Recently I was invited to high tea with Julie Andrews. Let me repeat that… high tea with JULIE ANDREWS!
-i’m going to let that sink in-
Julie Andrews is such a part of my childhood, her films truly transported you to far off lands where song and dance and suspense and dancing penguins were all part of the everyday routine.
Julie Andrews is also a New York Times Best Selling author and has been penning children’s books for over 40 years. The tea I was invited to was for the release of her latest book – The Very Fairy Princess – Graduation Girl. The Very Fairy Princess is a children’s book series Ms. Andrews has written with her daughter ,Emma Walton Hamilton. There are several books in the series and this one follows the lead character – Geraldine – as she celebrates the end of school. While taking down her art work and cleaning out her cubby and saying goodbye to her dear teacher Mrs. Pim, Geraldine starts to get nervous about the new teacher next year.
Julie Andrews described the character of Geraldine as Eloise meets Hilary Clinton. How fitting! Geraldine’s character is inspired by Julie Andrews granddaughter Hope age 10. Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma, who co-authored the book, wanted to created a series which empowered girls. Even though Geraldine is wearing pink and tutus she has an inner sparkle and strength which comes through the stories.
Geraldine is much like my own Lilypie. Scrapped knees, rescuing frogs – who don’t really need to be rescued and climbing trees and singing to the fairies. Lily is very much this girl who wears tutus and frilly things while climbing trees and walking through mud puddles. My kinda girl! Lily and I have loved reading this whole series. I think Lily really finds points which relate to her. Anxiety about a new teacher, end of school year, making friends …etc.
So what’s coming up? I have to super scoop and it’s sooo good!
The next book in the series has a Halloween Theme and guess… just guess what Geraldine and her friend dress up as.
Geraldine is LADY MARY and her best friend is LADY CYBIL …from downtown abbey!! I mean how brilliant!
There is also a doodle book and ” i can read” books in the works.
Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma have such a special bond. She had some advice for parents to create strong bonds with their kids.
- Read to your children often
- Write stories together
- Go on endless adventures in the garden and make up stories
- Spend time with your kids… the dishes can wait.
I absolutely loved meeting Julie Andrews she was such a gem and I was really fortunate to be at this very small gathering of media.
The Very Fairy Princess – Graduation Girl is available in stores right now.