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Literature / Tales of the Frog Princess

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A book series by E. D. Baker that was the very, very loose inspiration for The Princess and the Frog. The books are, in order:

  • The Frog Princess (2002)
  • Dragon's Breath (2003)
  • Once Upon a Curse (2004)
  • No Place For Magic (2006)
  • The Salamander Spell (2007)
  • The Dragon Princess (2008)
  • Dragon Kiss (2009)
  • A Prince Among Frogs (2010)
  • The Frog Princess Returns (2017)

The first four books in the series follow Princess Emeralda (AKA Emma), a tall, awkward, clumsy princess who constantly hides in the swamp to avoid her mother. There, she meets prince-turned-frog Eadric. During the first four books, Emma and Eadric fall in love, Emma comes into her abilities as a witch, and they end the curse that has been plaguing Emma's family. The fifth book is a prequel about Emma's aunt Grassina. The last three books are about Emma and Eadric's daughter Millie.


The series was dormant for over six years before E.D. Baker announced on her facebook page that a new novel, "The Frog Princess Returns," set in between the third and fourth books, would be released in the summer of 2017.


  • Abusive Parents:
    • Haywood's father was emotionally abusive, before letting all his brothers gang up on him at once and attack him.
    • Chartreuse is borderline emotionally abusive to Emma, constantly criticizing her and making it very clear she'd prefer if Emma were different.
  • Arranged Marriage: The first book gets kicked off when Emma is engaged (completely against her will) to Prince Jorge. She gets out of it.
  • Betty and Veronica: Sweet, naive, bubbly Li'l vs. spoiled, arrogant Hazel, for Garrid. Subverted in that Garrid was never really interested in Hazel — he was courting her for political reasons.
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  • Big Little Sister: Grassina to Chartreuse, as Grassina is far more more powerful and respected, despite Chartreuse being queen.
  • Cool Old Lady: Olivene, even while she was under the family curse. Especially while she was under the family curse. It helps that she's an insanely powerful witch who always makes her opinion known.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Garrid is a vampire who competes in a jousting tournament under the name "The Black Knight," but is a good guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Emma at times. Being sarcastic is how she copes with things, especially in earlier books.
    • Zoe also has her moments, presumably for the same reason.
    • Grassina and Olivene were like this while under the influence of the curse.
    Emma: If you don't have time to talk to me, I can come back later.
    Curse!Grassina: Don't be silly. Of course I don't have the time.
  • Death by Childbirth: Haywood's mother died giving birth to his youngest sister.
  • Fiery Redhead: Grassina in her youth, with auburn hair and an explosive temper.
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  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Garrid, who's a very helpful and usually cheerful ally towards our heroes.
  • Happily Married: All of the married couples in the series are incredibly happy together. Even Limelyn and Chartreuse, though they don't talk much by the time of the main series, do genuinely love each other.
  • Interspecies Romance: Li'l and Garrid; a real bat with a vampire who can turn into a bat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Francis, who is sarcastic and has no qualms about picking on his cousin, but is a loyal, chivalrious and brave young man.
    • Eadric is stubborn, sarcastic and hotheaded, but a good man who's always loyal to Emma.
  • Kaizo Trap: Non-video game example. The spell that turned Haywood into an otter has an escape clause, but completing it makes a shower of flowers fall from the sky. Emma's family is cursed so that any woman over the age of 16 who touches a flower will become an ugly Jerkass. Grassina undoes the spell, but is cursed in return.
  • Meaningful Name: Vannabe is a wannabe witch.
    • Li'l, well... is.
  • Painful Transformation: Turning into a dragon isn't very pleasant.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Haywood and Grassina. Even they realize how stupid they sound in Salamander Spell.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Emma only has eyes for Eadric (though Eadric has loved a girl before Emma), Li'l and Garrid only have eyes for one another, and Grassina and Haywood... well, they were apart for over two decades and neither of them ever got together with someone else.
  • Skewed Priorities: Chartreuse is utterly horrified that Emma was alone with an unrelated young man (i.e., Eadric) with no chaperone for several days, to which Emma exasperatedly has to remind her that they were frogs at the time.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Millie I, Grassina, Emma (though how spoiled she really was is up for debate), and Eadric are all royalty and grew up in privilege, but are nice people.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: In Once Upon a Curse, once arriving in the Dark Ages, Emma is initially mistaken for one of the many daughters of Uncle Markus and Aunt Frederika, which she goes with in order to have an excuse to hang around the castle. However, said daughters and aunt are clearly confused when Emma waves to them, and Emma makes every effort to avoid them. Millie then tells Emma that she's figured it out — Aunt Frederika isn't really Emma's mother, but Uncle Markus is her father, and Frederika was forced to raise her as her own despite resenting Emma for it. Emma's relieved that Millie's found her own explanation, and plays along.
  • Time Travel: In Once Upon a Curse, Emma, Eadric and Li'l travel back to the Dark Ages.
  • Vague Age: Garrid. He looks like he's a young man, but isn't. We know he's old, but we don't know how old.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Garrid is described as being very, very handsome.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Emma mentions that Garrid's relatives in No Place For Magic have an odd accent. Judging by the audiobooks, the trope applies to Garrid himself.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Francis's parents, Haywood and Grassina, wish he would practice magic more often, but Francis just isn't interested.
    • Hinted at with Garrid and Zoe, due to Zoe not being on board with the whole "drinking blood" thing.

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