The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage
  • The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage
  • The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage

The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage

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by Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
05/03/2011
Series:
Very Fairy Princess Series, #2
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
202,005
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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