The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Published: 18th May 2010Goodreads badge
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in her royal attire, practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all twirls and tiaras – as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a perfect day!

 

This is a fantastic little book. It caught my eye because of Julie Andrews’s name and I fell in love with it because of the story. Davenier’s illustrations capture Gerry’s spirit and the rough but styled illustrations show off Gerry’s world and her place in it with that touch of carefree unruliness she also possesses.

Gerry is a great character. In a way, she is wild and boisterous, but she does follow the rules at times and understands how to behave. I love that Gerry has no worries; she does what she wants and expresses herself in her own way. She is overly positive about life which is contagious even as you read, it excites her, she makes it fun, and she uses her role as a fairy princess to bring joy to her life and help others find it as well.

She is very supportive of her friend, even when she doesn’t believe Gerry is a fairy princess. She tells her that she sparkles in her own way doing her own thing. She brings her fairy princess ideals and logic to her world and adds her own sparkle to day to day activities, bringing even mundane things into her magical world.

Gerry is creative and expressive. She knows who she is and doesn’t let people telling her she isn’t something stop her from being it. She has a solution to problems and she makes the world work for her and her idea of what a fairy princess is.

There are some wonderful messages in this book for kids. Gerry dictates a lot of rules about being a fairy princess and these include things like ‘fairy princesses know when to take charge’, ‘fairy princesses are very supportive’, and even things like fairy princesses wear joggers and get dirty because ‘fairy princesses are practical’. The best message comes from Gerry herself when she proclaims that “you can be whatever you want to be. You just have to let your SPARKLE out!”

This is the perfect mix of teaching little girls it’s ok to express themselves and what they love, don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t let others tell you who you can and can’t be. This is a wonderful book and it is nothing less than what I’d expect from the queen herself, Julie Andrews. There are many more great Fairy Princess books in the series which you should check out as well.

You can purchase The Very Fairy Princess via the following

Audible | Booktopia

Dymocks | Barnes & Noble

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