Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane

Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane


The Woodsies have been very active designing castles that would delight the Royal Families of Europe! We used large and small paper towel tubes for turrets and recycled cardboard packing material for the castle.  Add some color with crayons and glitter and you have a sparkling palace fit for a King or Queen!

Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide is one of the picturebooks I read during our Fairy Tale Story Time. The children enjoyed the story about the gravity-defying princess who wanted to play outside the castle walls and the little boy with his kite who rescues her each time she takes flight.

Go here for a Cardboard Castle Tutorial

Princess Hyacinth is a written and illustrated by bestselling Caldecott Honor artist and legendary author team up in this Parents’ Choice Silver Award Book!  Princess Hyacinth has a problem: she floats. And so the king and queen have pebbles sewn into the tops of her socks, and force her to wear a crown encrusted with the heaviest jewels in the kingdom to keep her earthbound. But one day, Hyacinth comes across a balloon man and decides to take off all her princess clothes, grab a balloon, and float free. Hooray! Alas, when the balloon man lets go of the string . . . off she goes. Luckily, there is a kite and a boy named Boy to save her

Title:  Princess Hyacinth
Author: Florence Parry Heide
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Format: Picture Book
Ages/Grade:  PreK-Grade 2



I’m a Boston girl through and through! I love steampunk… in fact, I had a steampunk wedding. I love Victorian Gothic novels and am currently writing a middle grade novel titled Claudette and the Bibliotheque! I have an MA in Children's Literature and an MS in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston. I do not read anything but books for children and young adults. Ever.

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