The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton

29 Jul

takesstageThe Very Fairy Princess: Takes the Stage

By Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton

32 pages – ages 3 – 6 years

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on May 3, 2011

The very fairy princess, Gerry, is excited when she learns that her ballet class is going to perform a ballet dance on stage! It was called “The Crystal Princess”, and Gerry knew she would make a PERFECT princess – she was a natural, of course.

Tiffany got the part. Gerry didn’t. Gerry got the part of the jester. With a silly hat, and shoes, and costume… And stick. Worst of all, Gerry has lost her sparkle. How can a fairy princess get her sparkle back?

My sister Josie LOVES these books. I have to say I really like the very fairy princess stories too because of the messages in the books. They are perfect for young kids. Ms. Edwards and Ms. Hamilton are awesome at assessing what young children think. I can totally understand how Gerry feels about not getting the princess part and having to settle for being a jester. Plus, I like the theme of this book. I like plays and musicals and ballets (not that I do ballet! No no no) a lot, so I like how this book takes place on stage. 🙂 I think this is a great book for younger kids!

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!fivebooks

Speaking of the theater –

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Playbill for BTE’s The Enchanted Pig. The cover was designed by a kid! 😀

Last week we went to see a play performed by a local theater group and it was AWESOME! I was so happy that my mom found a local theater company near where we moved to. The group is the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (click HERE to go to their website) and we saw The Enchanted Pig. It was HILARIOUS and well acted!!! It’s about a princess who is supposed to marry a pig and doesn’t want to (who would? Well, except maybe another pig…).

My favorite character was Mother Wormwood, the evil villain. She was interesting. 😉 I liked how the princess meets the Mothers of the Moon, Sun, and Wind. And how the Mother of the Wind wore Aviator Glasses/Goggles. 😀 Josie said her favorite character was Princess Wanda (not the main princess) and Princess Eulalie Irene (the main Princess)  and my mom liked King Gorgeous III the best. Actually all the actors were awesome (the Pig prince was great)! Just like the message in “The Very Fairy Princess: Takes the Stage” it shows that all of the actors are important to a show!

If you are in the Bloomsburg PA area make sure to check this theater group out! I can’t wait to go again!

Like the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble on Facebook HERE.

Follow Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble on Twitter – @BTE

20 Responses to “The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton”

  1. Beth Stilborn July 29, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Great review, Erik! It sounds as though you and Josie like The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage as much as I do! And the Enchanted Pig sounds hilarious. I am SO glad you found a theatre group nearby.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 29, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks Ms. Stillborn! We really loved the book! I think you would really enjoy the Enchanted Pig. We all laughed until our sides hurt! … and then we cracked up! 😉

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  2. Patricia Tilton July 29, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    I really enjoyed your review. Such a great series. I’m happy Josie likes the books so much! The enchanted Pig sounds wonderfully side-splitting. Excellent reviews.

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  3. Genevieve Petrillo July 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    A whole entire play about bacon!!? Yum. You are a lucky boy!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  4. Catherine Johnson July 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Fantastic, Erik! Me and my sister always got overlooked for play parts so much that my mum complained. Too bad because my sister would have made an amazing actress and she’s a good singer too.

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  5. Darlene July 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    The Enchanted Pig sounds like a wonderful play. So pleased that you are able to see these kind of performances. Such fun. Great review on a great book!

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  6. ontheplumtree July 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    I really love very fairy princesses. My granddaughter is one. And she would definitely NOTY settle for less than the starring role. And Theatre! Oh how great!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 30, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Neither would I (I’m fine with a lead part though 😉 )! I think your granddaughter would love these books!

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  7. readingwithrhythm July 30, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    I’ll have to check these books out! We have a very fairy princess ballerina in our family! I think she would like these. I like going to the theater too, but I don’t get to go anymore since I’m grown up. But I have a friend who got to be the dog in Annie for a local children’s theater. That was fun!

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  8. Emma Walton Hamilton July 30, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Dear Erik,
    Thank you for the shout-out! Your site is wonderful – my daughter is a big fan.
    Warmly,
    Emma Walton Hamilton

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 30, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Dear Ms. Walton Hamilton,
      I am so glad you took the time to stop by and comment!
      Sincerely,
      Erik

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  9. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog July 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Glad the play was awesome! I love to see live performances. 🙂

    I haven’t read these books by Julie Andrews Edwards- but I have read her book The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. My 5th grade students love it. A fun fantasy! She wrote it about 25 years ago. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this review!

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  10. DetroitFamilyFun August 3, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    I love your blog! I have a toddler and am always looking for the next Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site or SkippyJon Jones 🙂

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