317984_10151396257530399_1770626965_nTitle: The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart

Authors: Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Illustrator: Christine Davenier

Publisher: New York: Little, Brown, 2013

Genre: Picture book, fiction

Audience Age: 3 to 8 years

Themes/topics: Valentine’s Day, making valentines, creativity, coping when something goes wrong, showing appreciation for people, celebrating individuality.

Opening Sentences: Hi! It’s me, Gerry, the very fairy princess. Not everyone believes that I’m a fairy princess, but the sparkle I feel inside tells me that it’s TRUE. One of my FAVORITE days is coming up — Valentine’s Day! Fairy princesses are at their sparkly best making people smile, and what better way to do that than with a FABULOUS homemade card?

Synopsis: It’s nearly time for the pinkest, sparkliest holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day! Gerry, the very fairy princess, makes valentines for everyone in her classroom. She uses more glitter, sparkly jewels, feathers and other creative things than anyone can imagine, making a valentine that is perfect for each person – even for Connor, who “likes bugs and pulls my hair in class.” Putting all the cards in a folder to keep them safe turns out to be a bad plan, though. When Gerry gets to school and opens the folder, she has Daddy’s work papers instead! What will she do? (Fairy princesses are very resourceful, but this is a real calamity!)

Activities/Resources: Making handmade valentines is the perfect activity to go with this book, especially if they are custom-designed to celebrate each friend’s “inner sparkle.” The more glitter and embellishments, the better!

An activity I have suggested to go with other books in this series, and it would work very well with this one as well, is to play an “I appreciate you because…” game, in which each child tells the others something special about each of them.

Princesses are always worth celebrating, especially on Valentine’s Day, and there is an impressive list of real-life princesses on the Very Fairy Princess website.

Besides being Valentine’s Day, February 14th is also International Book Giving Day. The website of this book-giving outreach has suggestions for adding books to a Valentine’s Day celebration. Books (including The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart) are great gifts for Valentine’s Day, especially when they encourage kids to celebrate their own individuality.

For an interview with Geraldine the Very Fairy Princess herself, read this post on my blog!

Availability: Readily available in hardcover.

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