The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stageby Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier
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/b>… See more details below
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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.
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)
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 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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