The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl!

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Gerry is asked to be the flower girl in Aunt Sue's wedding, and she couldn't be more excited. Her imagination runs wild with thoughts of extravagant decorations, a billowy white gown, and hundreds of guests. When she finds out the bride prefers a small celebration, Gerry can't help but be disappointed... but she soon realizes that having the wedding in her own backyard will let her put her creative stamp on everything. Even when disaster strikes in the form of rain on the big day, Gerry finds a way to bring ...

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Gerry is asked to be the flower girl in Aunt Sue's wedding, and she couldn't be more excited. Her imagination runs wild with thoughts of extravagant decorations, a billowy white gown, and hundreds of guests. When she finds out the bride prefers a small celebration, Gerry can't help but be disappointed... but she soon realizes that having the wedding in her own backyard will let her put her creative stamp on everything. Even when disaster strikes in the form of rain on the big day, Gerry finds a way to bring sunshine to the party, reminding everyone that the most important thing at a wedding is the most special sparkle of all - happiness and love.

Christine Davenier's whimsically elegant illustrations include lush garden scenes and plenty of wedding flowers in this spirited follow-up to The Very Fairy Princess and The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage from the renowned mother-daughter team.

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Julie Andrews' latest Very Fairy Princess picture book shows that dreams can be fulfilled in many ways. As little Gerry contemplates her Aunt Sue's wedding, this flower-girl-to-be fantasizes about a gala of royal proportions, but then she learns that the bridal pair want a small wedding in her own somewhat small backyard. Our plucky protagonist adjusts well to the new reality, but soon quite literal rain clouds threaten to put a damper on the nuptials. What Gerry does next will save the big day—and teach fairy princess readers a valuable lesson.

Lisa Dugan

Publishers Weekly
Fairy princess Geraldine is back, pink wings and all, for her third outing, and when she’s asked to be a flower girl in her aunt’s wedding, she’s eager to share her expertise: “I can put my royal stamp on everything and make sure there’s plenty of sparkle.” The ceremony is more of a low-key affair than Geraldine expects, and the threat of rain provides the story’s only real moment of tension. But Geraldine’s confidence and boisterous enthusiasm remain a winning combination (“Any fairy princess knows that exploding birds can ruin a wedding,” she says, explaining the family’s choice to use birdseed instead of rice), and Davenier’s wonderfully airy illustrations underscore Geraldine’s belief in her own magic. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When Geraldine is asked to be a flower girl at her aunt's wedding, the very fairy princess couldn't be more excited. She is ready to add her sparkly touch to every part of the event, including the decorations, the signage, the cake, the rice, her dress, and the walk down the aisle. Not everything goes her way, but "Even a fairy princess has to learn the art of compromise." Tragedy strikes in the form of rain on the big day, but by ceremony time the sun has returned, and Geraldine realizes that love is the right kind of sparkle to make a perfect day. Andrews and Hamilton's chatty text fully embodies Geraldine and her fairy princess ways. As in the two previous books, Davenier's ink and colored pencil illustrations get the people, hues, expressions, and backgrounds just right. This book will be highly anticipated by very fairy princess fans, but reading the previous titles is not necessary to enjoy it.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316185615
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Very Fairy Princess Series , #3
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 103,503
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries. Julie has been a celebrated children's book author for thirty years, and her works include Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. Her memoir, Home, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Emma Walton Hamilton is a bestselling children's book author, editor, arts educator, and theater professional, and author of Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment. Together with her mother, Julie Andrews, she has coauthored many books for young readers, including the New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, Simeon's Gift, The Great American Mousical, and the New York Times bestselling Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, a book for families to treasure and share.

Christine Davenier has illustrated many picture books, including Miss Lina's Ballerinas and The First Thing My Mama Told Me, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She lives in Paris, France.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    All the books in the Very Fairy Princess series are wonderful!

    All the books in the Very Fairy Princess series are wonderful! Gerrie is a delightful, spunky little girl who believes that you can be anything you want to be, all you have to do is "let your sparkle out". Wonderful message for the little girls in your life!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Delightful, sparkle-filled story

    This story of an exuberant young "princess" who wishes to share her sparkle (and overly decorative taste and energy) at her Aunt's wedding is charming. She gradually learns, through patient guidance that "the RIGHT kind of sparkle is all it takes to make a PERFECT day!" Adorable story that many young girls will love.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    After reading this to my 5yo, I honestly wanted my money back...

    After reading this to my 5yo, I honestly wanted my money back...

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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