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Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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“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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
When she went to bed and took off all those clothes it wasn't a problem because when she floated to the ceiling five attendants with a ladder could always retrieve her. Hyacinth soooo wanted to go outside and play with the "children who came to play on the Palace Grounds." No, no, no. She would just sit in her little blue polka dot bathing suit lashed to a bench and weighted down with her crown. There was one little boy, whose name was Boy, who did wave to and visit her daily. She became so bored she waddled (you would too) to the park attached to all that heavily weighted clothing. She asked the Balloon man if he would tie her ankle to the balloons and let her float. That he did, but what happened next was horrifying. Hyacinth POPPED up into the sky when he let go. Would anyone be able to rescue the little princess?
This is an uproariously adorable story that will give your youngster a case of the giggles. Many children's books center on one common theme or another, but this one was very unique. I'm not saying other children's books are boring by any stretch of the imagination, but this one was very madcap and a lot of fun to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my 4yo daughter's favorites. After getting it out of the library, we had to get our own copy. Fun story for parent and child. Adorable illustrations.Published 11 months ago by clg41618
This book is adorable. I think I enjoy reading it to my child as much as she enjoys it being read to her.Published 13 months ago by Young Forever
A nice change from the normal princess stories. My 4 year old loves it.Published 14 months ago by J. Nieporte
A refreshingly different tale gently instructing us al to appreciate our differences. Illustrations so charming you just want to hold them to your breast.Published 18 months ago by Mary Dean Cason
My children and I like this story a lot. It is not the BEST pro-girl princess book ever, but it is a good one.Published on June 24, 2014 by Sara
My daughter and I love this book! The illustrations and text are fresh and fun. I highly recommend Princess Hyacinth!Published on January 11, 2014 by C. Lee