The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow (Picture Book)

December 3, 2013

51iO2fA9EuL._SX260_Title: The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow

Author: Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Illustrator: Christine Davenier

Publisher: New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2013

 

Genre: Picture book, fiction

Audience Age: 4 to 8

Themes/topics: dealing with disappointment, finding creative solutions to problems

Opening Sentences: [This is actually an excerpt from the second page of text.] … we’re having a Winter Wonderland Festival at our school! There will be ice sculptures, arts and crafts, a bake sale, and sleigh rides. Best of all, there’s going to be a concert—and I get to sing with the chorus! (Fairy princesses are at their SPARKLIEST when expressing themselves in song.)

Synopsis: Have you ever wanted something, like a part in a play, or a special solo, but someone else got to do it instead? I have. When I was in sixth grade, our class and the seventh graders did an operetta (like a small musical). I really wanted the lead girl’s part.

I practiced and practiced… but someone else got the part. I can understand now why the other girl got the part, but I can also remember how it felt when I didn’t. So I know how the main character felt in the book I’m going to share with you today.

Gerry, the main character, believes very strongly that she is a fairy princess. A VERY fairy princess. And fairy princesses like to let their sparkliness shine through in whatever they do. In this book, Gerry wants to show her singing sparkle — she wants to sing the solo part in the Winter Wonderland Festival. In fact, she is sure the teacher will choose her.

To make sure he realizes what a wonderful singer she is, she sings at every opportunity when he’s near enough to hear her. BUT he announces that a professional singer is going to come and sing the solo.

Gerry is a very disappointed fairy princess. The night of the concert, however, there’s a big snowstorm. The professional singer is stuck in the snow. And Gerry has forgotten her sparkly shoes – all she has to wear on stage are her snowboots.

Are very fairy princesses resourceful enough to come up with solutions for both those problems? I’m not going to give away the ending, so be sure to find the book in your local bookstore or library and see what happens!

Activities/Resources: How about having your own Winter Wonderland Festival? You don’t need to hire a professional singer, but a group of friends, or a family, or even a school class, could have a festival either just for themselves, or with plans to invite others.

You can have wintry crafts, songs, even make up a skit or play, or act out the book. Here are some winter crafts to get you started:

A website called Danielle’s Place has TONS of snowman and snowflake crafts.

Here are instructions for cutting snowflakes out of paper, the same way as I did when I was a kid. This website is called High Hopes.

If you’ve ever wanted to try origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, here are instructions for lots of different origami stars (appropriate for The Starborn Revue!). Sorry about all the ads on the page. The site is called Origami Instructions.

I bet you already know some winter songs, or Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa songs. Maybe everyone can have a turn singing a verse.

The most important thing is to HAVE FUN!

Availability: This book is readily available in hardcover.

5 People reacted on this

  1. Really nice review Beth. I’ve already purchased a lot of copies to give as gifts. This is an excellent story for children. And, it really sparkles.

    I know what it feels like not to get the part in the play. I was so petite when I was young they would want to cast me in child roles — never the lead roles. LOL!

  2. At our school, we do an operetta, performed by 5th and 6th graders. 5th graders are in the chorus, and 6th graders can audition for a part (not a specific part, but just a part) in the operetta. I didn’t get the part I wanted, but I got a speaking part. 🙂 This sounds like a great book from this series! 🙂 We LOVE the Very Fairy Princess at our house! 😀

  3. Oh, Beth! That sounds like a wonderful book! Sparkly, indeed! I hope that lots of young readers will see it. Your reviews are always so interesting!
    (((hugs))) about that part you wanted.
    I alwaysalwaysalways ended up playing the adults/oddball characters, never the pretty or young, mainly because I was tall and wore glasses. I guess I was lucky I didn’t have to play men. Good thing I was a soprano! LOL!!!!
    ::waves::

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