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An Unruly Princess & Other Stories is a collection of six color-illustrated short stories for children typically aged between 4 and 12. There is a strong and realistic natural world thread which runs through the tales.These charming stories areMoreAn Unruly Princess & Other Stories is a collection of six color-illustrated short stories for children typically aged between 4 and 12. There is a strong and realistic natural world thread which runs through the tales.These charming stories are suitable for older children to work through unaided or to be read out loud at bedtime or to younger children.Written by a qualified Montessori teacher, great care has been taken over the vocabulary, structure and storyline. Apart from providing entertainment, the tales are also designed to generate interest in the natural world and to stimulate many subsequent discussions, activities and fact-finding missions.Sample text (from Alfred)From under the curving root of a hawthorn tree that dipped its splayed toes into a pond, there came, one dreamy summer afternoon, the sound of someone humming in a most contented way. If one had drawn a little closer, one would have heard splashes, and the occasional grunt, and a scrubbing- rubbing sort of noise. If one had peeped cautiously over the top of the root, one would have seen a plump, beaming, greeny-yellow frog, sitting spread-legged in the shallow muddy water, scrubbing his back with the long-stemmed seed-head of a burr-dock.It truly was the most lovely day and the most lovely place. The hawthorn boughs came down in a beautiful sweeping curve and actually touched the water with one or two of their twigs, creating a little bower of gloomy green light roofed with fan vaults of branches between which the sun shone here and there with such vivacity that it set a twinkling star in the dark water. No wonder, one might say, that our friend was contented. But this was no ordinary contentment, and no ordinary wash! He (we will call him Alfred for ease and politeness) was preparing for a Very Special Occasion. As a general rule, there is only one Special Occasion in a frogs life. It is the day upon which his tadpole tail has completely disappeared (to the satisfaction of his Elders) and his limbs are sufficiently well formed for him to be called a Complete Frog. It is a sort of initiation day, both noble and mysterious, and rather touching.The occasion for which Alfred was preparing now, however, was a Rendezvous of a rather unusual kind.