Reviews for Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow


Booklist Reviews 2014 March #2
In her ongoing adventures, well chronicled by this mother-daughter duo, the Very Fairy Princess is rarely at a loss for words or sparkly chutzpah. This time, Geraldine shows off her animated singing and wrangles a solo in her school's Winter Wonderland Festival when the soloist gets delayed by a storm. Davenier captures well both Geraldine's energy and the kind indulgence of her classmates and music teacher. She may make missteps, as when she paints her socks purple (to look like fairy slippers) and marks up the stage, but Geraldine's sense of wonder and her enthusiasm are, as always, infectious. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
In fairy-princess wannabe Gerry's latest outing, she's a chorus member hell-bent on a solo in the school's winter concert. When the adult soloist recruited by the music teacher is waylaid, Gerry gets her moment of glory. This well-paced story offers a dubious message: apparently Gerry spells "teamwork" with an I. As always, Davenier's ink and colored-pencil art dances before our eyes.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 September #2
Geraldine returns in her fifth adventure with as much "sparkle" as ever. She is preparing to sing at the Winter Wonderland Festival and hopes she will be the star of the concert. Andrews and Hamilton tell the tale in first person from Geraldine's charmingly spirited point of view. Her excitement about the upcoming event and her hoped-for part in it is delivered with a peppering of exclamatory sentences: "I get to sing with the chorus!" and "I am the most ENTHUSIASTIC singer in our school!" She would love to be chosen to sing the solo, but her bubble is burst when Mr. Higginbottom announces that a professional singer will be performing the cherished part. Her family attempts to cheer her up, and she gets ready for the big day. When a snowstorm keeps the guest singer from arriving on time, this princess is ready--"Fairy princesses are ALWAYS happy to lend a hand in a crisis." As she is about to go on stage, Geraldine realizes she has left her dress-up shoes at home. Big boots won't do and neither will her mismatched socks with one big toe poking out. A last-minute decision to paint purple ballet slippers on her socks at first leads to anxiety, but her princesslike poise swells with the music and "[s]uddenly [her] sparkle comes RUSHING back." Davenier deftly illustrates all the drama in ink and colored pencil. Readers will cheer this princess's gumption and almost unfailing optimism as she navigates disappointment and a momentary case of stage fright. Kids are sure to applaud this encore performance. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 August #4

In the fifth picture book starring the ever-sparkly Geraldine, this self-proclaimed fairy princess again faces a minor disappointment that she turns around with ingenuity and positivity. This time, it's the Winter Wonderland Festival that is causing Geraldine a bit of anxiety. She's certain her music teacher will choose her to sing a solo ("He always says I am the most ENTHUSIASTIC singer in our school"), but when a professional guest soloist is brought in, will Geraldine still get a chance to shine at the festival? Even though the story arc may be rather familiar to fans at this point, Geraldine continues to radiate energy and confidence. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 September

PreS-Gr 1--Spunky Geraldine is certain that she will be chosen to sing solo at the Winter Wonderland Festival. To make Mr. Higginbottom's decision easier, she steps forward just a little during chorus rehearsal and sings in her best (loudest) voice. She also sings outside her music teacher's door during lunch and underneath his window at recess. Geraldine is crushed when he announces that a professional will be the guest soloist. However, "Fairy princesses know how to take a frown and turn it upside down," and on the morning of the concert, Geraldine is excited and ready to perform. Because of a snowstorm, though, the guest soloist can't get to the event on time. Luckily, "Fairy princesses are ALWAYS happy to lend a hand in a crisis," and the child volunteers to substitute for her. Even with a shoe mishap, the concert is fabulous and is followed by a family sleigh ride. The lively, ink and colored-pencil illustrations capture Geraldine's spirit well. One can never have too many princess books, and this one is better than most.--Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI

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