Book: The Very Fairy Princess: Sparkles in the Snow Authors: Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton Illustrator: Christine Davenier Publisher: Little Brown and Company Date: October 15, 2013 Genre: children's picture book Pages: 32 Price: $18 - $20 My rating: delightful story that will encourage young readers
The Very Fairy Princess: Sparkles in the Snow was written by mother-daughter team, the famous Julie Andrews and her accomplished daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.
Geraldine is a little girl who believes in her heart that she is a fairy princess. She wears her tiara all the time and is cheerful and helpful (most of the time) because she has a SPARKLY feeling inside.
Gerry is excited because they are having a Winter Wonderland Festival at school. The best part is the concert when she gets to sing with the chorus. She does everything she can to impress their music teacher so he will be persuaded to select her as the one to sing the solo. When he announces that there is a professional singer coming to be the soloist Gerry is very disappointed.
The day of the concert is a snowy one – just right for a Winter Wonderland – and that cheers up the fairy princess. She and her family get ready to go to the school as she warms up her voice. When they finally arrive through the storm the music teacher, Mr. Higginbottom, tells them the storm has prevented the soloist from making it to the concert. He has to make a decision. That’s when Gerry discovers she’s forgotten her shoes! (She does something very creative, which, apparently, is something the author, Julie Andrews, did as a child to remedy a similar situation.)
Here are some of Geraldine’s rules of life as a fairy princess:
- try to spread joy and wonder whenever and wherever you can
- take a frown and turn it upside down
- always be well prepared
- always be happy to lend a hand in a crisis
The Very Fairy Princess: Sparkles in the Snow is entertaining, realistic, and funny in the right places. It’s easy to read and holds the reader’s attention. Children will be encouraged to believe in themselves and to have a positive attitude. (Personally, I believe this book is especially helpful to little girls who often feel insignificant.)
The illustrations by Christine Davenier are delightful and so precisely capture the heart of the story. Through the descriptive artwork the reader is given a rounded-out view of the story so that the main character is understood even better.
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