But the King would her none of it. "My Cora is not depressed," he would say, "She is just having one very bad day."
But a week went by, and Princess Cora still didn't want to get out of bed. "It's too much bother!" she would say, "And why would I get up, when there's nothing to do? It's so boring being a princess!"
Although the King and Queen did not believe that there was anything seriously wrong with Cora, they were starting to get worried about her, so they sent for the Fairy Godmother.
The Fairy Godmother sat on the side of Princess Cora's canopy bed. Princess Cora looked up, and then rolled over. She pulled the green and yellow blankets over her head and groaned.
"What is it, child?" the Fairy Godmother said. "What's wrong? Why won't you get out of bed?"
"Oh, Fairy Godmother," Princess Cora said, sighing. "I just don't want to be a princess anymore. It's just no fun at all."
"Well, my dear, I can grant you one wish," the Fairy Godmother said. "What is it that you wish for?"
"I wish that I was a caterpillar in a cocoon, so that I could stay in bed as long as I want," Princess Cora said.
"If that's what you wish for, so be it," the Fairy Godmother said, smiling.
The Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand and Poof! – Princess Cora turned into a caterpillar. The green and yellow blankets turned into her cocoon and she hung high above in the canopy of her bed.
"Ahhh, this is perfect!" Princess Cora as she rolled over in her new caterpillar body. "It's like being in a hammock in here! Thanks, Fairy Godmother - I am finally happy!"
Well, the King and Queen were not too happy that the Fairy Godmother turned their only daughter into a caterpillar.
"What are we going to do with her now? How can she be a princess when she's all bound up in silken blankets?" the Queen asked, frowning.
"Just wait, Your Majesty, just wait," the Fairy Godmother said, nodding her head. "Soon Princess Cora will be the best princess she could ever be."
So the entire Kingdom waited and waited. Then one day, the Princess' cocoon started to crack. Princess Cora started to fall, but somehow she did not fall far. She was saved by beautiful yellow and green wings. A caterpillar no more, Princess Cora was now a butterfly.
"Weeeee!" she said, as she fluttered about. "This is fun!"
Princess Cora was not only out of bed, but she was flitting this way and that, flying here, there and everywhere.
The King and Queen were so happy to see Princess Cora out of bed, that it didn't matter to them that she was a butterfly. But most of all, the King and Queen were happy to see Princess Cora smiling and laughing again. The cranky princess wasn't so cranky anymore.