Sophie, Countess of Segur was a Russian-born French writer who lived from 1799 to 1874. This collection of stories draws on the rich heritage of French medieval literature, courtly love, magic charms and gallant deeds. In each story, the hero or heroine must undertake a quest or overcome a series of impossible challenges in order to reach their goal - often with the aid of magic. The stories are remarkably vibrant and well written, containing many elements of surprise and humour as well as chivalry and courtly romance.
Never, ever judge a book by its cover, for you could lose out on such wonderful things! The Prince found his way to this marvelous castle, which appeared to be mysteriously run by 12 hands that floated hither and yon, yet dressed him, fed him, and entertained him...until he met the true owner of the castle, a white cat. But was she really a cat? She could talk about the most interesting things, and was very intelligent. The Prince was falling in love with a cat! Then one day, she told him to do something drastic to her, but why?
Three strikes and you're out! They say a woman is never satisfied. A beautiful young princess asks her suitor to do three impossible things to win her hand. Little does she know that he has help in the form of special animals, and he is able to get through all three unscathed.