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Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) Hardcover – September 22, 2009
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009:
“Smith’s elegantly cartoonish brush-and-ink character survives an exhilarating scare involving a kite, a rescue and a newly formed friendship. Heide’s prose takes off just when Hyacinth does.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 17, 2009:
"Heide possesses the ability to tell a moralistic tale without a hint of didacticism."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2009:
“Heide’s tale bubbles with effervescence, drawing readers into the fantasy with a lively, conversational text.”
About the Author
Florence Parry Heide is the award-winning author of more than fifty books, including the Treehorn titles, illustrated by Edward Gorey.
Lane Smith’s many accolades include two Caldecott Honors, two New York Times Best Illustrated Book Awards, several ALA-ALSC Notable Awards, and countless “Best Book” citations from School Library Journal, Booklist, The Bulletin, and others. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.
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Smith seems to love being involved in slightly off-kilter stories (as those familiar with his collaborations with Jon Scieska i.e. "The Stinky Cheese Man" will know). This book continues in that vein:
Princess Hyacinth floats and there's nothing to be done about it; she is incredibly bored/lonely. One day she ends up floating outside. Just when it looks as though she will float completely away she's tangled in a kite string and a friendship is born.
I highly recommend this book for little girls who love princesses and adults who are tired of them.