"This debut collection of fairy tales tells lyrical stories of loss and grief transformed through the power of compassion. . . Cardamon achieves an authentic and pleasing fairy-tale cadence. . . Eloquent tales that skillfully tap into a deep well of ideas."— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In the title story, “The Princess Who Sang Like a Frog,” a princess leaves her home after a public humiliation, certain she does not deserve happiness. Armed only with poetry and music, she ventures into the unknown to seek the mystery of her unusual identity. As she travels, she encounters wise teachers who encourage her to see her troubled past in a new light. By the end of her journey, she discovers a profound truth which will guide her for the rest of her life. Other stories in this sparkling collection include “The Yellow Bird,” in which a disconsolate king discovers the healing power of shared grief; “The Woodcutter’s Daughter,” a tale of acceptance, forgiveness, love, and the cyclical nature of life; and “The Joyfish,” a story of true love, magic fish, and rebirth.