July 2009 Indie Next List
“Princess Hyacinth has a problem. She floats. What's a girl to do? Make like a balloon, of course! Fun and excitement ensues until she loses her tether ... and, in the process, finds a Prince Charming. Lane Smith's nuanced illustrations bring this fairy tale to life.”
— Summer Dawn Laurie, Books Inc., San Francisco, CA
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.
About the Author
Florence Parry Heide is an award-winning author of more than a hundred children's books, including the Treehorn series, illustrated by Edward Gorey, and "Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated), " illustrated by Lane Smith. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Lane Smith is the author-illustrator of "Grandpa Green "and the illustrator of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales", both Caldecott Honor winners. His books have appeared on the "New York Times "Best Illustrated list four times, and several of his books, including "It's a Book "and "John, Paul, George & Ben", have been "New York Times "bestsellers. He lives with book designer Molly Leach in rural Connecticut, and can be visited at LaneSmithBooks.com.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009:
“Smith’s elegantly cartoonish brush-and-ink character survives an exhilarating scare involving a kite, a rescue and a newly formed friendship. Heide’s prose takes off just when Hyacinth does.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 17, 2009:
"Heide possesses the ability to tell a moralistic tale without a hint of didacticism."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2009:
“Heide’s tale bubbles with effervescence, drawing readers into the fantasy with a lively, conversational text.”