The Pretender Princess Author:Mary Jane Roth This is an older book, in superb condition. It still has the library jacket on it. It was published in New York in 1967 by William Morrow and Company. — Illustrations are by Shiela Greenwald and are really simple and beautiful. — From the jacket: When Clara Dobbs was sent to her room without supper, she didn't pout or complain. Instead, she con... more »cluded that a girl's real parents would never punish her so harshly and that she, therefore, must be a changeling. She was really a princess and in her rightful place must be a pretender! From then on Clara's behavior changed radically. She walked slowly and regally, so that her seven pound crown, modeled on Queen Elizabeth's, did not tip. She abandoned such girlish pleasures as playing hopscotch with her best friend. Her so-called parents wondered what had come over her, but Clara-or rather Princess Clarice-kept her own counsel. Gradually, however, the burdens of her new status convinced her that being a royal personage is not as enjoyable as the storybooks promise.
This deliciously witty tale, gaily illustrated with fetching line drawings, is made to order for beginning readers, some of whom may also know a private fantasy life of their own.« less