Water Song

Water Song

A Retelling of "The Frog Prince"

Book - 2006
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When Emma Pennington travels with her mother to their family estate in Belgium, they find a war-torn country with enemy troops fighting to take over the estate, and Emma learns many lessons from the war, including that life is unpredictable.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2006.
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed.
ISBN: 9781439541937
9781416940135
1416940138
Branch Call Number: FIC/WEYN
Characteristics: 194 p. ; 18 cm.

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DanceFiddler
Aug 09, 2013

Emma, a British aristocrat, is trapped alone in Belgium during World War I. Jack, an American soldier, survives a chlorine gas attack near the estate and ends up imprisoned with her by the Germans. As they struggle to get free, they slowly fall in love despite some initial prejudices. This book stands well on its own (you don’t have to notice the parallels to The Frog Prince to get it) but is also delightful as a retelling of a classic fairy tale. Nothing exceptional, but a very nice quick read.

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tocch101
Nov 10, 2012

Decent, but drifted far more out of the typical retelling fairy tale range. A good story, but a slightly poor addition to the collection.

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Luna98
Sep 02, 2012

This was an amazing retelling of the Frog Prince. The characters and the plot fit together so well to create a more realistic version of the fairytale. Plus, I like how it doesn't have a perfect happily ever after ending, but a more smooth, realistic one that just goes so great with the plot. Honestly, I was upset when I finished this book, because it was so good. I fell in love with this book after reading it, and I have to say it's one of the best in the series.

crystal_dark Sep 18, 2011

This was a great story filled with love, magic and unexpected twists. It has a great plot and really well written characters that make it a very enjoyable book to read.

Captain_America Sep 16, 2011

This book was okay, but not my favorite of the series. I've read all but the Storytellers Daughter, and I can't wait to read it. I love this series, possibly my favorite series, besides the 39 Clues, Cat Royal and the Companion's Quartet.

NarniaCrazy Sep 15, 2011

I loved this book!! I could have done without the magical dreams... but other than that-- it was fantastic! Definitely a must-read!

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Kurisutaru
May 14, 2011

It's ok...

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WendyGD
Apr 28, 2011

Told during WWI, this is what a "true-life" version of "The Frog Prince" would be. I enjoyed the book, although it would have been better without the magical dreams. They marred what would have been a more realistic story.

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Love_Legolas_111
Nov 05, 2014

"He's got magic," Kid stated as if it was a well-known fact...
"He's told me as much," Emma said. "But do you believe it?"
"It's the only explanation that makes sense," Kid replied. "Who knows what goes on over in America?"
"I don't believe all Americans are as peculiar as Jack is," Emma stated firmly.
Kid grinned, amused at her lofty manner. "...you two are sweet for each other, aren't you?"
"Why would you say that?" Emma cried...
"I can tell by the way you are together," he said. "I have four older sisters. When one of them got all snappish and bossy with a fella, the way you are with Jack, it always meant she had a special liking for him. And, of course, anyone can see the way Jack looks at you."
"I snap at him because I find him incredibly annoying," Emma insisted.
"So you may think, but I only know what I've seen. First comes the bickering and snapping and then romance follows...To me it's all very mysterious."

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Love_Legolas_111
Nov 05, 2014

"But you and Emma might have never met if it wasn't for the war," Kid pointed out. "So maybe some good came out of it, after all."
"I told you, she don't love me," Jack insisted.
"I don't know," Kid replied. "I think you're wrong."

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Love_Legolas_111
Nov 05, 2014

"I guess I'm not the only idealist," he remarked seriously.
The comment made her smile wistfully. "We're some pair, eh?"
"Yeah, you right about that," he agreed, "a coulpa real dopes."

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WistlyWisteria
Jul 06, 2014

Here is a passage from page 189 of the 2006 edition of Water Song: A Retelling of “ The Frog Prince” by Suzanne Weyn :

"Are we okay now?" she asked, gazing up at him.
"We are right as rain, Em," he replied.

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