Princess Hyacinth has a problem – she floats. It’s not a problem indoors, because the adults can always use a ladder to get her down. However, if she wants to go outdoors, she must wear clothing that has been so weighted down that she can hardly move. Consequently, she stays inside a lot, and gets very bored. Until one day….
Yes, it’s a silly story, and appeals to kids in the way that silly stories do. What *would* it be like to float away free in the sky? And of course, the several references to Hyacinth’s Royal Underwear get giggles from readers of a certain age.
As a grown-up, I found it a nice enough story, with one nagging irritant. Why is Hyacinth’s eventual friend just named Boy? Every time I read that name it grates on me. Nomenclature aside, I was glad to see that Boy is willing to help Hyacinth with her problem with no expectation for himself. Yes, he does receive a bag of gold in reward at one point, but his friendship with Hyacinth appears to be genuine.
Overall, a book to read simply because the kids like it.
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Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Lane Smith. Schwartz and Wade, 2009.