counter create hit The Little Lame Prince - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

The Little Lame Prince

Availability: Ready to download

Prince Francisco seems like fortune's favorite when he is born heir to the throne of El Cordoba, as adored by his parents as they are by their subjects. But everything changes before francisco is even old enough to talk. Francisco becomes crippled, his parents are dead, and his wicked uncle Osvaldo has seized the throne...


Compare
Ads Banner

Prince Francisco seems like fortune's favorite when he is born heir to the throne of El Cordoba, as adored by his parents as they are by their subjects. But everything changes before francisco is even old enough to talk. Francisco becomes crippled, his parents are dead, and his wicked uncle Osvaldo has seized the throne...

30 review for The Little Lame Prince

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I loved this book! Once when I was about 8 years old, I got sick while on vacation in California. Unfortunately, it was the day we were all scheduled to go to the beach. I was crying as I watched them leave down the driveway of my granma's house. My grandma, in an attempt to make me feel better, started to read to me from this book. I kept begging for her to continue, and so she read to me most of the day until it was finished. The memory is so precious to me, I wouldn't give it up for a I loved this book! Once when I was about 8 years old, I got sick while on vacation in California. Unfortunately, it was the day we were all scheduled to go to the beach. I was crying as I watched them leave down the driveway of my granma's house. My grandma, in an attempt to make me feel better, started to read to me from this book. I kept begging for her to continue, and so she read to me most of the day until it was finished. The memory is so precious to me, I wouldn't give it up for a thousand days at the beach. It was out of print over 10 years ago and I had looked everywhere trying to find a copy. My mother finally found one at a used bookstore and gave it to me for Christmas. It is now in print again and a good read for anyone! :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    I am giving this book an "amazing" rating, however I'll admit that's the opinion of my eight year old self. I had no idea that this 1875 fairy tale was already a hundred years old when I read it. I didn't notice the language to be very "Victorian", but then I was an odd little girl. The story of the little crippled prince affected me so profoundly I simply refused to return it to the library. I wanted to keep him and protect him. Sister Agnes Jerome was NOT amused. I got a lecture on stealing. I am giving this book an "amazing" rating, however I'll admit that's the opinion of my eight year old self. I had no idea that this 1875 fairy tale was already a hundred years old when I read it. I didn't notice the language to be very "Victorian", but then I was an odd little girl. The story of the little crippled prince affected me so profoundly I simply refused to return it to the library. I wanted to keep him and protect him. Sister Agnes Jerome was NOT amused. I got a lecture on stealing. Was worth it- sweetest story EVER.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    This was probably the saddest children's book I’ve ever read...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    I would've liked this better if the narrative voice was a little less intrusive. The narrator/author tells us that this originated as an oral bedtime story for her daughter, and the style very much reflects that. It actually reminded me quite a lot of the episodic tales that my mother told me as a very small child. That made be feel warmly toward the story in general, but as an adult, I still found it a bit... hmm, not quite condescending, but perhaps a bit too... instructive? The prince of the I would've liked this better if the narrative voice was a little less intrusive. The narrator/author tells us that this originated as an oral bedtime story for her daughter, and the style very much reflects that. It actually reminded me quite a lot of the episodic tales that my mother told me as a very small child. That made be feel warmly toward the story in general, but as an adult, I still found it a bit... hmm, not quite condescending, but perhaps a bit too... instructive? The prince of the story is orphaned in infancy, and worse, partially paralyzed due to an accident. His uncle seizes his rightful throne, and has the boy imprisoned in a remote tower, with only a criminal nursemaid for company. But what no one knows about is the boy's (fairy?) godmother, who gifts him with a magic traveling cloak and some words of wisdom. His cloak (a symbol for the power of imagination?) allows him to learn about the world, to such a degree that when the time comes for him to claim his rightful place as a just ruler, he is able to rise to the occasion...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elisha Condie

    This is a very old book that my mom loved growing up. She found it at an antique store and then made me read it, because it was such a favorite of hers growing up. And I think it's one of those books that you have to grow up loving. It was very sweet- almost TOO sweet, really. The writer addresses the readers directly (a la Jane Eyre) at several points to ask you how you might have felt if such-and-such had happened to you. The poor little lame prince is locked away in a tower until his This is a very old book that my mom loved growing up. She found it at an antique store and then made me read it, because it was such a favorite of hers growing up. And I think it's one of those books that you have to grow up loving. It was very sweet- almost TOO sweet, really. The writer addresses the readers directly (a la Jane Eyre) at several points to ask you how you might have felt if such-and-such had happened to you. The poor little lame prince is locked away in a tower until his godmother comes and gives him a magic cloak that can float him through the window to see the world below. He's thrilled to death by everything, since it's all new to him. It has a nice, predictable ending. But it's very old fashioned. I don't think my kids would listen to it now very easily. There's no mystery, suspense or humor that appeals to our modern sensibilities. I mostly liked it because I could just see my mom as a little girl reading it, loving the gentle little prince and wishing the best for him.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    This was one of my favorite books as a child. I owned it, and have probably read it at least 50 times. It was pure escapism for me. All I wanted to do was to get on a magic cloak, and fly away from my life. UPDATE 05-07-2017 My 8 year old granddaughter Allison was in the midst of doing a school project, and asked me what had been my favorite book was when I was an eight year old myself. I immediately thought of this book, and re-read it for the up-teenth time. It was very nostalgic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    HJ

    It's been many years since I read this charming, but bittersweet story. Goodreads doesn't actually show the edition of the book I own, which was handed down to me from my Grandfather, who received it as a gift from his aunt in 1925 for his 5th birthday.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Amrhein

    I went to Art Park back in the 80s, an outdoor theater-on-the-grass, to see a musical of The Little Prince. I was like, “Wait a minute, this isn’t the story! What’s with all the planets?” Silly me. It was an adaptation of the Little Prince called The Little Prince and the Aviator, and not what I was thinking at all. The book I loved was The Little Lame Prince by Miss Mulock (Dinah Maria Mulock Craik). My copy is by M. A. Donohue & Co. and has no copyright date. I'm guessing circa 1914 based I went to Art Park back in the 80s, an outdoor theater-on-the-grass, to see a musical of The Little Prince. I was like, “Wait a minute, this isn’t the story! What’s with all the planets?” Silly me. It was an adaptation of the Little Prince called The Little Prince and the Aviator, and not what I was thinking at all. The book I loved was The Little Lame Prince by Miss Mulock (Dinah Maria Mulock Craik). My copy is by M. A. Donohue & Co. and has no copyright date. I'm guessing circa 1914 based on the dates of the publishers other books listed in the ad at the back of my book (at 40¢ each). I had no idea when I read it that it was originally published in 1875. A bumbling nurse drops the baby prince on his christening day and cripples him. His fairy godmother sees it happen. The Queen dies, then the King dies, and his Uncle locks him in the tower where he stays for 15 years. A depressing story, now that I think of it, until his godmother brings him a magic cloak. With it he is able to travel all over the world. As he grows he is told that he is the true King. When the wicked Uncle dies the people find out that the Prince is not dead as they had been told and becomes the King. Anyway, typical Victorian gloom and doom writing. I did love the idea of a magic traveling cloak, but I think what I got out of it was the handicap child’s ability to overcome adversity, although most likely not the intention of the author. This was the first read alone chapter book I read as a child that had tragedy and death so it had quite the impact on me. It is part of my top five all time favorite books listed here http://historysleuth.org/2013/03/chil...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    This book examines the prejudices of many societies, and resilience of children with handicaps. I first read this one summer as a child, then again as a teen, and this is the third time. This book deserves to be considered a children's classic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Davida Chazan

    I can't believe how much of this book I remember, and I think I read it during the summer between 3rd and 4th grade! (The teachers called me a lazy reader, while refusing to believe I was dyslexic, which made me read slowly.) A bit too fantasy for my taste, but still a memorable read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Several Years ago, I picked up an 1893 edition of this little book in a little Antique store in Connecticut. It has an inscription on one of the first pages: "Merry Christmas to Maggie, from Nellie. Dec. 25th 1897. What a cool thing. I got it out and read it again the other day, but got to the end and remembered that it was missing about the last three pages. I found the whole story on Wikisource, and copied it to put in the book. Very Cool. It's a wonderful little story about a little prince Several Years ago, I picked up an 1893 edition of this little book in a little Antique store in Connecticut. It has an inscription on one of the first pages: "Merry Christmas to Maggie, from Nellie. Dec. 25th 1897. What a cool thing. I got it out and read it again the other day, but got to the end and remembered that it was missing about the last three pages. I found the whole story on Wikisource, and copied it to put in the book. Very Cool. It's a wonderful little story about a little prince who was accidently dropped on his head on his Christening Day, and was paralyzed from the waist down. But of course back then, they didn't know what any of this was. He just grew up, and could never walk. The story has wonderful messages for Children and grown ups.... about forgiveness (especially for things that happened in childhood), rising above disabilities, making the most of a bad situation, and not letting any of it keep you from finding a way to reach out for your dreams. I loved it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm not really sure what to say about this book... I had never heard of this author before Mo's review, and reading it as an adult was quite pleasant but nothing extraordinary. Maybe if I'd grown up with these stories, I may have appreciated them more? I listened to the Librivox recording, but didn't like the narrator's style: she read too fast and included too many silly "squeaky" voices.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    This was my favorite book when I was a child. I remember reading and rereading it. I tried to read it with that little girl's mentality and kept asking myself, 'What drew me to this book? Why did I carefully write my name in my best cursive in the front? Why did I keep returning to this one?' I think it's partly the Little Prince's isolation and loneliness. My childhood was turbulent...mom married three times (the name I wrote was a reminder of one of those husbands). I was often left alone to This was my favorite book when I was a child. I remember reading and rereading it. I tried to read it with that little girl's mentality and kept asking myself, 'What drew me to this book? Why did I carefully write my name in my best cursive in the front? Why did I keep returning to this one?' I think it's partly the Little Prince's isolation and loneliness. My childhood was turbulent...mom married three times (the name I wrote was a reminder of one of those husbands). I was often left alone to amuse myself, as was Prince Dolor. His goodness in the face of his afflictions inspired me. He was not bitter about the fact he couldn't use his little legs...he just accepted that and moved on. His isolation was eased by his fairy godmother who gave him the gift of magic flight and travel. Was that another element I loved? Living on the top of that hill in MO, with only my grandmother for company, did I wish for a magic cloak like his to escape my hilltop like he escaped his tower? His goodness, even to those who imprisoned him and cut him off from life, was inspiring. With a little sister, did I try to emulate his loving acceptance? The story is treacly and sweet...the asides to the gentle reader were didact, speaking of the lessons we should be learning. But under it all this is a story of a child whose plight and suffering are not his fault, who accepted his limitations, who tried to be good in all ways, who learned and delighted in learning. Who was so alone but never bitter. A kid could do worse

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gale

    VICTORIAN FLYING CLOAK! In ten gentle chapters with simple sketches we meet another charming child--this one lame but royal, and an orphan. (Somewhat reminiscent of Old Testament Jonathan's crippled son.) A healthy baby prince is dropped by a careless nurse enroute to his christening; when both his parents die, he is at the mercy of his ambitious uncle/regent who has him secreted away to a lonely tower on a barren plain. (Reminds me of the Chinese folk tale: The Emperor and the Kite). With only VICTORIAN FLYING CLOAK! In ten gentle chapters with simple sketches we meet another charming child--this one lame but royal, and an orphan. (Somewhat reminiscent of Old Testament Jonathan's crippled son.) A healthy baby prince is dropped by a careless nurse enroute to his christening; when both his parents die, he is at the mercy of his ambitious uncle/regent who has him secreted away to a lonely tower on a barren plain. (Reminds me of the Chinese folk tale: The Emperor and the Kite). With only a female convict as a nanny, the little lame prince grows to boyhood in utter loneliness, until his fairy godmother gives him a magic cloak which he uses to travel on the sly. Not to escape, but to see more of the world, and the kingdom which should be his. But would the people accept a crippled monarch, even if he could escape and denounce his uncle? The cloak has an even greater significance for him, since it provides him with love (reminding him that ONE person cares for him) and hope. Is being a king someday what he really wants for personal happiness? An ingenuous tale which will soften the hearts of modern readers--but probably bore kids of the 21st cnetury, alas. It takes a mature person with a childlike heart to appreicate such a a quaint tale. (May 16, 2010. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Norma Christensen

    I found this little old fairy tale at my Mom's house. The inscription which was hand written on the inside cover said, "Ila Carlisle, I am 14 1/2 and I have light brown hair and right now it is fixed like this and is pretty. I have blue eyes and ugly teeth and ugly smile. I am not so hot looking. I had a heavenly time at Marg's wedding." My Aunt Marg got married in August of 1936. I was intrigued about how this young girl felt about herself, and how I felt about myself as a young teenage girl. I I found this little old fairy tale at my Mom's house. The inscription which was hand written on the inside cover said, "Ila Carlisle, I am 14 1/2 and I have light brown hair and right now it is fixed like this and is pretty. I have blue eyes and ugly teeth and ugly smile. I am not so hot looking. I had a heavenly time at Marg's wedding." My Aunt Marg got married in August of 1936. I was intrigued about how this young girl felt about herself, and how I felt about myself as a young teenage girl. I read the story because the book was so cute and old, and so was the story. I would like to have my children again curled by my side to read this charming tale. Why do we not take the time when we have it? My children are grown and my grandchildren are leaving the nest. Our lives truly do fly in front of our lives.

  16. 5 out of 5

    HL

    Like many others, I read this as a child and my memory of it was that it was spellbinding. I found it in our church library and didn't want anyone to find me in there reading it because I knew they would make me leave it and I didn't know when I would ever get to come back. To this day, when I visit that church, I can't even find the library anymore. (So Harry Potteresque a memory - a missing yet delightful room that appeared when I needed it most - but that is another story.) Again, like Like many others, I read this as a child and my memory of it was that it was spellbinding. I found it in our church library and didn't want anyone to find me in there reading it because I knew they would make me leave it and I didn't know when I would ever get to come back. To this day, when I visit that church, I can't even find the library anymore. (So Harry Potteresque a memory - a missing yet delightful room that appeared when I needed it most - but that is another story.) Again, like others, I didn't notice that the language was old fashioned and simply devoured the story itself. Loved the Prince's plight, attitude, explorations, and redemption.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    What a wonderful find this story was. I imagine it would make a lovely bedtime read-aloud for a child, as it would provide opportunity for conversation on accepting hardship, how one might react when things happen out of our control, and the importance of forgiveness and humility. Very rare to find in a (well-written) children's book. [This rating and review applies to the ten chapters of "The Little Lame Prince" rather than the five short stories I was surprised to find at the end, and didn't What a wonderful find this story was. I imagine it would make a lovely bedtime read-aloud for a child, as it would provide opportunity for conversation on accepting hardship, how one might react when things happen out of our control, and the importance of forgiveness and humility. Very rare to find in a (well-written) children's book. [This rating and review applies to the ten chapters of "The Little Lame Prince" rather than the five short stories I was surprised to find at the end, and didn't enjoy quite as much.]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Petersen Wolven

    This is an example of a book you read as a child that stays with you forever. I don't even remember how old I was when I read it, but recall clearly the flights of fancy my mind took as a result. I was young enough to be able to dream about being locked in a tower by an evil uncle and flying to freedom. I remember becoming so caught up in the story that I read it on a folded blanket on the floor that I could pretend was my own traveling cloak. I am delighted that it is still in print!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bouthainah Abdullah 240521

    The little lame prince when I start to read it in the beginning I felt boring but when I read it more I understand each part and what they said about the prince . This book was amazing and I like it a lot because I learned how to deal with ather people and alao it learned us to be nice with people and don't make them imbaresing so I suggest everyone to read this amazing book because it's really interesting .

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tira

    The stories are a bit involved for small children. However, the stories are nice moral based fairy tales. This Kindle version holds six stories. The Little Lame Prince The Invisible Prince Prince Cherry The Prince with the Nose The Frog Prince Clever Alice

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hadas Cassorla

    This is a GREAT book. I remember it still and I read it as a 9 year old maybe?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    One of my childhood favorites.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Loved this book at a child! Several scenes from it made indelible pictures in my mind I have to this day.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Leivas

    One of my favorite books when I was a kid. Read it again as an adult and still enjoyed it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz F.

    That was interesting... *shrugs* It was an okay story, but I didn't love it. 3 stars. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    The book came with a sentimental recommendation from a dear friend. I was reading an old, well-read copy with delightful illustrations. Despite all these positives, I loathed the story. Prince Dolor is paralyzed by his nurse, orphaned and locked away in a tower all in the first chapter or two. Before all this tragedy is heaped on Craik manages to create an interesting kingdom rich with traditions but she tosses this all aside to instead create a miserable childhood for her royal protagonist. I The book came with a sentimental recommendation from a dear friend. I was reading an old, well-read copy with delightful illustrations. Despite all these positives, I loathed the story. Prince Dolor is paralyzed by his nurse, orphaned and locked away in a tower all in the first chapter or two. Before all this tragedy is heaped on Craik manages to create an interesting kingdom rich with traditions but she tosses this all aside to instead create a miserable childhood for her royal protagonist. I realize that the orphan protagonist is a mainstay of the fairytale and of children's fiction but it took a potentially interesting fantasy story and turned it into just another run of the mill fairytale. The book does eventually redeem itself when the teenage prince confronts his uncle who usurped his throne and imprisoned him in the tower for all those years. His reaction to his imprisonment was interesting and and unexpectedly wise. But this moment of maturity from King Dolor is short-lived and the book goes back to being just another fairytale. So out of fourteen chapters, it has two brilliant chapters and twelve ho-hum chapters. If you like Victorian fantasy and haven't read it, you should check it out. Harry Potter fans might also like it. Everyone else can take it or leave it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rosemary Wells presents the story of The Little Lame Prince in a cute and entertaining way. In the story, Francisco the pig becomes lame after being dropped by his beautiful but less than vigilant chambermaid. The story becomes sad when the Queen dies and then sadder still when the King dies and Francisco is sent away so that Osvaldo can take the throne. While he is away, Francisco reads a lot and learns a lot. One night he is visited by his Fairy Godmother who gives him a cape to fly on. Many Rosemary Wells presents the story of The Little Lame Prince in a cute and entertaining way. In the story, Francisco the pig becomes lame after being dropped by his beautiful but less than vigilant chambermaid. The story becomes sad when the Queen dies and then sadder still when the King dies and Francisco is sent away so that Osvaldo can take the throne. While he is away, Francisco reads a lot and learns a lot. One night he is visited by his Fairy Godmother who gives him a cape to fly on. Many years later, Francisco is told that he is the rightful King of El Cordoba. When Francisco journeys to El Cordoba to claim his crown, the disbelieving Osvaldo dies. His Queen, Isabella, cries tears of joy. Francisco takes his rightful place as King and the kingdom is happy. Francisco finds happiness in the love and acceptance from his royal subjects who love him and decorate his wheelchair for him. Every once in awhile he flies on his cape---not to escape or feel better about being crippled, but just for the fun and excitement of it. We enjoyed reading this out loud.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dex

    It may not appeal to many young children now, as the voice and story are a bit aged. But it really is an adorable story that stays with you after reading. It isn't particularly exciting, but it draws you in emotionally, and has you rooting for the prince the entire time. It has a lot of themes that children should learn, as well as a great deeper meaning (which I won't spoil). It's really a very cute, magical little story. I recommend it, for children as well as adults, who I also think can It may not appeal to many young children now, as the voice and story are a bit aged. But it really is an adorable story that stays with you after reading. It isn't particularly exciting, but it draws you in emotionally, and has you rooting for the prince the entire time. It has a lot of themes that children should learn, as well as a great deeper meaning (which I won't spoil). It's really a very cute, magical little story. I recommend it, for children as well as adults, who I also think can appreciate it very much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    classicsreader

    the writing in this book is very formal, and typical to the standard fairytale reading. Because of my disinterest in fairytales generally, I had a really hard time into it, right at first. But, once I got through the main 'fairytale part', then it became poignant, and then, right towards the end, it even became clever. I gave it three stars because of how slow it was in getting to the point, and how inanely formal it also was. but that is my own personal taste..as far as qualifying/rating it as the writing in this book is very formal, and typical to the standard fairytale reading. Because of my disinterest in fairytales generally, I had a really hard time into it, right at first. But, once I got through the main 'fairytale part', then it became poignant, and then, right towards the end, it even became clever. I gave it three stars because of how slow it was in getting to the point, and how inanely formal it also was. but that is my own personal taste..as far as qualifying/rating it as a 'classic' (aka, a must read); I'd definitely rate it as either 4 or 5.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Like many others here, I read this book when I was about eight years old, and absolutely loved it. I reread it recently, and found it as wise and well-crafted as I'd remembered. Dolor and the nurse are unforgettable characters, and so is the godmother! It's true that the language is old-fashioned and the narration a bit intrusive by modern standards. It doesn't matter. This gentle story has considerable emotional depth, and it still comes through.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.