August 23, 2011

The Very Fairy Princess Takes The Stage by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

The Very Fairy Princess Takes The Stage is a children's picture book.

Geraldine believes she is a princess and not just a regular princess, but a fairy princess.  On the day it's announced that her ballet class will be acting out the play, "The Crystal Princess", Gerry is positive she will be cast as the lead, after all, she has everything a good fairy princess would need!

However, things don't turn out the way that Gerry wants and she is cast as the Jester.  Gerry is really disappointed but decides to make the most out of it, even though she believes she looks really silly in her Jester costume.

On the big day, Gerry is really nervous when she stands upon the stage.  However, her fears are unwarranted, for not only does she sparkle and shine but she saves the day when a piece of the Ice Crystal Princesses costume goes missing!

Award winning Actress, Julie Andrews, yes THAT Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, have collaborated to put together a really great book for young readers.  Julie has been writing books for over thirty years and the mother-daughter team have been sharing their writing talents together for several as well.

I thought this was a very well-written and whimisical book.  Geraldine is a very likeable little girl.  I liked how she was able to go with the flow and not think of revengeful things to do because she didn't get her way.  I liked the positive attitude building that the book incorporates and how to make the most out of situations that aren't agreeable.

The illustrations by Christine Davenier are done in a charming and engaging coloured pencil sketches that are pleasing to the readers eyes.  The soft strokes of the pencils give you a feeling of love and tenderness as you read about Gerry and her dilemma.

I would recommend this to any parent who enjoys reading wholesome stories with positive outcomes to their children.  The children will fall in love with Gerry and her comical attitude.  This would also make a good storytime book to read in daycares or during library programs!

SYNOPSIS:
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!

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!! **





1 comment:

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Looks like a very cute book! I love Julie Andrews and didn't realize she wrote children's books! I'll have to look for more! Thanks! =)