The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
The Best of Times
Prince Frederico and Princess Serafina are married and should live happily ever after, but the Princess becomes sad. She stops talking, eating and soon goes into a decline. Christmas is approaching but the Princess may die of sadness before New Year.
The Prince rides out on his horse, full of grief and desperation. He meets a group of travelling puppeteers and tells them his sad tale.
The Prince invites entertainers to the palace to cheer up the Princess. The puppeteers come too and perform the greatest story – the Christmas Nativity story.
The Princess is moved to tears and then to laughter – she recovers and the puppeteers do not ask for a reward.
A seasonal fairy tale in a small book, excellently illustrated.