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Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a…

Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

by Florence Parry Heide, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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Princess Hyacinth suffers from loneliness because she is not allowed to play: she might float away. When she finally does get a chance, her new friendship with Boy proves to be the key to her happiness. Written in a charming style, with messages about risk-taking, specialness, and friendship. ( )
  kradish | Jul 30, 2014 |
Princess Hyacinth, in my nonprofessional opinion, should make top 100 lists of best children's picture books if for no other reason than the vocabulary and arrangement of text. For instance, on the page with the words "Princess Hyacinth floated", the words literally appear slightly cute off at the top of the page as if they were floating. This frolicsome tale contains themes of friendship, adventure, freedom, and finding yourself. After all, wouldn't these be appropriate issues for a princess who can't stay on the ground? ( )
  Laene | Apr 27, 2013 |
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  LizG | Jun 29, 2011 |
Poor Princess Hyacinth has a problem defying gravity! This is a great little story with a lot of imagination. Short and to the point, with pleasant illustrations by Lane Smith. ( )
  amandafack | Apr 27, 2011 |
"Princess Hyacinth" is a delightful read-aloud book with whimsical illustrations. This book has a rich vocabulary of words not usually used in everyday conversation like hyacinth, rhinestone, palace grounds, dreadfully, property, attached, notified and fandangos. ( )
  ReadAloudDenver | Feb 14, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375845011, Hardcover)

A bestselling Caldecott Honor artist and legendary author team up in this Parents' Choice Silver Award Book!

Truly a publishing event! Florence Parry Heide, author of such classics as the Shrinking of Treehorn, and Lane Smith, recipient of a slew of awards, have created 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.

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Princess Hyacinth is bored and unhappy sitting in her palace every day because, unless she is weighed down by specially-made clothes, she will float away, but her days are made brighter when kite-flying Boy stops to say hello.

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