I decided I just HAVE to do an extra post today, to let you all know that the new book in Julie Andrews’ and Emma Walton Hamilton’s Very Fairy Princess series, The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl, is being released today!

In conjunction with the book’s release, Julie Andrews, the Target Corporation, and Disney are teaming up next week for their first “National Princess Week.”

In Julie’s words, “Throughout my career as an actress and author, I’ve encouraged children to use their imaginations and dream big,” …  “Joining Disney and Target to create National Princess Week is an extension of my work – a moment in time for children to celebrate their individuality and let their inner sparkle shine.” (Quoted from Business Wire, April 3, 2012)

Here on my blog I will be celebrating National Princess Week, and the launch of Julie’s and Emma’s new book, all next week — all within the context of my A to Z posts. Click the magic words to learn more…

First of all, any comment on next week’s blog posts, T, U, V, W, and X, will make you eligible for a GIVEAWAY. First prize will be a copy of The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl and a handmade fairy princess wand, made by a woman in Minnesota. Second prize will be a copy of the book on its own.

On Wednesday, I will be featuring a brief interview with the VERY FAIRY PRINCESS, Geraldine, herself! It was a delight to do this interview with her. (Fairy Princesses are a lot of fun to talk with.)

On Thursday, I’ll be interviewing the talented woman who made the fairy princess wand I’m offering as part of the First Prize in the giveaway.

On Friday, for Perfect Picture Book day, I’ll be (you guessed it) reviewing the newly released book.

It’s going to be a fun week, with plenty of opportunities for us all to “let our SPARKLE out!”

But wait! That’s not all!

TODAY, besides launching their newest book (launch party and signing at Books of Wonder in New York today), Julie and Emma are also launching their Very Fairy Princess website — http://www.theveryfairyprincess.com — which teaches kids about real princesses and the good they do, and gives lots of fun ways that kids can let their own SPARKLE out.

A FREE APP for the Very Fairy Princess has just been announced for iPhone and iPad. Your own Fairy Princess or Prince can have fun with sparkly wands, a gallery of illustrations and quotes from Geraldine, and can take a picture with a tiara like Geraldine’s on the iPhone screen. For more information, see this blog post on Emma Walton Hamilton’s website.

There will also be television appearances and signings galore — if you’re in the Los Angeles area or the Seattle area next week, you’re in luck! Check the calendar of the Julie Andrews Collection for details. (Once you get to the calendar, click on each little “Signing at…” for full information.)

ENJOY!!!

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