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The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow

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by Julie Andrews
 

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The Winter Wonderland Festival is just around the corner, and Gerry knows this is her moment to SHINE. She's the most enthusiastic singer around, so she's certain her music teacher will choose her to perform the solo. She takes every opportunity to show him her VERY best voice-during rehearsal, during lunchtime, and even during recess. When a professional singer is

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The Winter Wonderland Festival is just around the corner, and Gerry knows this is her moment to SHINE. She's the most enthusiastic singer around, so she's certain her music teacher will choose her to perform the solo. She takes every opportunity to show him her VERY best voice-during rehearsal, during lunchtime, and even during recess. When a professional singer is given the solo instead, Gerry is crushed...but as the snow begins to fall, she finds a way to get her SPARKLE back!
The mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton adds a sparkly seasonal story to their #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
In the fifth picture book starring the ever-sparkly Geraldine, this self-proclaimed fairy princess again faces a minor disappointment that she turns around with ingenuity and positivity. This time, it’s the Winter Wonderland Festival that is causing Geraldine a bit of anxiety. She’s certain her music teacher will choose her to sing a solo (“He always says I am the most ENTHUSIASTIC singer in our school”), but when a professional guest soloist is brought in, will Geraldine still get a chance to shine at the festival? Even though the story arc may be rather familiar to fans at this point, Geraldine continues to radiate energy and confidence. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
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

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Spunky Geraldine is certain that she will be chosen to sing solo at the Winter Wonderland Festival. To make Mr. Higginbottom's decision easier, she steps forward just a little during chorus rehearsal and sings in her best (loudest) voice. She also sings outside her music teacher's door during lunch and underneath his window at recess. Geraldine is crushed when he announces that a professional will be the guest soloist. However, "Fairy princesses know how to take a frown and turn it upside down," and on the morning of the concert, Geraldine is excited and ready to perform. Because of a snowstorm, though, the guest soloist can't get to the event on time. Luckily, "Fairy princesses are ALWAYS happy to lend a hand in a crisis," and the child volunteers to substitute for her. Even with a shoe mishap, the concert is fabulous and is followed by a family sleigh ride. The lively, ink and colored-pencil illustrations capture Geraldine's spirit well. One can never have too many princess books, and this one is better than most.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-15
Geraldine returns in her fifth adventure with as much "sparkle" as ever. She is preparing to sing at the Winter Wonderland Festival and hopes she will be the star of the concert. Andrews and Hamilton tell the tale in first person from Geraldine's charmingly spirited point of view. Her excitement about the upcoming event and her hoped-for part in it is delivered with a peppering of exclamatory sentences: "I get to sing with the chorus!" and "I am the most ENTHUSIASTIC singer in our school!" She would love to be chosen to sing the solo, but her bubble is burst when Mr. Higginbottom announces that a professional singer will be performing the cherished part. Her family attempts to cheer her up, and she gets ready for the big day. When a snowstorm keeps the guest singer from arriving on time, this princess is ready--"Fairy princesses are ALWAYS happy to lend a hand in a crisis." As she is about to go on stage, Geraldine realizes she has left her dress-up shoes at home. Big boots won't do and neither will her mismatched socks with one big toe poking out. A last-minute decision to paint purple ballet slippers on her socks at first leads to anxiety, but her princesslike poise swells with the music and "[s]uddenly [her] sparkle comes RUSHING back." Davenier deftly illustrates all the drama in ink and colored pencil. Readers will cheer this princess's gumption and almost unfailing optimism as she navigates disappointment and a momentary case of stage fright. Kids are sure to applaud this encore performance. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316401005
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Series:
Very Fairy Princess Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
24 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 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 over 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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The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Darkmane13 More than 1 year ago
Love Gerry's response to forgetting her dress shoes.
mauihonupat More than 1 year ago
I bought it for my 2 grand daughters 6 yrs and 3 yrs, they love it and ask Mommy to read it to them at night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite The Very Fairy Princess is the latest in the Princess series by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. It is beautifully illustrated by Christine Davenier and the colorful pictures help to facilitate the understanding of the story for younger children. Geraldine believes herself to be a true princess, complete with appropriate dress and well-rehearsed attitude! It is time for the Winter Wonderland Festival at Geraldine's school and she believes she will surely be chosen to sing a lead role in the school concert. She rehearses daily with friends in front of the music instructor and, at other times, when the instructor is busy with his own work. When the role is given to a guest performer, Geraldine is devastated. Geraldine's family attempts to console her and gradually Geraldine learns to accept disappointment. Just when the Princess is about to accept becoming a &quot;commoner,&quot; a surprise pops up to change everything. Authors Andrews and Hamilton are a mother-daughter team who know how to write for children. The Very Fairy Princess will capture the interest of preschool children and those in the early elementary years. It stimulates the imagination and teaches life lessons such as moving toward one's hopes and dreams and handling disappointment along the way. The book helps young children to remain motivated in the face of seeming defeat and then, to perform gracefully once opportunity strikes again. The illustrations in the book are captivating. There are words of wisdom that sneak into the motivational dilemmas faced by most children. The book would make a wonderful holiday gift for one's children or grandchildren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago