Age: Elementary - Junior High
Princess Amethyst was given a gift by a grumpy but wise fairy at her christening that made her ordinary, something a kingdom known for its gorgeous, perfect princesses is appalled at. No one understands Amy, who runs away to seek true happiness doing ordinary things and finds a special, albeit ordinary, person.
A modest kiss with no description is exchanged between an engaged couple. Princesses are described as being married off one by one. A princess has suitors arriving from all over to see if she is beautiful enough for marriage. Drawings depict gorgeous young women. A young man and woman enjoy a friendship where they go off for extended periods alone in the forest (no hint of sexual activity is implied).
Christian Principles: None
The book is wholesome and innocent at first glance, but underlying worldly thoughts persist. Princess Amy’s parents appear to be ignorant, vain, self-absorbed, and have a complete lack of intelligence. They spend their life worrying about their daughter’s lack of beauty. Becoming an old maid is considered the greatest tragedy in a person’s life. While Amy has a taste for hard work, earning a living, and falling in love with a person for who they are, not for looks or position - she does so completely out from under authority and without supervision. Girls are described as only being fit to be princesses if they are blond and blue-eyed, boring, and devoid of intelligence or passion. One is described as a “mechanical doll.” Brown-hair and freckles are portrayed as ugly, plain, and unattractive. Keeping the truth from one’s true friends for great amounts of time about who one really is is practiced by both the hero and heroine in this story. Running away from parents solves all the world's problems, as well as lying to them about where you've been and who you've met. Magic and fairies. No mention of God.