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High Tea with Julie Andrews {Guest Post}

This post was written by Jennifer Kolodziej from Tastefully Childish. I decided that is was time to start cooking and find recipes my kids will enjoy. Both of my girls enjoy being in the kitchen so I have been trying to include them in the meal planning process by helping choose menus and prepare the meals. I will share recipes that my two girls have enjoyed, recipes that I have found easy for them to make on their own, kid-friendly restaurants, stories from the kitchen, arts and crafts incorporating food for a rainy day, as well as utensils and tools I have found useful for the kitchen.


My girls twirl around the room singing…

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh) From The Sound Of Music

When they get sick and they need to take medicine, we sing:

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way From Mary Poppins


Julie Andrews. Generations will know her for her beautiful voice and her many roles; as Mary Poppins, Maria from The Sound of Music, and Queen Clarisse Renaldi from The Princess Diaries to name a few. I’ve always been a huge fan but it wasn’t until I attended a High Tea to celebrate the release of The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl Question and Answer session with Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton that I realized her many other accomplished roles; as a mom and an Author.

For over 40 years, Julie Andrews has been publishing children’s books, mostly geared toward older children. While working on her memoir she was asked if she would ever do a Picture Book. About seventeen years ago, after the birth of her first son, Emma Walton Hamilton was looking for books to keep her son engaged. This sparked the Mom and Daughter collaboration. After the birth of Emma’s second child, her daughter, and seventeen drafts later, The Very Fairy Princess was born. With Emma’s daughter as their inspiration, Geraldine, is not your typical princess. She wears band aids on her knees and is a bit of a tomboy. She was created to empower girls to be who they want to be by letting their inner SPARKLE out and she overcomes many challenges throughout the series. In the most recent book, Graduation Girl, Geraldine struggles with having a new teacher who is male. She becomes worried that he won’t get her or let her be herself. She conquers her fears and rises to the challenge.

It’s no surprise that all of the books in the The Very Fairy Princess Series have reached #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. My girls can’t get enough of The Very Fairy Princess and every time I read a book in the series to them I can’t help but think that they are much like Gerry.
The future of the series is unknown. As Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton continue to write, the get to know Geraldine better and have tons of ideas. She becomes real and they know how she would react to different situations. They haven’t decided if Gerry will grow or take on more complex problems however you can be on the lookout for forthcoming books; a Halloween book, Doodle book, Early Level Reader books, and a paperback.



Thank you Stroller and the City, Little Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, and the lovely Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton for a wonderful afternoon.


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