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The Very Fairy Princess Hardcover – May 18, 2010

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—As any library staff member will tell you, there can never be too many princess stories. While this collaboration between Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Hamilton, does not stand out as anything particularly different, it does have enough sparkle to keep young readers interested. Geraldine leads a rather ordinary life, and each page highlights a part of her mundane day. However, in the grand tradition of other literary, bedazzled mini-divas, Geraldine's imagination and love for the color pink brighten the daily grind of being a scab-kneed little girl. Readers will enjoy Geraldine's princess attitude and the vibrant fantasy brought to life through Davenier's ink and colored pencil illustrations. However, for girly girl stories with a bit more attitude, stick with reigning princesses Eloise, Fancy Nancy, and Olivia.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA
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A girl who believes she is really a princess isn't a new premise in children's literature, so it's refreshing to find a very real little girl as our protagonist, especially given a title that evokes an expectation of a more traditionally froufrou young royal. Geraldine (Gerry) just knows she is a princess and narrates the events of her day, offering commentary about her many doubters: “My brother, Stewart, says princesses don't wear sneakers and don't have scabby knees.” Gerry's type of princess isn't too precious; in response to her brother, she asserts, “Fairy princesses are very practical.” A long day passes—breakfast, school, playtime, and dinner—before the one person who never doubts her comes home: Daddy. Freckled, spiky haired, pink clad, and irrepressible, Geraldine is reminiscent of Eloise. She lets kids know it's not necessary to be prim and proper to be a “real” princess; princesses who just want to have fun will find plenty of that here. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Diane Foote
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Very Fairy Princess (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316040509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316040501
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Very Fairy Princess" is a charming and witty story about young Geraldine, who believes with her entire being that she is a fairy princess -- even when others do not. She believes because she feels it inside. Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton have written a brilliant story with a very strong message and creative language every little girl will remember and want to use. The book is beautifully illustrated.

I know after reading this book to my granddaughter, she was showing us her "sparkle." It also gave us the opportunity to encourage her to find the sparkle in her mommy, daddy, grandma and grandpa. It's challenging to find the right words to use when talking with young children about inner belief, courage and self-esteem. It is remarkable how just one special word, "sparkle" can convey so much to a young child. This book is a keeper with our princess! I highly recommend it for all little princesses 4-8 yrs of age.
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I gave this book to my granddaughter. This is the 3rdbook I have purchased in this series. It has an adorable story line with not an emphasis on princesses, but rather on reality. One book was about her wanting to be the princess in the school play, She didn't get that part, but the part she did get stole the show. If the little girl in your life loves princesses, and your not too keen on that, this book gives the joy to her and a good feeling for you.
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Julie and Emma have done it again. This is a delightful book for real-life fairy princesses, the kind who get skinned knees and have dirt under their fingernails, while at the same time delighting in flights of fancy, pretty dresses, and gossamer wings.

The child I am still (at heart) loved the book -- the adult I am (on the outside at least) relished the urging to "let my SPARKLE out!"

It's a wonderful book to read with your own Very Fairy Princess -- and then see how many ways both of you can SPARKLE throughout your day.

This is definitely going on my list of "good books to give as gifts"! Thanks, Julie and Emma!
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I am giving this to her for Valentine. I
read it myself and loved it. I also made
her a Valentine from a copy of the front
cover. It is perfect for Valentine since
it has a big Heart on the front.
Dr. Dariah Morgan
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma and bought three copies: two as gifts for little girls who I know will adore it, being that they, too, think they are fairy princesses... and one for myself! The message underlying the story is a good one, and children (as well as the adults reading to them) can all come away from the reading with a warm feeling in their hearts!
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A cute story for all little girls and one to which all can relate--from falls and scratched up knees to being tired and feeling a need to rest.
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I was really hoping this would offer a different perspective on the princess theme, but it's pretty standard fare. A little girl who wants to wear pink, eat pink things, play with glitter and sequins and her "sparkle" shines best when she does ballet? *yawn*. Yes, there is actual mention of scabbed knees and frog rescue but it's within a pinkpinkPINKpinkPINK context. Boo. How about really turning the universe upside-down and making a princess like BLUE? Heaven forbid!

So anyways... if you want yet another pretty pink ballerina princess book, this is one of those. If you're looking for something different, skip it!
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A lot of hype over this book so I purchased it for my 3.5 yr old twins. They do like the book and the message is a good one but I don't love the book would not give it 5 stars but 4 instead. The writing could be a little more creative instead of repeating "that is the price you pay" twice which I don't find to be very well written statement. I do like this book but like the Ladybug Girl series better.
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