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Heidi Heckelbeck Is a Flower Girl

Book #11 of Heidi Heckelbeck
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris

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About The Book

Everyone’s favorite witch is walking down the aisle—and whipping up a spell to save the wedding day!

Heidi’s Aunt Sophie is getting married, and guess who’s the flower girl? Heidi isn’t looking forward to the wedding, however. Her dress (with its awful ruffles around the neck) is super uncomfortable. Her brother Henry, on the other hand, can’t wait to be the ring bearer and carry the rings down the aisle. But what happens when Henry loses Aunt Sophie’s wedding ring? Will Heidi be able to stir up a spell and create a new ring before Henry walks down the aisle?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Excerpt

Heidi Heckelbeck had a lot on her mind. She had been spying on Principal Pennypacker for more than a week because she was pretty sure he was a witch. Why else would he have a Book of Spells in his office? At least, that’s what the book looked like. Now she just had to prove he was a witch. And on top of her witch detective work, Heidi had also been asked to be a flower girl in her aunt Sophie’s wedding.

  Aunt Sophie was Dad’s sister, and soon she was going to marry Uncle Ned in the Heckelbecks’ backyard. Well, Uncle Ned wasn’t actually Heidi’s uncle yet—not until after the wedding—but Heidi and Henry had called him Uncle Ned ever since he’d gotten engaged to Aunt Sophie. Now Heidi had to go dress shopping.

   

  Ugh, thought Heidi as she stood in the middle of Miss Harriet’s dress shop. She had never shopped for a fancy dress before. Now she was surrounded by them. Miss Harriet looked Heidi up and down. Then she sifted through the dress racks and pulled out dresses in a rainbow of pastel colors: strawberry, mint, yellow, cream, and blue.

   

 

  “You’ll make an enchanting flower girl in any one of these,” she said, holding the flouncy dresses in front of Heidi.

  Heidi frowned. I’ll look like a poofy powder puff in any one of those dresses, she thought. It wasn’t that Heidi hated dresses. It’s just that they weren’t exactly her style. She was more of an everyday girl.

   

 

  Heidi followed her mother into the dressing room. Then she pulled off her favorite kitty cat top and jean skirt. Heidi left on her black-and-white-striped tights and sneakers. Then she slipped a strawberry dress over her head. Mom tied the satin sash around Heidi’s waist. The dress had a scratchy skirt that stuck out like a giant lampshade.

   

 

  “I feel like I’m caught in a big fishing net,” complained Heidi. “And the skirt part is itchy.”

   

 

  “It’s called crinoline,” said Heidi’s mom. “It’s a very fancy dress material.”

  Heidi glanced in the mirror. “It looks like something Smell-a-nie would wear,” she said.

  Melanie Maplethorpe, also known as Smell-a-nie, was Heidi’s worst enemy.

  “Forget Melanie,” said Mom. “That dress is too pink with your red hair. Let’s try another one.”

   

 

  Heidi tried on another dress, and another and another.

  The mint dress made her look like she hadn’t slept in a week. The yellow dress made her look like a glass of lemonade. And the cream dress made her look like a miniature bride. Then Mom zipped the blue dress and tied the sash.

 

   

 

Heidi looked in the mirror. She turned this way and that while she looked at herself.

  “I love it,” said Mom.

  “ ‘Love’ is such a strong word,” said Heidi.

  “But it looks very good on you,” said Mom.

   

 

  Heidi scratched her neck. “The ruffles make me itch,” she said.

   

 

  “You will get used to them,” said Mom. “You won’t even realize they’re there when you walk down the aisle.”

  “Merg,” said Heidi.

  “Beautiful,” said Mom.

  “Perfect!” exclaimed Miss Harriet. “Except for the black-and-white-striped tights and sneakers.”

   

 

  Miss Harriet scurried into another room and came back with a pair of light blue ballet flats. She also brought Heidi a basket to hold her flower petals. Heidi had been told a flower girl had to sprinkle flower petals all along the wedding aisle.

   

 

  Heidi slipped on the blue flats and stared at her feet. Eww, she thought as she wrinkled her nose.

  Click! Miss Harriet snapped Heidi’s picture.

   

 

  “Perfect!” said Miss Harriet as she hurried to her computer to download the picture. “I’ll give you a copy to take home.”

   

 

  The flash had made Heidi see spots. She rubbed her eyes. Then she stared at herself again in the mirror.

  “Can I at least wear my blue-and-white-striped tights with this girly outfit?” asked Heidi.

  “Sure,” Mom said. “Be your own flower girl!”

  And that made Heidi feel a teeny bit better.

   

 

 

About The Author

Wanda Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.

About The Illustrator

(c) Priscilla Burris

Priscilla Burris is the illustrator and author-illustrator of many books for children. She attributes her love of children’s books and library visits to the East Los Angeles Library. Priscilla loves her role of creating characters and stories for readers everywhere. She lives in sunny Arizona, where she finds the sunrises and sunsets awe-inspiring. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (May 13, 2014)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481404983
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 570L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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