There once was a time of many kings and queens. Their children were princes and princesses. One of these princes was Prince Carrots. Prince Carrots was hard to look at. His head was too wide. His mouth was too big. And he had orange hair. That is why he was called Prince Carrots.
The queen was upset about the way he looked. His head was too wide. His mouth was much too big. And she did not like the color of his hair.
"You must not worry," said Mercury the Magician. "The prince will be very intelligent. I can give him a special gift. He can give his intelligence to the person he loves the most."
But every year, the prince's face grew wider. His nose grew longer. His mouth grew bigger. His hair even became a brighter orange. But he was very intelligent. His father, the king, asked him questions. "Do you know about the Trojan War?" the king asked.
"Of course, Father," Prince Carrots said. "Helen was kidnapped from Greece by a Trojan named Paris. Greek soldiers hid in a giant wooden horse. The horse was taken to the gates of Troy. The soldiers spilled out of the horse and attacked Troy. They wanted to rescue Helen because they loved her. She was very beautiful."
His mother, the queen, asked him questions, too. "Where do pearls come from?" the queen asked.
"From an oyster," Prince Carrots said. "When sand gets in its shell, it feels uncomfortable. It makes a pearl from the sand. Even sand can become beautiful."
Prince Carrots could also make people laugh.
"Carrots are good for your eyes," he would say.
"All except Prince Carrots," someone would reply.
Everyone tried hard not to laugh. It wasn't nice to make fun of the prince, who would simply reply, "Have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses?"
Everyone would laugh, and the prince would smile.
One day, a princess from a nearby kingdom noticed Prince Carrots's smile.
Prince Carrots saw the princess glance at him. He was surprised that this princess would look at him, because she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.
She had a lovely face. Her nose was perfect. She had a pretty mouth. Her hair was gorgeous.
Prince Carrots could not look away.
He went to the princess and introduced himself.
"I am Prince Carrots," he said.
"I am Princess Pia," she said.
"I am honored to meet you," he said.
"It is I who am honored to meet you," she said.
He was shocked. No princess was ever honored to meet him. "I have been told that you are smart," she said.
Still, she did not smile. The princess was sad.
He sat down next to her. He told her a joke, but she did not laugh. She did not understand his joke.
Find out how Prince Carrots tried to make the princess happy on the next page.