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August 30, 2009

Once Upon a Marigold

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Once Upon a Marigold

Author: Jean Ferris            

Page Length: 275

Reading Level: 5

Genre: fantasy

PLOT SUMMARY & REVIEW:  This story is about a young boy, Christian, who is looking for adventure and runs away from home only to find a gentle old troll who decides to raise him.  It turns out that Christian is a very curious and inventive lad.   He grows up loving Ed, the troll, romping with his two dogs and reading books which are found in the forest.   All along he spies across the river at a beautiful palace where he watches four princesses play.   However, Christian is especially aware of the dark haired younger daughter and begins to write her using his foster father’s two pigeons to relay the messages.  The two form a close friendship, and as he gets older the boy finds it impossible to stay away from his heart’s yearning.   So with promises and good wishes from his foster father, Christian  goes across the river and attains a position at the castle, through the help of a friend.   The boy finds it difficult to win this girl princess because her mother, the Queen, has set up various suitors to propose and marry young Marigold.  

However, the main battle is for Christian to deal with.  He must not only win Marigold’s heart and save her from impending danger, but he must win the battle to be her suitor and husband.   Some very funny and inventive things take place leaving the climax of this story to a very good ending.  I thought it was a funny and good book.


5.9 draw upon experience for word meanings

5.10 know main idea and details supporting it

5.11 connect and compare ideas

5.12 analyze characters

RELATED BOOKS: by the same author – Of Sound Mind, Bad


REVIEWED BY:  Linda Schwegler



  1. what happens at the end?

    Comment by Anonymous — May 31, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

    • That’s the fun in reading – reading until the end 🙂 I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

      Hope you enjoy our other blog entries. We have over 100 more to post in the near future!

      Comment by thebookreviews — June 1, 2010 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

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