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Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated flight of fancy.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+

very sweet, great for older preschoolers

I loved reading it to the kids I babysitted. They were interested the whole book and they liked the beautiful pictures! They have all especially liked the part where she eats popcorn with Boy at the end.
age 12+

it is apsulutly realy good?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Hyacinth is a sensible, fearless heroine, a good alternative to the saccharine, sparkly trifles all too often presented to kids. This is, at its core, a gentle coming-of-age story: Hyacinth knows her loving parents mean well, but she needs to test her wings. Through her friendship with Boy, at long last she’s able to soar.

Heide’s prose is engaging, but it is Lane Smith’s rich brush-and-ink artwork that makes this whimsical fairy tale a treasure. Princess Hyacinth glumly trudges about with her crown squashed down on her head. When she finally floats free, she nearly catapults off the page with freewheeling joy. Pre-readers can enjoy the book on their own just by savoring the lovely pictures.

Elegant, whimsical, and absolutely delightful.

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