Andrews opens each section with a personal letter to readers sharing memories of her own holiday celebrations with her children and grandchildren, offering a heartfelt glimpse into the moments she holds most dear. This keepsake collection will encourage an early love of poetry and is bound to become a classic for families to read together and revisit throughout the seasons.
A vast array of poems old and new joyously celebrates each special day of the year, telling of New Year's resolutions, Valentine's Day love, Easter parades, Fourth of July fireworks, and more. From the cold of winter to the new hope of spring, the brisk fall to the steamy summer, Caldecott Honor illustrator Marjorie Priceman's vibrant watercolor paintings ring in every month of the year, bringing each season to joyful life. Featuring verse from favorites like Walt Whitman, Jack Prelutsky, and Langston Hughes and poetic lyrics from the likes of Cole Porter and Oscar Hammerstein, plus heartfelt introductions by Julie Andrews describing favorite family holiday moments, this is the perfect collection for families to share together.
Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Julie is the author of many beloved children's books, including Mandy and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, as well as a bestselling memoir, Home.
Emma Walton Hamilton is a bestselling children's book author, editor, educator and theater arts professional. With her mother, Julie Andrews, Emma is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series, the I Can Read! DUMPY easy readers series, and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, an anthology for families to treasure and share.
Marjorie Priceman is the illustrator and/or author of more than 30 books for children. She was awarded Caldecott Honors for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! and Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride. Marjorie lives in Lewisberg, PA.
Praise for The Very Fairy Princess:
"[Geraldine] lets kids know it's not necessary to be prim and proper to be a 'real' princess; princesses who just want to have fun will find plenty of that here." - Booklist
"The mother-daughter team successfully demonstrates an understanding of that magical stage of childhood in which determination, desire and dreams can transform reality." - Kirkus
"Geraldine radiates noblesse oblige, heedless energy, and a sense of destiny-she's Eloise crossed with Hillary Clinton." - PW
Praise for Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies:
New York Times Bestseller
"This is a warmly sentimental collection, leavened with humor and poignancy, ...educators and librarians will also embrace it for its sincere advocacy of reading aloud." - SLJ
"Julie Andrews and her daughter's selection of material for children... is bound to become a favorite." - PW