The Frog Prince by Stephen Mitchell: Book Review

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The Frog Prince by Stephen Mitchell Book Cover
Title: The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults

Synopsis from GoodReads:

In this brilliant jewel of a book, the best-selling author of Tao Te Ching: A New English Version expands and deepens the classic fairy tale in the most surprising and delightful ways, giving new emphasis to its message of the transcendent power of love.

The Frog Prince tells the story of a meditative frog’s love for a rebellious princess, how she came to love him in spite of herself, and how her refusal to compromise helped him become who he truly was. This is a magical book that moves (amphibiously) from story to meditation and back, from the outrageous to the philosophical to the silly to the sublime. Profound, touching, written in prose as lively and unpredictable as a dream, The Frog Prince tickles the mind, opens the heart, and holds up a mirror to the soul.

My Review:

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog hits theaters today! Yay! I just love Disney princess movies. So I thought I would try to link the movie to a book. The obvious choice would be one of the many, many collections of Grimm’s fairy tales out there, but I think I’ll go with The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults by Stephen Mitchell.

It’s been several years since I read this, so I can’t say much about it except that I liked it. And I saved this quote from the book:

“There are two kinds of women: those who marry princes and those who marry frogs. The frogs never become princes, but it is an acknowledged fact that a prince may very well, in the course of an ordinary marriage, gradually, at first almost imperceptibly, turn into a frog. Happy the woman who after twenty-five years still wakes up beside the prince she fell in love with.”

Do you plan on seeing it soon? If you like the Disney princesses, which is your favorite? Belle is mine. I wonder how many book bloggers would choose her?

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