Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale

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9780060275433: Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale

Tall as an eyelash,
quick as a plane
was the tiniest fairy,
Penelope Jane.

Penelope Jane de la Fesser, a flying French fairy, is just the perfect size to live in the right-hand dresser drawer of her very best friend, five-year-old Carrie. When this eyelash-fall fairy decides one day to go to school with Carrie, she doesn't let her tiny size stand in the way of getting into some really big trouble! But when the whole school is suddenly in danger, Penelope Jane musters a lion's share of courage in order to save the day.

This deluxe book-and-CD package features the original song "How to Be Strong," written and performed by Grammy Award-winning singer Rosanne Cash. Quirky, energetic illustrations by award-winning artist G. Brian Karas bring to life the mountains of fun packed info this story about the smallest of heroines.

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Penelope Jane, an eyelash-high French fairy, promises to act "perfectement" if only she can accompany her best friend, Carrie, to school. But Penelope's behavior is far from perfect: she logrolls the chalk, falls in the glue, and gets stuck in a sandwich, covered with mustard. Finally, the teacher sends the boisterous sprite to a corner, while all the other children file out for lunch. Chagrined, Penelope Jane sits quietly, until... Oh no! Fire in the trash can! Poor P.J. is too light to pull the alarm bell. Is the classroom doomed to burn? Not if this feisty fairy has anything to say about it!

Penelope Jane's quick wits and very human (even for a fairy) flaws make her a terrific--albeit tiny--role model. When faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, she remembers a song her mother sings, called "How to Be Strong," and, buoyed by this esteem booster, she manages to save the day. In her first children's book, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash has produced a lively, likable heroine and a thoroughly satisfying fairy's tale, complete with lyrics and music. G. Brian Karas's fluttery fairy wing illustrations and mounds of crusty fairy-baked croissants ("Seven croissants / was their favorite treat") are a perfect foil for Cash's droll rhyming text. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Rosanne Cash is a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter who has released ten record albums over the post twenty years, which have charted eleven number-one singles and earned numerous accolades for songwriting and performance. Her first book, Bodies of Water, was published in 1995 to widespread critical acclaim. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford-American, and various other periodicals and collections. She also teaches a songwriting workshop. Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale is her first book for children. Ms. Cash lives in New York City with her husband, John Leventhal, and her children.

G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including On Earth and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. The picture books he has illustrated include Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Cari Best. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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