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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 28 user ratings
ISBN:0553538047
LANGUAGE:English

"Princess Hyacinth has a problem. When she's not weighted down with her official princess clothes and crown, she floats off up into the air. this isn't too much of a problem inside the palace, but it means she can't have any fun outside. She is horribly bored until she came up with an idea for the Balloon Man to try. Then she was bobbing along with his balloons until her string came loose. Now everyone must rally to save the floating girl.

Princess Hyacinth's humorous predicament should amuse both boys and girls. I found this book's creative use of font color, size and emphasis added to the story and illustrations. It could be possible that others would find it distracting.
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"I liked many aspects of this book. The way that word font, size, and placement was used to convey the story (as well as the pictures), the idea behind the story, and the illustrations themselves. But within the first page there was unacceptable ableism (implying that if she hadn't looked "normal" that would be a problem), and I didn't appreciate the romantic nature of the relationship between Hyacinth and Boy (I mean they look all of 5), not to mention that his name is Boy. Ugh. Why the heteronormativity and need to pair up characters? Why did it *need* to have the boy say "I like you" and why not a girl then? " said.

"4.5

For little girls, I think this is a nice book. It is beautifully illustrated. The princess has a lust for life that is certain to be an identifiable trait with most readers.

There is a very nice story arch throughout the book. I think my only real qualm is that it might have been nice for no boy to be involved in helping the princess. That's just a personal preference, and ultimately would have created a different story altogether.

Themes of appreciating your life, and the world around you run strong in this. There was something incredibly playful and precocious about the book too.

Recommend, especially for girls.
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"The text is big and colorful, the images minimal to the text, not trying to compete but rather accompany its exuberance with an understated presence--a punctuation mark to every facing page of the story. Even still, text and illustration alternate organically as prelude to the other.
The soft tones and textures and the absence of prissiness in the neither pretty nor ugly Princess denotes a strange normalcy considering this is a fairy tale--isn't it? Like a good fairy tale, the reader/listener should relate to the points of familiarity: the desire to live life untethered and to indulge in explore the near limitless potential with which we are born.
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"I picked up this book at a book sale partly because of the story and partly b/c illustrator Lane Smith (who usually collaborates with one of my favorite children's authors, Jon Scieszka). It was a cute story about a princess who floats and has to be weighted down all the time. She is never allowed outside to play and but watches the kids who come to play at the castle, especially a young boy with a kite who she has a crush on. One day she escapes and soars so high in the sky that she finally feels free, which of course completely freak out her parents, who are frantically trying to get her down. The boy with the kite comes to the rescue and her parents finally relax and let her go out to play. " said.

"Princess Hyacinth looks just like any other little girl and you'd think she was completely normal except for one thing. She floats! She does not get to do anything other little children do because her parents were so worried that she'd float away into the sky. And one day, she does just that! She finds her way back to earth with the help of Boy in the most amusing fashion. This delightful story is a version of the classic George MacDonald story, "The Light Princess." Lane Smith, who has frequently partnered with Jon Scieszka, illustrates the princess and her adventures.
The Light Princess
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"There's an allegory here about children with disabilities and/or handicaps, but I can't put my finger on any one in particular. "Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated" is exactly what the title says it is; it is the story of a princess who floated. Why does she float? No one really knows. Does she stop floating? Not really. She could be weighed down with her Royal Clothes and her Royal Crown, but when she is just wearing her Royal Underwear, she'll just go up, up, up! I highly recommend, as we draw this school-year to a close and being preparation for the next, that this book be read to children before school by their parents. Where Boy could have teased or made fun of Princess Hyacinth for her floating, he instead befriended her and accepts her, and I think that is a lesson not being taught enough." said.

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