it.


None that I recall.

Drug and Alcohol Content

There is mention of some cider, but I'm assuming it's not fermented or anything.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



A wonderful conclusion to the Princess Tales. The story is enrapturing. And to see the fairy Ethalinda come back and learn that she can't let one mistake get her down for the rest of her life...excellent! Another must read for fairy tale fans.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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