A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A clever friend helps the princess find a way to live happily -- and freely.
Positive Role Models
The princess generally respects her parents' rules, but is eager to find her own path; boy is kind, generous, and clever.
Violence & Scariness
A flyaway princess alarms her parents, but they keep a watchful eye on her and she never seems worried.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the heroine in this whimsical fantasy doesn’t want to be weighed down by her unusual problem. Kids might be alarmed when the princess begins to float aloft, but her concerned parents keep watch over her and Hyacinth feels joy and awe, not fear. The princess strips down to her underpants for her high-flying adventures. An affectionate friendship between the princess and Boy blossoms as the pair find a way for the princess to safely play.
Is It Any Good?
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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