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Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD600L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Young Hoosier Primary Awards 2011-2012
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; Stated 1st Edition edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375845011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375845017
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Margot Magowan on January 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book gets my highest ***GGG*** rating as empowering for girls. Yes, Hyacinth is a princess but this book is not just another princess book. Instead, it's a great example of successfully appropriating classic female imagery and narrative, making it wonderful and powerful. Princesss Hyacinth has a flowery name but not a flowery look. As a brown haired, brown eyed girl myself, I always appreciate when the star of a kids book has my (and my middle daughter) not so typically princessy coloring. This story is also great to explain narrative style to kids because it begins: "Princess Hyacinth had a problem." (I tell my kids every story has a problem because creating that problem helps them focus when they tell their own stories, which otherwise tend to go on and on and on.) Hyacinth has a magical power- her problem is she floats, so her parents keep her inside and weigh her down with a heavy crown (which shows kids being a princess isn't so great after all.) She has a crush on a boy who flies a kite, but she's not sure if he likes her or not. One day, she's outside and sees a bunch of baloons. She takes off her clothes, except for her royal underwear, and the baloon guy lets her float up, holding on to her with a string. He loses his grip, and she is off- somersaulting and flying about, having a great time. But her parenst are very worried, no one can find her or get her down. Suddenly, she is tangled up in the boy's kite, and he reels her in. After that, every day she goes out and floats and every evening, the boy she loves reels her in; then they go to the palace together and have tea and popcorn.Read more ›
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This hilarious tale has become a new family favorite. Not only are the story and pictures wonderful, but the typography adds to the story and makes it fun to read. I never tire of reading this book to my kiddos because it is genuinely funny and entertaining - even after reading it 500 times it still makes us all laugh. I have given it as a gift, and it is a great picture book addition to the family library.
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What a lovely, charming book--truly one of the greatest on our overflowing bookshelves. Our family adores this story for a lot of reasons, including its whimsical, fairytale-ish feel. The illustrations are gorgeous, the typefonts amazing, and the writing is among the best we've encountered in contemporary books. This is an author who understands how to write a story that teaches the reader how to read it...the words flow as she wants them to (beautifully and bewitchingly!), with a very specific tonality and flair. This is not a book with grammar flaws (shame on another reviewer for suggesting this), but rather one that uses language as poetry. Bravo to the author...we look forward to collecting her books in the coming years!
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Last time I saw my good friend she was telling me, a little despairingly, about how her 5 year old daughter is really into the princess thing lately, despite her mom never really exposing her to all the pink nonsense that whole theme can quickly elevate to. So when her birthday came around a couple months ago (I always send her books every year) I thought I'd look for an unconventional book about a princess. This one had great reviews and was a hit with Mia because of the princess AND with her mom because of the empowering story and non-over-the-top usual princess hoopla.
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Both our son and daughter love this book and request it frequently. Even though she is "rescued" by a boy, it's still nice turn on the helpless princess story. Princess Hyacinth is spunky, fearless and daring. Illustrations are lovely and humorous. It's one I don't mind reading aloud over, and over, and over ...
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I purchased this book for my 5 yr old niece. The book has lovely illustrations and very cute story, but as I was reading it with her, I realized it also has some pretty terrible grammar in places. I know that my niece probably didn't notice it, but it felt careless to me, as though the writer didn't think it was necessary to proofread for kids. Reading it out loud with her, I felt the flow of the narrative and the page breaks awkward at times. However, I think she enjoyed the story, book, and illustrations, and that matters more than my concerns!
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Princess Hyacinth looked like every other little girl. She had nice rosy cheeks, long, pretty brown hair she tucked behind her ears, and wore a cute little dress and a nice set of bloomers. You'd never know there was anything unusual about her unless you hung around her for a while. All of a sudden she would just float "up, up, up." Naturally this alarmed the King and Queen. They decided that something simply had to be done before they lost her so they had "little golden weights sewn into the hems" of her gowns and added a few other weighty things to her clothing. Poor Hyacinth.

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.
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