Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

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by Florence Parry Heide, Lane Smith
     
 

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Bestselling Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith and legendary author Florence Parry Heide have teamed up to create an unforgettable princess sure to charm and delight young readers.

Princess Hyacinth has a problem: she floats. And so the king and queen have pebbles sewn into the tops of her socks, and force her to wear a crown encrusted with the heaviest

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Bestselling Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith and legendary author Florence Parry Heide have teamed up to create an unforgettable princess sure to charm and delight young readers.

Princess Hyacinth has a problem: she floats. And so the king and queen have pebbles sewn into the tops of her socks, and force her to wear a crown encrusted with the heaviest jewels in the kingdom to keep her earthbound. But one day, Hyacinth comes across a balloon man and decides to take off all her princess clothes, grab a balloon, and float free. Hooray! Alas, when the balloon man lets go of the string . . . off she goes. Luckily, there is a kite and a boy named Boy to save her.

Editorial Reviews

Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith and Shrinking of Treehorn author Florence Parry Heide know that all great books begin with a perplexing problem. In this instance, the perplex is regal: Princess Hyacinth floats. Trying to tie down this royal entity would be difficult, but it becomes impossible when young Hyacinth decides to grab a balloon and take to the skies! And that, boys and girls, is just the beginning of her adventures.… An uplifting story in several senses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375845017
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
562,893
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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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Princess Hyacinth 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
EmCee More than 1 year ago
Tired of the princess stories focused on looks, love and marriage? This one is a cute story that defies gravity--literally. My husband got it for my girls (3 and 5,) and we've all enjoyed reading it multiple times. Besides the simple pleasure of reading about this unusual princess, the story has given us topics for conversation (i.e. where would you like to go if you could float instead of having to walk? how do you think it would feel to float? ...and the more serious topic of gravity: why don't we all float?)
MamaFox97 More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out at the library, loved it, and had to get my own copy. I have little boys, but they found this book to be very funny. They love that the princess got tangled in a kite, and had to have a seatbelt to strap her down. The artwork is just beautiful! This is a really great book! It's not your common princess book.
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Drama_MamaNH More than 1 year ago
The lesson in this tale is that parents and little kids can learn to compromise, even with young children and within the rarest of circumstances, such as uncontrollable floating!
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