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Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floatedby Florence Parry Heide and Lane Smith
A whimsical tale about a floating princess, a balloon man, and a kite-flying boy named Boy... what's not to love? An excellent story, gorgeous illustrations, and a clever design make this unconventional princess book a must-have. It's light hearted and delightful!
Synopses & Reviews
A bestselling Caldecott Honor artist and legendary author team up!
A publishing event — Florence Parry Heide, author of such classics as the Shrinking of Treehorn, and Lane Smith, recipient of a slew of awards, have created an unforgettable princess sure to charm and delight young readers.
Princess Hyacinth has a problem: she floats. And so the king and queen have pebbles sewn into the tops of her socks, and force her to wear a crown encrusted with the heaviest jewels in the kingdom to keep her earthbound. But one day, Hyacinth comes across a balloon man and decides to take off all her princess clothes, grab a balloon, and float free.
Alas, when the balloon man lets go of the string . . . off she goes.
Luckily, there is a kite and a boy named Boy to save her.
"Heide possesses the ability to tell a moralistic tale without a hint of didacticism." Publishers Weekly
"Heide's tale bubbles with effervescence, drawing readers into the fantasy with a lively, conversational text." School Library Journal
All the musicians in the kingdom are awful, and the king is fed up.Music is banned, and he sends his men-at-arms to round up disobedient musicians and feed them to the royal crocodiles. Little Piffaro heads for the border, collecting an outlandish group of musicians on the way: one who plays fast, one who plays slow, one who plays loud, and so on.Their jam session on the road is so excruciating to listen to that Charlemagne, the horse pulling the wagon, invents a system to make sure they're all playing the same music at the same time. There was a time before musical notation was devised, but that's the only part of this story that is true.
About the Author
Florence Parry Heide is an award-winning writer with more than fifty books under her belt, including the Treehorn titles, illustrated by Edward Gorey. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Lane Smiths many accolades include a Caldecott Honor Medal, two New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, several LA Notable Awards, and countless “Best Book” citations from School Library Journal, Booklist, The Bulletin, and others. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.
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