Read The Light Princess by George MacDonald Maurice Sendak Online


The Light Princess--the princess who "lost her gravity"--has been essential fiction for several generations of children. This new edition is a companion volume (same page size, similar design) to our edition of The Golden Key, of which Publishers' Weekly said: "Maurice Sendak lights the way through MacDonald's Kingdom with the most mystical, the most poetic pictures of hisThe Light Princess--the princess who "lost her gravity"--has been essential fiction for several generations of children. This new edition is a companion volume (same page size, similar design) to our edition of The Golden Key, of which Publishers' Weekly said: "Maurice Sendak lights the way through MacDonald's Kingdom with the most mystical, the most poetic pictures of his distinguished career." Now Sendak has made the pictures The Light Princess always deserved to have. This is the only separate edition available that preserves the authentic text; it is neither cut nor edited nor "improved" in any way....

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Number of Pages : 43 Pages
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The Light Princess Reviews

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-03-01 10:38

    *read for class*This was a cute little fairytale!

  • Hannah
    2019-03-14 13:36

    The Light Princess is by turns lyrical, cynical, witty, poignant and ultimately captivating. How the princess loses her gravity and later regains it is told with wit and wisdom and makes for an entertaining read. The story is short, and can be read in under 30 minutes. Although it is a fairy tale, it isn't childishly written (probably due to the fact it was penned in 1864). Quite the contrary. There are words and phrases that might make it too cumbersome to read out loud to a young child, and I don't know how much a very young child would get out of this. Perhaps the prime reading age would be a precocious 9-12 year old (although it's a good read when you're 48 as well....)I have two versions of this book. One is the version I am reviewing that is illustrated by Maurice Sendak. However, my favorite version is illustrated by Dorothy F. Lathrop. Her black and white ink illustrations look like something out of a medieval manuscript and give an otherworldly quality to the story. Sendak's illustrations, while well done, have a childish, silly quality to them.Bar none, my favorite fairy tale as a young reader, and remains so to this day.*** 2012 personal reading challenge for the month of January: Childhood favorites that influenced my subsequent reading lifeAdult Equivalent:The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Calista
    2019-03-01 09:39

    Such a delightful quick read. I first learned of this story after hearing Tori Amos's musical. I checked out the book. It is different from the material Tori used. The Princess loses gravity after the king's sister puts a spell on her. She can't be serious and it is thought she needs to cry to bring her down by the doctors of the king. No one can make her cry until...This is a fun and playful little read. I simply love this story and wish I knew about it as a child. A great story for your children if they like fairy tales.

  • Bryan
    2019-03-14 11:18

    This is arguably the best fairy tale I have ever read. It's about a Princess who is bewitched at birth by her evil aunt so that she has no gravity and will float away unless tied to the ground.While MacDonald's writing often struggles in terms of style and clarity, his understanding of people, virtue, and the redemptive power of Charity are unparalleled. His poems have an innocence to them that elucidates why we write and read poems and all: coming to know God.The witch of an aunt was a terrific villain, and one of his best I think. Her simple magical tricks and spells were delightful, all while capturing what is detestable about evil.My favorite scene or moment was the one on the shore of the Princess' lake, when the Prince first finds her and accidentally sends her floating away into the air. The image of the Princess gliding over the tops of the trees and grabbing the topmost twigs to pull herself back down was indelible.There's a pretty great audio reading of it available for free here: Five stars!

  • Duane
    2019-03-14 15:29

    Written by Scottish writer George MacDonald and published in 1864, this childrens fairy tale is very similar to Sleeping Beauty. But not as child friendly, probably because of when it was written and because some of the actions by some of the characters were rather harsh. Still, it was enjoyable. The light in the title does not refer to illumination, but to gravity, or rather the lack of gravity. It was an interesting concept, and considering when it was written, it seemed very modern in it's imagination.

  • Rebekah Rodda
    2019-03-05 16:29

    As soon as I finished reading this out loud to my kids (9, 7 and 5), they begged me to reread it. Is there any higher compliment?

  • Anna Wakefield
    2019-03-17 15:25

    Absolutely my favorite princess story ever. My dad used to read it to me as a kid and I can honestly say it was my favorite children’s book as well. It’s humorous and wondrous and shows the willingness to die for ones love in a way most books don’t.(PLUS YOU CAN READ IT ONLINE FOR FREEEEEEE:

  • Foreign Grid
    2019-03-21 11:18

    Sweet, short and simple.

  • Laura Fischer
    2019-02-20 12:45

    I reviewed a Neil Gaiman book yesterday, comparing his land of Faerie to George MacDonald's (favorably, I might add). I've come to realize that I compare a lot of fantasy writers to George MacDonald. Very few of them hold up.MacDonald is an old master of the fairy tale, in the way that Rubens is an old master of realistic painting. MacDonald's stories are all unique, all fascinating, all beautiful and frightening and funny and evocative and imminently re-readable. The Light Princess is one of his more classic stories, in that the main characters are a princess with a problem (she defies gravity--she's literally LIGHT), and a prince who wants to save her from her situation and love her forever. The problem they face is original and interesting, and the solution is mythical in all the best uses of the word. I love this story and I've read it many times.Sometimes I wonder why Disney hasn't gotten their hands on MacDonald yet, but most of the time I just thank the stars that they haven't. (And I do love most Disney movies, truly.) I don't want to see these two characters get turned into cartoon characters that must appeal to five-year-olds for commercial success. They are wonderful and perfect as they are.

  • Chris
    2019-03-15 09:45

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable fairy tale that culminated in a a beautiful picture of the kind of self-sacrifice that real love requires. While the princess was yet ignorant of his love, and while we were yet sinners, he died. MacDonald is a master of his craft: poignant, humorous stories that get richer with time.

  • Quinn
    2019-02-24 10:32

    It was cute but the characters were annoying It was VERY instalove and I hate instalove. But overall it was a cute story.

  • Angelica Hume
    2019-03-19 16:24

    The best book I have ever read of all time!! This book inspired me to write my own stories. In some places it's sad, but it has a happy ending!

  • Tony
    2019-02-20 14:22

    THE LIGHT PRINCESS. (1867). George MacDonald. ****.MacDonald (1824-1905) was a writer of fantasy novels and fairy tales. He was a close friend of most of the British writers of his day, and a mentor to Lewis Carroll. He was the man responsible for urging Carroll to bring his Alice books into print. He was also a frequent sitter for Carroll, an early photographer. This work is best described as a long fairy tale. It tells the story of a king and queen who want a child, and finally have a daughter. This fact so incenses the cousin of the new princess, since she no longer is the heir to the throne, that she throws a spell on the new princess. She removes her gravity. Now, all royalty has gravity, but in this case it is the actual interaction between the Earth and the princess that is removed. Now the young princess floats freely through the air. To her it seems like a lot of fun, but she can no longer participate in the rites of her royal family; most of the time she floats away from any major event. The only place where she seems to be able to act normally is in the water, where she swims about with the freedom of an otter. The king and queen are heart-broken over their daughter’s condition, and they offer half the kingdom to any royal personage who can remove or counteract the evil spell. Of course, a prince from another country shows up and falls in love with the floating princess. He then proceeds to… (oops, I almost told!). Recommended.

  • J.Aleksandr Wootton
    2019-03-03 15:29

    Whimsically self-aware and humorous retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It's a novella, so the characters are given a bit more depth, and the situation is a little different - instead of being in an enchanted sleep, the princess has been cursed to be unaffected by gravity (except while swimming), and both prince and princess must rescue one another in order to live happily ever after.This is one of MacDonald's more coherent fairytales. The narrative is straightforward, peppered with humor, and lacks the excessive symbolism typical of his fantasy. Fun to read aloud.

  • monica ♪
    2019-03-18 09:24

    This was pretty similar with Sleeping Beauty, but instead of sleeping, the princess in this story was floating in the air, like balloon.The witch—who happens to be her own aunt—took the gravity out of her body. Then, just like all fairytale, she needs to find a prince to bring the gravity back.Such a short, fun and entertaining read ❤

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-02-19 16:35

    I absolutely loved this book as a child. An evil witch puts an anti-gravity curse on a baby princess. Gravity will only have an effect on her if she cries. But she's terminally happy, so she floats, except when she swims in her favorite lake. She loves swimming so much that the evil witch drains the lake, and a prince must come to the rescue. I read the edition with the William Pene du Bois illustrations, which are fantastic.

  • Anne
    2019-03-14 15:21

    Aw, that was so adorable. Review to follow.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-08 09:30

    Delightful. Just wonderful. :)

  • John Yelverton
    2019-03-15 17:36

    I will give the book an A for originality. I don't think the Brothers Grimm could have thought this one up, and yet, it's not quite the Brothers Grimm either. It's a good book, but it's not great.

  • Carissa
    2019-02-21 14:28

    There was once a king who wanted children. He and his queen were barren for many years until good fortune smiled on them and a daughter was born, a sweet and lovely princess. Unfortunately, when the king sent out invitations to the christening, he forgot to invite his sister who was not just a princess, but also a witch. Said sister arrives on the scene anyway and curses the baby princess that she will be lighter than air. Or rather: "Light of spirit, by my charms, Light of body, every part, Never weary human arms -Only crush thy parents' heart!"In other words, the princess is an airhead without a serious thought, and at the slightest breath of a breeze could inadvertently float out of a window. The king and queen are astounded, and their princess grows into a young woman of the silliest mind in all the land. It is by pure happenstance that the princess discovers her love of water. In water she actually has weight, and she is not quite so silly as she is on dry land, and so she spends her days floating and swimming in the lake outside of her castle, attended by her family and the court.Enters our prince, one fine evening, when he quite literally stumbles upon her. It takes awhile, but love blossoms, except how is it possible for an airborne princess and a grounded prince to wed?The Light Princess is a delightful little tale. I love MacDonald, but this is the first time I've ever read this book. It's a short little fantasy, published in 1864. MacDonald wrote for both children and adults, but this one is obviously a fairy tale for children. It was such fun to read out loud to my sister, just for kicks, and she loved it equally as much as I did.To read my full review, please visit my blog at Musings of an Introvert.

  • Dale Johnson
    2019-02-26 09:45

    This is a very different take on the cursed princess trope (a la Sleeping Beauty), but The princess has no gravity (weight, emotional sense, etc.) and must be rescued by the prince's kiss. (OK, there may be a little more to it on the Princess' part than that, depending on your take.)The Princess was cursed at her Christening, when her Aunt's invitation was forgotten. Her Aunt was a witch who, "beat all the wicked fairies in wickedness, and all the clever ones in cleverness." So the Aunt came as if invited (no one noticed) and poisoned the Christening water, and then secretly cursed the child.As a result, the princess grows up floating around like a balloon: weights only affect her if held in her hands and loose their weight if put in a pocket or otherwise worn. She also has no emotional connection to anything and laughs at everything including the most tragic news. The only exception is if she is swimming, which restores her weight and perhaps some of her sense.The Prince is a wanderer, looking for a princess, and does not reveal his identity as he falls in love and eventually tries to save the princess.MacDonald published this in 1864, and the original language shows through. It's been published many times with different illustrators over the years. My copy was illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop. I understand it was updated in 1969 with Maurice Sendak illustrations, and some of the original language was changed or deleted but I haven't seen that version.The language is a little difficult for young readers, but would be ok with someone to help them through it. The content is otherwise fine for 2nd grade and above, though it might be a little slow moving and long for the younger kids.

  • Christian
    2019-03-20 15:41

    The Light Princess is a delightful, tongue in cheek, humourous read. The book is filled with puns and witticisms and is told from the perspective of characters who hate all puns and witticisms. Its a fun little fairy tale that can be read in a quick sitting. Whether this book would be entertaining to modern children is not known to me, but I would guess it would be to many. Its a fun book which I would recommend strongly. The Light Princess tells the story of a Princess who has no gravity, she must be tied down at all times or she will float away. She also has the problem that she has no gravity, as in she is never grave nor serious. She is always happy and laughing, and is incapable of being upset over anything. Soon it becomes apparent that the only way to tie her to the Earth is to make her care for it in some way. To gain her gravity she must gain gravity. Eventually she meets a prince (of course) who is willing to die for her, and his self sacrifice may be the only hope for her to gain gravity. If you like puns about gravity then you should probably read The Light Princess.

  • VJ
    2019-02-22 11:21

    I just love George MacDonald -- Scottish writer of Christian themes as well as of Fantasy,responsible for influencing the writings of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis -- and this wonderful fairy tale of his, "The Light Princess" is my favorite of his all his children's stories (or Fantasy work in general).A gravity-defying child was born to a King and Queen (or she was cursed by her witch aunt, I think). She is so light-hearted and carefree that she literally floats on air. One day, when the princess was all grown up, a rogue appeared and volunteered to offer his life as a human plug to keep the kingdom's water reservoir from being completely drained into a hole beneath the water bed -- on the condition that the princess keeps him company till he breathed his last. This the princess reluctantly does. When the reservoir was refilled and the rogue was engulfed by the waters, the princess felt for the first time 'weight' -- a heaviness of the heart upon realizing the depth of the rogue's self-sacrifice.At least that's how I remembered how the story went. It was just beautiful and moving!

  • Sara
    2019-02-28 15:44

    Beautiful high-stakes adult-appropriate fairy tale, with actual character development for both prince and princess. I loved MacDonald as a child, never read this one before. When the princess gets her prince (through an active choice), she keeps what she most values and also achieves her secondary pre-prince dream -- and isn't sure it's all that great after all, but that often happens when you achieve something you've always wanted. I'd strongly recommend this edition, Maurice Sendak's illustrations added a lot to the experience.

  • Scott
    2019-03-16 10:35

    George MacDonald is a bit of a mixed bag as an author. Essentially, his realistic fictions tend to drag their way to somewhat heavy-handed moral conclusions, while his fantasies dance along with impish humor and a genuine sense of wonder.This collection demonstrates MacDonald the fantasist at his best. Funny, moving, and thoroughly compassionate, each tale is well worth reading--and may just stick with you for the rest of your life.

  • Evgeny
    2019-02-18 13:21

    This is a familiar fairy tale with a twist. A king's daughter is born; everybody is invited to celebrate except for king's sister who happens to be a witch always in a very bad mood. Does this sound familiar? Do not be quick to judge as the witch curses the princess with... weightlessness. You read it right; the princess became lighter than an air balloon. The book is somewhat humorous twist on the traditional fairy tale deserving 3 star rating

  • Paige
    2019-03-08 14:43

    Witty, wise & original, this romance gets to the heart of the emotional maturity required for true love. It also makes great fun of fairy tales and cultural norms along the way. Nice illustrations by Maurice Sendak in my edition, too. I read it aloud to my daughter and we both loved it. I imagine she can read this again and again as she grows up, each time getting more out of the many layers and levels it has to offer.

  • Holly
    2019-02-23 15:33

    I love George MacDonald and wanted to love this book, but I didn't. It was clever, but I read it with my kids and there was so much that went way way over their heads that they were bored stiff. To be honest, my attention wavered as well. It is a lovely story about a princess who is missing her gravity and the sacrifice that gave it back to her.

  • Alissa
    2019-02-21 17:23

    I sought out this story after learning that one of my favourite musicals (of the same name) was based off of this fairytale. Unfortunately this version was completely different and bored me to tears. I'll just stick with the musical version I guess.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-26 13:43

    It was a lovely fairytale.