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Annotation: The Glass Kingdom has begun to crack, and only Bloom--a fairy previously banished for her messiness--has the magic to save it. But where is Bloom? Genevieve, an ordinary girl, may be the only one who can find her.
Catalog Number: #117564
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Small, David,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-442-40620-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-93554-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-442-40620-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-93554-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015002029
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When the glass castle starts shattering to pieces, the king knows just who to ask oom, a helpful but messy fairy he once banished for leaving too many muddy tracks behind. When he finds Bloom in the woods, he asks for her magic, but all she shows him is a bucket of mud. Aghast, he decides to send an ordinary servant, Genevieve, to deal with her instead. At first, delicate Genevieve, too, is dismayed by Bloom's love of mud. But soon, Bloom shows her its magic 's perfect for making bricks d before long, they're up to their elbows in it. Covered in dirt and grime, Genevieve returns to the glass castle with a solution that, though not dainty or tidy, is exactly what the king needs. Small's swirly ink-and-watercolor illustrations in soft pastel colors are full of comic details, and whenever Bloom is around, appropriately muddy splatters cover the page. In a charmingly old-fashioned tone that's ideal for reading aloud, this ode to messiness reminds little ones that sometimes ordinary things are perfectly magical. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Both Cronin and Small are award winners, and their team-up for this title should double its appeal.
Horn Book
When their glass kingdom falls to ruin, the king and queen need the magical assistance of dirt-loving, forest-dwelling fairy Bloom, but they won't accept her on her (muddy) terms. Cronin, an ace at plotting, is in fine form here, resulting in a top-drawer girl-power-themed fairy tale. The elegant art is all the more impressive for dazzling under a layer of dirt.
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 3 Though her outward appearance is chock-full of dirt, the fairy Bloom is delightfully talented. Underappreciated and misunderstood, she retreats into the wilderness. Without Bloom's magical touch, her kingdom falls into disarray, "held together by duct tape, glue, and peasants." Though the king and then the queen search for answers to fix their kingdom ("I am looking for a magical creature, gone so many years ago"), they are too haughty to understand the sprite's message when she places mud at their feet. A seemingly ordinary girl named Genevieve, whose only job in the kingdom is to carry the queen's delicate, unbreakable spoon, is next sent in their stead. Though initially puzzled by Bloom's mannerisms, Genevieve learns from the fairy and develops the skills she needs to rebuild her kingdom Bloom's inspiring outlook ("Tell them there is no such thing as an ordinary girl") paves the way for Genevieve to return home. Humor is laced throughout the charming narrative, highlighted through Genevieve's dramatic growth and the expressive ink and watercolor illustrations. Wavy, thin lines accentuate the ebb and flow of Bloom's magical world. Changing typography emphasizes key ideas and natural pauses within the story line. VERDICT This engaging, empowering tale proves the future of happily ever after is in one own's hands, regardless of how much dirt they may have on them. Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
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Word Count: 1,359
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 182016 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 720L

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator David Small comes a picture book about how an extraordinary “ordinary” girl can save a kingdom with the help of a mud fairy.

A glass kingdom is no place for a Mud Fairy. Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out.

But when the glass castle begins to crack, then cracks some more, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy, but they can’t find Bloom anywhere. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevievewhose sole task until now has been to polish the Queen’s crystal sugar spoon—to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom. But it will take the two girls working together, along with a mighty dollop of self-confidence—and some very messy hands—to accomplish the extraordinary.

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