The Light Princess

by George MacDonald

read aloud grade 3, readability grade 3

Being at the end of an evil aunt’s curse, a princess looses her gravity shortly after her birth. Many amusing characters and situations introduced while describing this unusual princess’s life will have audiences young and old laughing. This is a great classic the children because of its mystical nature, and for older readers because of its satire and puns.

  1. The King is astonished when he finds out that his little princess has lost her gravity. He searches high and low for a cure and comes up with a variety of them. Some are quite ridiculous in fact (eg: burying her alive for three days)! What would you suggest if the King came to you? Write out a paragraph of your cure. Or…
  2. The King also searches high and low when the princess’s precious lake begins to drain away. What would your suggestion be to stop the lake from disappearing. Write a paragraph, in details, the instructions you would give the King’s servants. Or…
  3. Make floating princesses out of Styrofoam balls for the head and fabric for her dress. Attach the dress to the head with pins or with craft glue. Glue yarn or dyed cotton on the head for hair. Attach the head and the bottom of the dress to some fishing line and hang from the roof of the classroom.