The Little Lame Prince by Miss Mulock

In this timeless story with original illustrations, young Prince Dolor, paralyzed in an accident while a baby, is imprisoned in a lonely tower by his usurping uncle. He is visited by his mysterious godmother who provides him with gifts, including a magical travelling cloak that allows him to fly across the land. He uses this cloak to go on various adventures, developing great wisdom and empathy in the process, allowing him to eventually find a way to return to his rightful place on the throne.

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.
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