Middling fairytale. Worth a read if that is your favorite kind of story. Not up to the quality of her Newbery Honor Book, Ella Enchanted. Still,there are some interesting twists on the original version of of the glass hill story.
Cute, but average
A lot of reviewers compare this book to Ella Enchanted. While they have the same author, it is not fair to compare this novella to a novel - it is necessarily different. That being said, it is a cute story. Yes, it is a little predictable & the brothers are barf-worthy in their condescension, but it's not a bad read. It is also not the best thing since sliced bread. It is a short, easy read - great for children ...who will probably think it's wonderful. This is the only one of the Princess Tales I have read, but if other reviewers are to be believed, this is the best one. Honestly, that makes me a little sad. If you want a good introduction to Levine, I suggest The Two Princesses of Barmarre or Ella Enchanted over this book, but if you are familiar with her already or just want something short & sweet this may be the story for you.
The book was very short and at first I didn't like it because I wanted a bit more depth. But when I decided to take the book as it was, I realized that it really did have depth for its length and was an enjoyable little story, even though it was quite predictable.