Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated

By Florence Parry Heide, Illustrated by Lane Smith

Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009

Princess Hyacinth had a problem. Well, you’re saying, everyone has a problem. But this was an unusual problem. Oh, she didn’t look unusual, that wasn’t it. She had two eyes, with a nose between them and a mouth under that — you know, the usual things in the usual arrangement…So what was the problem?

I love the droll voice of this book, not to mention the exquisitely funny illustrations. Poor floating Hyacinth, who needs to be strapped down with a seat belt or have little diamond pebbles sewn into her socks so she doesn’t float away! Luckily, she’s a feisty girl who won’t take “Stay inside or you’ll disappear into the sky!” for an answer. Every character comes alive with very little text and three cheers to the author for including the sentence “But alas and alack!” A must-read for any who loves princess-y stories without the Princess-y Attitude or Barbie looks.

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