This is a children’s tale that begins with a poem, centers on a riddle, and weaves songs throughout the narrative. It is an adventurous tale of 9-year-old Queen Velveena Ester S. Brookings, who wants desperately to be a beautiful princess. Veena’s yearnings are set aside to save a boy who is locked in a deserted castle by a magician’s evil spell.
Our solar system’s constellations are main characters, especially “Queen” Cassiopeia. An evil king, Veena’s parents, the boy, and other humans are mere shadow characters, if present at all. We don’t even meet the boy that our girl/queen/hero sets out to save, until the very last page.
This is Veena’s story all the way. She knows her weaknesses, yet manages to overcome them to do the right thing. She also knows her strengths, but will only shine a light on them in order to solve the riddle and save the boy.
© Patti Hall and https://1writeplace.wordpress.com, 2013.