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The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!
     

The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!

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by Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
 

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The end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can't help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She's also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym... what if her new teacher doesn't let

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The end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can't help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She's also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym... what if her new teacher doesn't let Gerry wear her wings and crown? Change can be hard, even for a fairy princess! Thankfully, she realizes that new things can bring their own sparkle.

From the mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton comes another delightful story in the #1 New York Times best-selling Very Fairy Princess series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Moving up a grade and leaving behind the teacher she’s had all year doesn’t make fairy princess Gerry feel very sparkly, even when she’s wearing her pink crown and fairy wings—which is pretty much all the time. Her wings droop even lower when she learns that her new teacher is a man: “He’ll never believe that I’m a fairy princess!” Luckily, a chance encounter with the well-accessorized Mr. Bonario at graduation brings her sparkle back. Davenier’s lithe illustrations infuse the story with warmth and quiet emotion; Andrews’s and Hamilton’s heroine continues to charm. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
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Praise for The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl:


"Davenier's lithe illustrations infuse the story with warmth and quiet emotion; Andrews's and Hamilton's heroine continues to charm." - Publishers Weekly

More praise for The Very Fairy Princess series:

"Three cheers for this princess whose magic comes from her confidence and determination rather than gauzy wings or shiny baubles." - Kirkus"

[Geraldine] lets kids know it's not necessary to be prim and proper to be a 'real' princess; princesses who just want to have fun will find plenty of that here." - Booklist

"The mother-daughter team successfully demonstrates an understanding of that magical stage of childhood in which determination, desire and dreams can transform reality." - Kirkus

"Geraldine radiates noblesse oblige, heedless energy, and a sense of destiny-she's Eloise crossed with Hillary Clinton." - PW

Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-14
A little girl with a style and sparkle all her own worries about the end of the school year.As Gerry narrates the last few days of the school year, she points out the attributes of a fairy princess (which she is) and frets about next year (as if missing the wonderful Miss Pym, who lets her wear her wings and crown in class, her classroom and their class pet aren't enough, her new teacher is a man!). "To be honest, I'm having a hard time finding my sparkle about this. (Change is HARD…even for a fairy princess.)" Siblings reading this to their younger sisters (and perhaps brothers) may be reminded of Junie B. Jones—Gerry's voice is certainly filled with determination, and she is a girl who knows herself. But she lacks Junie's attitude and childlike voice, channeling more of a Fancy Nancy; when her dad makes pancakes, she can hardly eat three: "(Even a fairy princess can lose her appetite when she's stressed)." In the end, a tense moment during the graduation ceremony resolves itself in the best way possible and puts all of Gerry's fears about first grade to rest. Davenier's ink-and-colored-pencil illustrations neatly capture Gerry's feelings, making them stand out against the rest of her class' more joyful faces.Though the cover is bedecked in sparkles, Gerry's sparkle is just as internal as it is external—her essential self-confidence shines. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316219600
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Very Fairy Princess Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
477,501
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

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 a #1 New York Timesbestseller.

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 #1 New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series; the Dumpy the Dump Truck series; Simeon's Gift; The Great American Mousical; and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, and Julie Andrews' Treasury for All Seasons, two books for families to treasure and share.

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

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The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Darkmane13 More than 1 year ago
Really love the whole series.  This one helps let kids know that change can be fun, not scary.
LindaLou65 More than 1 year ago
I have two granddaughters just 10 days apart in age and both just "graduated" from pre-school to kindergarten. I thought this book would be just the ticket for that special occasion! They loved it. And its not just for a one time read...they like to have it read to them over and over and loved the pictures. I especially bought the signed editions as a keepsake for them, and plan to add to their library with more of the same.