The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage

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Everyone's favorite fairy princess is back and just in time for her ballet recital in this new picture book addition to the Julie Andrews Collection. At first, when Gerry is cast as the Court Jester and not the Crystal Princess, she is dismayed — nothing is pink and no one can see her crown under her silly jester hat! But just as the recital looks like it's headed for disaster, our ever-energetic very fairy princess swoops in to save the day!

Gerry's sparkle radiates from the ...

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Overview

Everyone's favorite fairy princess is back and just in time for her ballet recital in this new picture book addition to the Julie Andrews Collection. At first, when Gerry is cast as the Court Jester and not the Crystal Princess, she is dismayed — nothing is pink and no one can see her crown under her silly jester hat! But just as the recital looks like it's headed for disaster, our ever-energetic very fairy princess swoops in to save the day!

Gerry's sparkle radiates from the page once more through Christine Davenier's whimsically elegant illustrations in this spirited, ballet-themed follow-up to The Very Fairy Princess from the renowned mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton.

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As the readers of this book's prequel know, little Gerry/Geraldine knows that she is a princess; it's just the rest of the world that hasn't yet caught up. In this standalone follow-up to the extremely popular The Very Fairy Princess, Gerry prepares for her ballet recital with high hopes of being cast as the Crystal Princess; instead, she's relegated to the lowly role of Court Jester! Even though deprived of her just station and regal pink, our nimble-footed heroine finds a way to save the day. Another surefire winner for living legend Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton.

Publishers Weekly
There's no doubt in Geraldine's mind that she's a fairy princess: "I FEEL it inside—a sparkly feeling of just KNOWING in my heart." But in her second outing, she's cast as a jester in her ballet class's spring performance of The Crystal Princess; Geraldine's teacher gives the starring role to Tiffany, who gets to wear a "shimmery and sparkly" dress. Geraldine unhappily bumbles through the show, but when Tiffany has a mishap on stage, Geraldine gets her sparkle back by helping Tiffany save face. Davenier's expressive illustrations match Geraldine's energy and mood on every spread, fluidly conveying the heroine's loveable imperfections. Ages 3–6. (May)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Like so many girls, Geraldine is sure she's a fairy princess. In this sequel to The Very Fairy Princess, she tells us that she knows it in her heart and feels it inside. So when her ballet class's spring show is called The Crystal Princess she is ready to star. But her teacher wants her to be the Court Jester, and Tiffany, the Crystal Princess, is not interested in Geraldine's "tips" on being a princess. Tiffany's costume is "PERFECT," while Geraldine's is definitely not to her liking. Although her family is encouraging, Geraldine is not happy. But she puts her own princess crown under her jester cap as she begins her far from perfect performance. And then, in a beautiful act of sacrifice, she gives her crown to Tiffany to replace her broken one. The performance ends happily for all, including the princess at heart. Lively ink and colored pencil illustrations enhance the story. Actions are somewhat exaggerated; few props are needed. Animated vignettes of the dance of the jester add zest. Glitter on the jacket attracts to the picture of our saucy heroine while white sketches of items from the ballet fill the purple end pages. Geraldine's behavior can offer lessons to the reader along with the story. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

The mother-daughter team offers a follow-up to the popular The Very Fairy Princess (2010). This time, spunky Gerry believes she is a shoe-in for the starring role of the crystal fairy in her ballet studio's spring performance. To her chagrin, another dancer, Tiffany, is selected for the coveted role, and Gerry is cast as the Court Jester. Even though her costume is not to her liking, Gerry does her best, but she stumbles around on stage, tripping, stepping on toes and, worst of all, losing her sparkle. She gets it back when she saves the day by offering her very own tiara to Tiffany when hers is smashed on stage. It's a cute-enough story, but it is Davenier's ink-and–colored-pencil illustrations that really steal the show. They, more than the text, demonstrate Gerry's lovability, delightful awkwardness and indomitable spirit. In one memorable spread, Gerry's facial expressions change from exuberance to devastation to a steely smile as she trips her way across the stage while audience members chuckle behind their hands. Captivating artwork aside, the authors make this princess fare more palatable than most by emphasizing that Gerry's claim to princesshood is her sparkle, which turns out to be more about her self-confidence and self-expression than a frothy dress or gleaming tiara. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316040525
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Very Fairy Princess Series , #2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 150,090
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (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 more recently, The Princess Diaries. Julie is the author of many beloved children's books, including Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, The Very Fairy Princess which hit #1 on the NYT best-seller list, and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies which debuted on the list at #3.

Emma Walton Hamilton is a bestselling children's book author, editor, arts educator, and theater professional. Together with her mother, Julie Andrews, she has coauthored sixteen books for young readers including the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, Simeon's Gift, and The Great American Mousical. Her most recent book, for parents, educators, and caregivers, is Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment. The authors invite you to visit them online at www.julieandrewscollection.com.

Christine Davenier has illustrated many picture books including The First Thing My Mama Told Me by Susan Marie Swanson, for which she received a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Award. She lives in Paris, France.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Very cute story your kids will love it

    We love these books by
    Julie Andrews & her daughter Emma.
    Once you read one you 'll want the other.
    We can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Highly Recommend - this one is a favorite!

    My daughter and I loves The Very Fairy Princess books. We have fairy princess snacks of sugar cookies w/ sprinkles & pink lemonade frequently. The message this book teaches is one that's important for every fairy princess.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    Very cute

    My daughter loved it, very cute nicely illustrated. Would purchase for any little fairy princess girl.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Delightful Picture Book With a Strong Message

    What I liked about the book: The illustrations are colorful and will appeal to young readers. I like that the story provides a message about what it means to be a good sport and team member without coming on too strong. Gerry is a good role model for young girls. She's not perfect, but she tries hard. It will be easy for readers to identify with her. Young girls who like princesses, fairies and the color pink will enjoy this book.

    What I didn't like about this book: I liked it all.

    Recommended for Kindergarten and above.

    AR Level 3.5

    Mrs. Archer's Rating: 4 of 5

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

    The very fairy princess, Gerry, is excited when she learns that

    The very fairy princess, Gerry, is excited when she learns that her ballet class is going to perform a ballet dance on stage! It was called “The Crystal Princess”, and Gerry knew she would make a PERFECT princess – she was a natural, of course.

    Tiffany got the part. Gerry didn’t. Gerry got the part of the jester. With a silly hat, and shoes, and costume… And stick. Worst of all, Gerry has lost her sparkle. How can a fairy princess get her sparkle back?

    My sister Josie LOVES these books. I have to say I really like the very fairy princess stories too because of the messages in the books. They are perfect for young kids. Ms. Edwards and Ms. Hamilton are awesome at assessing what young children think. I can totally understand how Gerry feels about not getting the princess part and having to settle for being a jester. Plus, I like the theme of this book. I like plays and musicals and ballets (not that I do ballet! No no no) a lot, so I like how this book takes place on stage. :) I think this is a great book for younger kids!

    **NOTE I got this book as a gift

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Excellent book - a real must have for any child

    I have purchased all 3 in the series for my grandaughter. These books not only have a great story but a timely moral.

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