Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated
|Author:||Florence Parry Heide|
Bestselling Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith and legendary author Florence Parry Heide have teamed up to create 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. Hooray! 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009: Smith s elegantly cartoonish brush-and-ink character survives an exhilarating scare involving a kite, a rescue and a newly formed friendship. Heide s prose takes off just when Hyacinth does. Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 17, 2009: "Heide possesses the ability to tell a moralistic tale without a hint of didacticism." Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2009: Heide s tale bubbles with effervescence, drawing readersinto the fantasy with a lively, conversational text. "
Florence Parry Heide is the award-winning author of more than fifty books, including the Treehorn titles, illustrated by Edward Gorey. Lane Smith s many accolades include two Caldecott Honors, two "New York Times "Best Illustrated Book Awards, several ALA-ALSC Notable Awards, and countless Best Book citations from "School Library Journal, Booklist, The Bulletin, "and others. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. "From the Hardcover edition.""