×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage
     

The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage

4.7 7
by Julie Andrews
 

See All Formats & Editions

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316224970
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Series:
Very Fairy Princess Series , #2
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
3 - 5 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 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.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Runningmommy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loved it, very cute nicely illustrated. Would purchase for any little fairy princess girl.
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
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
nanz2go More than 1 year ago
I have purchased all 3 in the series for my grandaughter. These books not only have a great story but a timely moral.